[gear] 85 But Not Yet Raiding
My guild has tasked myself and my guildmates to plan out gear in order to get ready to raid. Of course, we have a week or two on our raid calendar already for Five-Man-Festivals, and it’d be great to know what blues I ought to look out for.
Normally, I’d just go by my usual stat priority.
This is a gear list which means it’s super long, so I’m going to try to break up this post with a more! tag. As far as I can figure out, my settings should still keep a full post in the feed reader, but let me know if it doesn’t.
Stats We Like | For Affliction, your stat priority is hit (to cap) > intellect > haste > mastery > crit. Most of the time. Spirit is useless. Spellpower is still on things like weapons or trinket procs/uses and it technically ranks just below haste, but I don’t bother to list it since it’s no longer a wide-spread armor stat.
Armor specialization? LOL Cloth. It never gets old, ‘uh?
Weapons warlocks can use? Dagger or 1H Sword plus an Off Hand OR a Staff. Wands go in our ranged/relic slot.
Spirit Sucks | I’m avoiding spirit items, since spirit is useless to warlocks. There’s plenty of non-spirit items for each slot as well, except maybe bracers and boots, oddly enough. If you must take a spirit item, reforge the spirit to hit, haste, or mastery. I understand that maybe you took a spirit item because RNG hates your guts, but especially when it comes to justice points or gold at a rep vendor, don’t choose the spirit item.
Raid Bag | I’ll do desirable enchants, gems, flasks, pots, and food in another post.
How I Made This List | I used Wowhead for the most part, but cross-checked with in-game resources AtlasLoot Enhanced and vendors (JP & VP are already up!). If it didn’t have a location on Wowhead (like this one), and I couldn’t confirm where it would drop using ALE (there’s no heroic Stockades, is there?), I didn’t list it here. Archaeology items didn’t have a confirmed skill level, but speculation is that they are deep-skill and/or rare drops, so I listed them as 525 with a question mark.
I know my stat priority, but I had to use a SimulationCraft on my current level 80 self to get any sort of numerical stat weighting. I didn’t take gemming into account, but a gem shouldn’t drastically change an item’s score, so I didn’t worry too much about it. Enchants would be the same across items in a slot, so I didn’t include those either. I also did not reforge anything; I figure reforging will be used to fill in stat gaps as needed.
I approximated mastery’s value since the SimulationCraft scale factors (bar graph with text values) didn’t include it, but the Plot by DPS option (a line graph without text values) did. I also eyeballed the stats of the items on the page to make sure their scores made sense at a glance to me. When I was iffy that two items were about the same, the scores would be only a couple of points off, so it seems to be accurate enough for now. Here’s an example of my stat weights & search parameters. If you browse using the database drop-down options (e.g. Database > Items > Armor > Cloth > *drop-down*), you can keep the stat weights & scores as you browse.
Item Levels | I’m going to leave T11 and gear obtainable in raids (including using Valor Points) out of this list. That’s another list for another day. Some of the items on my Wowhead list were raid items since I used 346-359 ilvl for parameters to catch all the profession craftable & reputation purples.
Purple drop locations indicate a 359 ilevel item; everything else should be 346 blues.
OMG LINKS EVERYWHERE | I’m not fond of scrolling large amounts of lists, and since the only collapsible function I can get out of Free WordPress is in a sourcecode box — which would defeat the purpose of links — I’m just going to do jump lists for you. I’m also going to list them in priority of what’s most desirable according to my scores (topmost in a slot had the best score).
[^ top] Head
Helm of the Typhonic Beast – Setesh, Halls of Origination H
Cowl of Pleasant Gloom – 2200 JP
Crown of Enfeebled Bodies – Erudax, Grim Batol H
Blinders of the Follower – Lord Walden, Shadowfang Keep H
[^ top] Neck
String of Beaded Bubbles – 1250 JP
(A) Lightning Flash Pendant – Exalted, Wildhammer Clan
(H) Yellow Smoke Pendant – Exalted, Dragonmaw Clan
Charm of the Muse – Zone Drop, Halls of Origination H
Pipefish Cord – Neptulon’s Cache, Throne of the Tides H
Tauntka’s Necklace – Barim, Lost City of the Tol’vir H
Pendant of the Keep – Silverlaine, Shadowfang Keep H
Eye of Many Depths – Jewelcrafting 525
[^ top] Back
Ritssyn’s Ruminous Drape – BoE World Drop
Periwinkle Cloak – Naz’jar, Throne of the Tides H
Cloak of Ancient Wisdom – Revered, Earthen Ring
Shadow of Perfect Bliss – Asaad, Vortex Pinnacle H
[^ top] Chest
Inquisition Robes – Rom’ogg, Blackrock Caverns
Robes of Orsis – Revered, Ramkahen
Robes of Embalmed Darkness – 2200 JP
Robes of Rampant Growth – Ammunae, Halls of Origination H
Corair’s Overshirt – Cookie, Deadmines H
Robes of Arugal – Ashbury, Shadowfang Keep H
[^ top] Fingers / Rings
Ring of the Boy Emperor – Archaeology 525?
(A) Band of Singing Grass – Revered, Wildhammer Clan
(H) Band of Lamentation – Revered, Dragonmaw Clan
Band of Rays – Rajh, Halls of Origination H
Anthia’s Ring – Ghur’sha, Throne of the Tides H
Abandoned Dark Iron Ring – Trash, Grim Batol H
Diamant’s Ring of Temperance – Revered, Therazane
Rose Quartz Band – Slabhide, The Stonecore H
Lavishly Jeweled Ring – Ripsnarl, Deadmines H
Spirit Creeper Ring – Husam, Lost City of the Tol’vir H
Ring of Warring Elements – Jewelcrafting 525
[^ top] Trinkets
Tyrande’s Favorite Doll – Archaeology 525?
Figurine: Jeweled Serpent – Jewelcrafting 475
Witching Hourglass – Obsidius, Blackrock Caverns H
Stump of Time – Exalted, Baradin’s Wardens (A) / Hellscream’s Reach (H)
Anhuur’s Hymnal – Anhuur, Halls of Origination H
Gale of Shadows – Erudax, Grim Batol H
Darkmoon Card: Volcano – Volcanic Deck (A-8 of Embers)
Sorrowsong – Siamat, Lost City of the Tol’vir H
Tendrils of Burrowing Dark – Ozruk, The Stonecore H
[^ top] Main Hand + Off Hand / 2H
>> Main Hands
Beak of Julak-Doom – Julak-Doom, World Boss (Twilight Highlands)
Elementium Spellblade – Blacksmithing 520
Modgud’s Blade – Umbriss, Grim Batol H
Blade of the Burning Sun – Rajh, Halls of Origination H
Biting Wind – Ertan, Vortex Pinnacle H
Staff of Sorcerer-Thane Thaurissan – Archaeology 525?
Cerith Spire Staff – Ulthok, Throne of the Tides H
Insidious Staff – Revered, Baradin’s Wardens (A) / Hellscream’s Reach (H)
Emberstone Staff – Foe Reaper 5000, Deadmines H
Staff of Siphoned Essences – Erudax, Grim Batol H