Spirit is Not for Pure DPS

As a part of the on-going evaluation of Looking For Raid and the loot system, we have recently implemented a change to the Looking For Raid Need Plus system. Weapons, trinkets, rings, neck pieces, shields, offhand items, and the Robe of Glowing Stone are now class-restricted to their intended users. With the speed at which a Raid Finder group moves through a zone, we’ve found that it makes it challenging for players to evaluate loot decisions – by class restricting these items, we hope that the natural behavior will have a more positive set of results for everyone involved. This change will not apply to normal or heroic raid or dungeon loot rules.

–  Blizzard, 13 Dec 2011

Bold emphasis mine.

As a result, the following items are available to warlocks:

  • Finger of Zon’ozz — wand
  • Rathrak, the Poisonous Mind — dagger
  • Ti’tahk, the Steps of Time — staff
  • Cunning of the Cruel — trinket
  • Will of Unbinding — trinket
  • Insignia of the Corrupted Mind — trinket
  • Infinite Loop — ring
  • Ring of the Riven — ring

The spirit cloth isn’t on that list.  The spirit jewelery and offhands are not on that list.  The healing-focus trinkets are not on that list.

All the pieces I thought would be on that list when I did my spreadsheet that does not include spirit or healer-focus gear is on that list.  It’s not that hard to tell the difference between a healing piece and a DPS piece (though, every once in a while a trinket can be both).

Some people say you can use spirit items and reforge off the spirit, but you’re still left with 60% of an utterly useless stat.  I’ll let it slide if someone uses a place-holder while leveling, but at end-game, spirit as a pure DPS is stupid.

Now, if only Blizzard would fix their stupid Dungeon Journal loot list so people wouldn’t be so misguided about using Spirit cloth as a warlock or mage.

Look at this. They list SPIRIT cloth under WARLOCK. /facepalm
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Spirit is Not for Pure DPS

5 thoughts on “Spirit is Not for Pure DPS

  1. Absolutely. When ever they change the NEED/GREED button logic, they should change the logic behind the Journal. 🙂 Of course, I did pickup that healie quest reward for my lock, simply because it WAS replacing a 353 Troll-roic helm. 378 > 353 spirit or not.

  2. Same as Elkagorasa, I got a 378 spirit helm on my mage because it is better than a 333 I was wearing. It was a quest reward. I would never have rolled on it and as a mage or a lock I should never be allowed to roll on it. I will change it the second I get a chance. I have not even wasted gems and enchants on it, it is a placeholder piece, nothing more.

    I am a bit sad with the fact that they changed some of the stuff but not all of it. There are still so many things that are not labeled correctly. They say that the LFR is supposed to be there to help teach people, what exactly are they trying to teach people, that using gear that is not itemized for your class is okay?

    This is still the test run for them, hopefully in the next expansion they will think about this stuff a little more before hand.

    1. @Elk & Grumpy:

      Cowl of the Highborne Sorceror (crit/mastery, drops from Murozond) is the drop you should shoot for; otherwise, there’s the 2200 VP helm, Hood of Hidden Flesh (hit/crit).

  3. IMHO, the name “Robe of Glowing Stone”, it’s just too happy sounding (like a nice warm rock) to sound warlock-y. That alone should be enough of a trigger for a lock not to want to equip it. Now, Robes of Searing Shadow, obviously covers locks. Burnt shadows though?? Nice alliteration, bad visualization.

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