GG Blizzard, You’ve Won: ICC 25s BiS List March 18, 2010Posted by Leiyan in Icecrown Citadel, Loot, Tree.
My ICC25s Best-in-Slot Gear List
This list completely excludes any and all drops from heroic mode ICC, either 10s or 25s. Also, this is only my current BiS gear…and I discuss below, it has been quite a trip to get to this point.
Head: Sanctified Lasherweave Helmet
Neck: Bone Sentinel’s Amulet
Shoulder: Sanctified Lasherweave Pauldrons
Back: Greatcloak of the Turned Champion
Chest: Vestments of Spruce and Fir
Wrist: Braces of Eternal Dreaming
Hands: Sanctified Lasherweave Gauntlets
Waist: Professor’s Bloodied Smock
Legs: Sanctified Lasherweave Legplates
Feet: Blessed Cenarion Boots
Finger: Marrowgar’s Frigid Eye Memory of Malygos + Ashen Band of Endless Wisdom
Trinkets: Althor’s Abacus + Purified Lunar Dust
Off-Hand: Sundial of Eternal Dusk
Relic: Idol of the Black Willow
Now, as I said at the top of this post, this is just my current BiS wish list. I have at least 5 other iterations saved in the WoWHead Profiler, and countless other small changes and edits which I didn’t record anywhere.
During my lunch break, I was re-reading the post on MMO-Champion from March 1st regarding Cataclysm Stat Changes, and this line from Eyonix really stood out to me.
Our ultimate goal is make gear a more interesting (and less confusing) choice…
Well, congrats Blizzard. Not only have I played WoW for a bajillion hours these last two weeks (read: more hours than I would care to admit), I have also spent countless hours over the same two weeks theorycrafting my gear, my enchants, my gems, and my spec in my free time.
Despite all of that, I am still not 100% certain this is the route I want to go with my gear.
When you get right down to it, there are so many good options for speccing and gearing, all of which accomplish the same basic goal of getting myself haste capped. After that, I just have to decide if I would rather trade talent points for stats.
Go all the way to 3/3 CF, loose Emp Touch, but gain better stats through dropping haste gems?
Get a little bit of everything with 2/3CF, 2/3 Living Spirit [see Rethinking Living Spirit from Beruthiel], 2/2 Emp Touch, and sticking with a few haste gems?
And there are so many more variations… Obviously some will appear to be better choices to you than others, but it all depends on your healing style and what you value in terms of stats. Personally, I’ve found myself wavering between all sorts of possibilities, finding myself convinced I wanted to go one direction only to change my mind completely the next day.
Right now, I think I am pretty settled in the above list… I have spent two weeks contemplating this stuff after all. However, I still feel as if I could play with the options and figure out another combination that I like even better.
But I will tell you this, if it was Blizzard’s goal to make gear and talent choices interesting, I’d say they are headed in the right direction as far as Restoration Druids are concerned.