With Brewfest now underway, I hope everyone's had a crack or two at seasonal boss Coren Direbrew -- I myself am going to try to get a group for him as soon I'm done writing here. If you have, there's probably two major things you've noticed: He's level 80 now, and he has some new loot.
Let's take a look at his loot, both old and new.
As last year, Coren's main loot is a set of trinkets that are clones of existing badge trinkets with new, Brewfest related names. If you're a new 80 who wants to save up their badges for tier gear, these are perfect for you. Even veterans who've been meaning to pick up some off spec gear should like them. As a warning, the procs from these and their badge counterparts will not stack with each other, although the equipped bonuses will, if you're short on good trinkets. Here's the rundown:
- For physical DPS, there's Coren's Chromium Coaster, which is a clone of the Mirror of Truth.
- Spell casters can grab the Mithril Pocketwatch, which is a clone of Sundial of the Exiled.
- Poor healers are stuck with an Ancient Pickled Egg of all things, which probably smells a sight worse than the Egg of Mortal Essence.
- Tanks get a Brawler's Souvenir, which is a clone of the Valor Medal of the First War. Interestingly enough, there's an exception here in that these two trinkets' cool downs can stack with each other. I'd expect that to get fixed though. Then again, I know I won't be stacking them any time soon, since my trinkets still provide a pretty large part of my defense skill.
There's a few old favorites from last year taking a return as well. You can, of course, still get Direbrew's Remote as well as the Swift Brewfest Ram and Great Brewfest Kodo. Both factions can still get both mounts, and I'm hearing purely anecdotal evidence that they're dropping at pretty good rate this year.
The Barmaids are back this year as well with new level 80 trinkets: The Bitter Balebrew Charm and the Bubbling Brightbrew Charm. The 170 stamina alone makes them pretty nice, but who can resist having their very own Voluptuous Brewmaiden at their beck and call? I know you'll see me in BRD every day until I get my hands on one. As it is the Bubbling Brightbrew Charm will probably beat out the Essence of Gossamer for newbie tanks.
One more item for your approval: The Direbrew Shanker 2.0. Despite the unoriginal name, you probably shouldn't underestimate this dagger. It packs a pretty big wallop for its ilevel. Of course, it also looks like a broken bottle, so you should totally feel free to steal it from Rogues for RP. Totally.
No matter what you want to get your hands on, though, you only have around 2 weeks, so you'd best get cracking. We'll see you at the Grim Guzzler!