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Phat Loot Phriday: Touch of Madness


Since Rogues will be able to break out the Axes in patch 3.2, here's one for you stabby-stabby types to start aiming for now.

Name: Touch of Madness (Wowhead, Thottbot, WoWDB)
Type: Epic One-hand Axe
Damage/Speed: 297-552 / 2.60 (163.3 DPS)
Attributes:
  • +24 Agility, +52 Stamina
  • Improves hit rating by 34, crit strike rating by 26, and attack power by 92


  • Unfortunately, Shaman are pretty happy about this weapon already (especially the Orcs among them, who get a nice bonus to axes), and Death Knights have a use for it as well, but of course that Agility and those stats mean that this is one of the only high-level axes currently in the game for Rogues, who'll be able to equip them in the next patch. Competition over this one will likely be fierce.
  • If, that is, we're still running Ulduar at that point -- don't forget that there's a whole new tier of weapons and gear coming in the next patch as well, and I'd be very surprised if there weren't some cheap/easy-to-get Rogue-style axes in there as well. But if you want to be ready and everyone else in your 10-man Ulduar raid who has one wants one, you Rogues can grab this one now and equip it on day one of the new patch.
How to Get It: Yes, it drops from Yoggy in 10-man Ulduar. So get your raid up to the chamber of the big bad, drop him, win the roll against all of the other Shamans, and Warriors, and DKs, and any other axe classes (since I usually miss at least one -- Hunters, go elsewhere), and the axe is yours. Yogg Saron isn't really a pushover -- nothing ever called "The Old God of Death" usually is -- but if you can make it past his guardians and tentacles and keep your sanity all the while, you'll see this drop at a pretty high rate. if all of the online databases are to be believed, you'll see it about one-fourth of the time.

Getting Rid of It: Sells back to vendors for 20g 74s 57c, and disenchants into an Abyss Crystal. But you've at least got to keep it until patch 3.2, right?

Filed under: Rogue, Items, Analysis / Opinion, Fan stuff, Odds and ends, Raiding, Phat Loot Phriday, Death Knight

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