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7-12-2010 @ 5:57PM
The heroism heirloom staff is better than both of the the heirloom one hands, since it bakes in the item budget of an heirloom offhand. Heirloom weapons are always going to be better than a level-appropriate blue item, so the (1H heirloom)+(OH blue) is only going to be better when you can find a grossly over-budgeted OH, like from a lv 40 quest chain with a lv 30 starter quest. Obviously you won't be able to maintain that sort of gearing for your entire leveling period, so you're going to need to assume level-appropriate gear. Also, there will be periods (pre-SM, new to outlands/northrend, random periods of no dungeons) where you won't have access to blue OHs, but your heirloom will keep scaling with your level. Green OH items tend to be quite terrible (of the eagle, of spellpower) before outlands gear gives them the stats breakdown they need.Given the lousy stat allocation on the PvP heirlooms*, I'd say the order is (from best to worst):(PvE staff)(PvE 1H+blue OH)(PvP 1H+blue OH)(blue 1H+blue OH)(PvP Staff) (blue staff)(PvE 1H+green OH)(PvP 1H+green OH)(blue/green)(green/blue)(green staff)(green/green)* PvP heirlooms are really not meant for leveling, and they're good but not great for lowbie pvp either. For a leveling priest, the regen and mana longevity from the spirit and int are going to vastly outperform the mp5 on the pvp 1H, and result in less downtime overall than the crit/hit on the pvp chest/staff respectively. Hit, despite its rockstar status in pve dps, is sort of dubious while leveling, since the cap is going to be all over the place depending what level creature you're attacking--not to mention that shadow priests get 6% from Shadow Focus and Misery, and you should be shadow be shadow for at least levels 50-80, or else healing (and thus not using hit). The extra stam on PvP heirlooms is good for both pvp and leveling, but the lack of int on the pvp heirlooms is a pretty big deal in BGs, since OOMing is very easy to do in lowbie BGs. Resilience applies at the lv 30 rate for levels 1-30, does nothing but trivial crit suppression when leveling, and the vague "minimum resilience threshold" people feel in arenas is just as present in BGs--and there aren't really enough heirlooms to get a meaningful amount of resilience.In an idea world you'd never touch the PvP heirlooms, but as the article mentioned everyone is swimming in stone keeper's shards. It's definitely going to be better to use pvp heirlooms than just trust the random drop gods while leveling, so they're worth picking up if you don't have the badges for all the pve ones.
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