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Epic Diapers #64: Heirlooms Shmeirlooms

28 May
Not sexy gear, but who gives a rat's ass when it boots you by 50%!?

Not sexy gear, but who gives a rat’s ass when it boots you by 50%!?

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a segment, but hey, kids, research expeditions and other events have kept me away from the game for a bit. However, I’m back in and committed to getting all 11 classes to level 100. How, do you ask? With heirlooms, of course! You can upgrade all heirlooms to level 100 now, and if you plan out carefully, you can maximize your leveling efficiency. First of all, cloth heirlooms not only work on locks, mages and priests, but I also use them on my boomkin and elemental shaman. That’s 5 classes! It’ll cost you 2,000 gold for each of the 5 armor upgrades, not including the pirate’s ring, but that’s 10,000 gold to get you a 45% boost to experience gain on 5 toons from 90-100. You can also spend another 5k on the heirloom staff, but that’s up to you. I personally did it so as to not have to worry about a weapon upgrade as I leveled. Of course, if you can purchase or make a 630 weapon, go ahead and do so.

At level 91, you can also purchase a 20% leveling buff potion, making your total experience gain around 65%! With the pirate ring, it’s 70%! If you craft a few 630 pieces, you’ll be a one toon wrecking crew, sailing your way to 100. The question is, what’s worth more to you? Virtual gold or your time? I’d say time, especially since you can use some of your saved time to make back some of the coin you spent on the heirlooms in the first place.

Now I’m off to get my lock, mage and priest to 100 in style!

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Prepping for Patch 5.4

23 Aug

I wonder if those roof tiles are fire-retardant?

Following up on one of my recent segments on how to prep your main or alt(s) for patch 5.4, Blizzard and Wowhead have come out with some excellent summaries on how to go about doing this.

Now that valor and justice point costs seem to be set, you can plan out what gear to purchase and/or upgrade with your capped valor and justice. I myself have been on vacation and extremely busy at work, so I’m actually glad that they pushed 5.4 back 2 weeks. Of course, I’ll just have another excuse to push this off.

Although these guides are nice, they don’t prioritize what YOU want to replace/upgrade in game. For me, I’m taking a look at replacing my lowest ilevel gear first for my Warlock alt, then looking at what gear has the biggest ilevel jump for what I can purchase. This all can changes upon if and when I get more Barrens Battlefield upgrades.

If I don’t get any Barrens upgrades, but I DO cap out valor and justice in time (actually, I KEEP capping JP and have nothing to spend it on except converting to honor), I’ve prioritized my purchases with a little spreadsheet that tells me what’s the biggest item boost for my buck for my lock. Now, bear in mind that I don’t have any BiS gear, and the only 522 piece that I have is a necklace, so I’m not planning on using any valor to upgrade items. Besides, to upgrade an item 4 ilevel points costs 250 valor, which is 62.5 valor points per ilevel. With my 3,000 valor points, I can only purchase a maximum of 3 pieces anyway, and each one of them blow away upgrade efficiency by a longshot, and of course, I’m going for max ilevel boost right now. I can buy a ring, bracers, and a trinket for 2805 valor points total, but that will raise my ilevel by a total of 208 points. Throw in 2 pieces to upgrade with justice points, and I’ll raise my gear level from 469 to 487 and qualify for all LFR raids except the new Seige of Orgrimmar, which requires a 496 ilevel. However, with two or three pieces of gear from Barrens and hopefully a much-needed weapon upgrade, I could be raiding Orgrimmar with strangers within a week of the patch dropping.

My main could use some upgrades for sure, but he’s at 497, so he’ll be able to stroll into Orgrimmar when 5.4 drops anyway. My poor main…he misses raiding terribly.

 

Drop it Like it’s Relevant

15 Nov

Aw man, none of us wear this gear!

I’ve often wondered if Blizzard would ever implement a more targeted loot system in raids and dungeons. How many times have you been in a group when holy pally gear drops…and there’s not even a paladin in the group? Similar to that, we’ve had quite a streak of “Paladin, Priest, Warlock” tier gear dropping in Firelands. Although we do have a priest and a pally (no lock) in our raid, the gear has dropped so many times, they have both their main and offspec pieces already, while the DK token (me) has not dropped even once. We are sharding quite a few pieces in Firelands, yet our group still has a few gear spots to fill.

If I were grand poo-bah of Blizzard, I would consider implementing a system that would drop random loot, but only draw from a pool of loot that is relevant to not only the class composition, but spec as well. Let’s say you have an elemental shaman in the group, but no hunter. Well, this new system would drop intellect mail, but not agility mail. Ok, ok, of course some of you would prefer to have offspec pieces drop as well, so as a compromise, I suppose I would just restrict it to class so that would drop…sheesh. At least this would stop holy pally gear from dropping because I mean, who wears intellect plate?!

Share your stories of loot irrelevance.

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