I read a nice thread over at EJ outlining all of the gear options that are available prior to raiding that preferably had spirit on them. I was combing through them and it had me thinking that I should map out my primary and secondary choices at each slot (as all of the stats have a usefulness) and then take a look at what dungeons I needed to run to get them. I have to give a thanks to Lightflower over at EJ for compiling the master list that I am pulling stuff from. I’m valuing haste / int initially but as I get gear if I find I’m awkwardly between haste break points I can see myself swapping over to a crit or mastery piece so this list is still very much subjective.
Again the source of this list is not my creation. Items listed as heroic are generally available in normal mode between 316 and 333 ilevel. I also am weighing crit generally above mastery but haste is still taken above all else just so I can tailor my gear around the haste caps after the fact.
[Camouflage Bio-Optic Killshades] obtained from Engineering. One of the noticeable perks of being an engineer at the first level of raid content in an expansion.
For the non engineers the only haste 85 blue helm is [Cluster of Stars] obtained through justice points.
Primary – [Quicksilver Amulet] : Karsh Steelbender in Blackrock Caverns Heroic
Primary – [Mantle of Bestilled Winds] : Altairus in Vortex Pinnacle Heroic
Secondary – [Spaulders of the Endless Plains] Dragonmaw rep reward
Primary – [Solar Wind Cloak] : Rajh in Halls of Origination Heroic
Primary – [Robes of Forgetfulness] obtained through justice points. Only available item with spirit and haste in this slot.
Secondary – [Chestguard of Nature’s Fury] BOE cratable with no spirit but crit and mastery.
Primary – [Armbands of Change]: Corla, Herald of Twilight in Blackrock Caverns, decent option with haste
Primary – [Deep Delving Gloves] : Slabhide in Stonecore Heroic
Primary – [Lightning Lash] is BOE & craftable by Leatherworkers
Primary – [Decapod Slippers] Mindbender Ghur’sha in Throne of the Tides Heroic
Secondary – [Vision-Tainted Treads] Quest reward
[Ring of the Great Whale] is a BOE drop from Throne of the Tides
[Diamant’s Ring of Temperance] obtained via Therazane: Revered
[Band of Life Energy] : Ammunae in Halls of Origination Heroic
Primary : Tatooed Eyeball craftable BoE Inscription
Secondary : Book of the well sung song Heroic Deadmines
Tear of Blood : Azil in Stonecore Heroic
Witching Hourglass : Obsidius in Blackrock Cavern Heroic
Sea Star : Neptulon in Throne of Tides Heroic
Gale of shadows : Erudax in Grim Batol Heroic
Soul Releaser : Ptah in Halls of Origination Heroic
Secondary – Biting Wind : Ertan in Vortex Pinnacle Heroic; Torturer’s mercy : Rom’ogg Bonecrusher Blackrock Caverns Heroic; Bioluminescent lamp : Nepulon in Throne of Tides Heroic; Prophet’s Scepter : Azil in Stonecore Heroic
Assuming that I get my hands on all of my primary options here is a breakdown of what i’d get NOT including cogwheel bonuses, gem bonuses, trinkets, or enchant bonuses:
Spirit – +1414
Haste Rating – +1351
Crit Rating – +429
Mastery Rating – +202
Without factoring gems and cogwheel bonuses it is tough to see if that is adequate to start off with. Once I do a further review of the haste break points I can see where changes need to be made. Do I swap out a piece of spirit/crit gear for a non spirit haste/X item or the other way around for more regen.
Let’s look at where I need to go to get the items that I want:
Helm – crafted
Neck – Blackrock Cavers Heroic
Shoulder – Vortex Pinnacle Heroic
Cloak – Halls of Origination Heroic
Chest – bought with Justice Points
Wrist – Blackrock Caverns
Gloves – Stonecore Heroic
Legs – Lost City of Tol’vir Heroic or bought with Justice Points
Waist – Crafted BoE
Boots – Throne of the Tides Heroic
Ring – Rep, or Throne of the Tides or Halls of Origination Heroic
Relic – Crafte BoE
Weapon – Staff and Mace drop in Halls of Origination Heroic
Trinket – Stonecore Heroic, Blackrock Cavern Heroic (int trinkets)
Looks like i’m going all over the place once I’m ready for heroics though Halls of Origination is definitely high on my list. Maybe this is helpful for you, or maybe you think I’m crazy! Right now I’m just caught up in the thrill of the expansion and I like to plan out what I need to do to get ready for raiding again. My stat priorities could be slightly out of whack but that is the kind of thing I’ll learn quick enough.
For more information on this topic please head over to Lissanna’s gear list as she breaks down multiple option per slot so you can think about sidegrades: http://www.restokin.com/caster-druid-85-pre-raid-gear/