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6-23-2008 @ 9:13AM
Buy cheap +hit common gems and throw them in there, ignoring the socket bonuses. This will help you a *lot*, and the gems shouldn't be more than 3 or 4g, even cheaper if you buy them "raw" and have someone cut them for you. Get some basic enchants like assault and +agi for your boots and you're good to go for a while. Don't worry about your weapons until you get want you want from Kara, then get mongoose on both of them. You can put +dmg or fiery or whatever's cheap for you right now if want a glowy.
6-23-2008 @ 10:25AM
Decent advice, though raw gems are not so cheap since 2.4 and Brilliant Glass. But even still, it's worth the cost.
6-23-2008 @ 1:45PM
Gem vendors have an assortment of very inexpensive gems that will give you a little boost up. I'm currently at lvl 65 on my Warrior and have a few pieces of gear that can be slotted, and that is what I've done, even though I can get blue gems cut for free, and have a stack of uncuts sitting in the bank... I don't want to waste them on gear I will be replacing shortly. The gem vendors are a perfect compromise.My main is a 375 enchanter and I've tossed enchants on any BOE gear I put my warrior in, but I don't go looking for anyone to do the BOP stuff. Enchanting is an expensive process and it hurts a little bit everytime I enchant something just to dump it a few days later. I recommend checking out some of the recent posts that WOW Insider has done on gearing up for Kara. Get the easiest stuff you can get your hands on, with the assumption that it is going to go bye-bye as soon as you walk into Kara. To make up any difference on raid night, just make sure you show up with enough consumables to give those extra well-fed buffs, and battle elixers, etc... Also, find an enchanter friend or guildie. Give them all of your BOE greens that you get running around the world, you can get several every day just from the daily quests. Ask them to DE them for you so you can save up some mats for enchants. Ask nicely and they might say, "Heck, 12 arcane dust is nothing. I'll just toss that on there for free." If a guildie knows that you're trying to gear up to be an asset to the team, they are likely to be helpful. Talk to the GL as well, about guild bank rules and how to trade for enchants or gems. Let them know that you're putting in the effort to be part of the raiding team. "Hey, GL, I'm trying to get geared up for Kara, could you give some advice on gems and enchants? Should I get them on this gear? What do you think? Let me know where you want me gear-wise so I can get there." The GL will scratch their head and wonder if Christmas came early. "A guild member who is actually trying to do stuff, and doesn't just want stuff handed over?" They will jump at the chance to help you.
6-23-2008 @ 1:56PM
Those red gems (even green quality) run 15-20g now. The yellow gems (geren quality) are pretty cheap. Those +6 hit gems will go a long way. Many of the enchants are dirt cheap, ie assault, +12 agi for cloak, etc. I'd get all the green quality gems and cheap enchants you can get, unless the gear is level 65 or green. I just made 4 epics this weekend (windhawk set, gloves of living touch), and gemed those with the best blue quality gems i could get, and some decent enchants. I may never upgrade them things being the way they are (at least until mid-Wraith), so it's a good investment. My advice is to gem/enchant what you can now. Don't pay more than 100-200g though.
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