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8-25-2010 @ 12:05AM
Basic ENH Shaman gearing ideas:Offhand will be your hardest slot to fill. Run H-CoT:Strat for the offhand off the boss. Your first Frost badge purchase should be the Hurkmel War Trinket (60 badges), it's pretty much Best in Slot. Second is the Waist (Belt of the Night Raven). You can get a very strong ENH set just from Triumph badges. here's the list:Totem of the Electrifying Winds - 25 (it's much better)Epaletes of the Devourer - 45Dexterous Brightstone Ring - 50Shard of the Crystal Heart- 50Some relatively inexpensive BoEs include the Crusader's Dragonscale Bracers (6 Crusader orbs - going under 100g each on my server) and Rock-Steady treads (5 Prim. Saronites - going under 3k for the Saronites on my server). Titansteel Bonecrusher is a fine temporary main hand.Look at your professions. JCs will have an edge on some good Pre-raid trinkets, BSes will be able to make a cheap Titansteel Bonecrushers for BSes. Alchemists can make a fine temporary trinket too.From there, fill out with 232 T9 gear. The first should be the gloves (a big chunk of Expertise). The rest just fill out as you want. Gem up to the Spell Hit cap (341 for Draenei, 364 for Horde), expertise (141 expertise rating (99 for Orcs)). After that, AP and Haste as appropriate.
8-25-2010 @ 12:15AM
THIS is what this article should have been!!Thank you, Saint!Remember folks, every time we use the word "casual", we are inferring that everything below that point is not worth taking seriously, and everything above it is "for realz". In the same vein, when we say "gearing up" we infer that "the real game begins" after that point. Parking your "casua gearingl" benchmark in 25 man raids (as this articledoes) is kinda silly.Again, thank you, Saintstryfe, your response was likely what should have awaited people clicking on this article.
8-25-2010 @ 1:50AM
The good thing about the offhand from H CoS is that you can get a matching (if sadly somewhat obsolete now) main hand for emblems. And then you can *hit people with bears on your hands*. You can *HIT THEM WITH BEARS*. My shaman is level 42 and I cannot wait to be able to hit people with bears.And thank you Stryfe for an actually *useful* guide to gearing a casual or alt enhancement shaman!
8-25-2010 @ 2:20AM
Yeah, i have to agree - this might be good for gearing your ENH off-spec. I don't think the article is without merit, it just was targeted wrong. If you got a fresh alt, or your first character but are not a dedicated raider, you need a different set of information.I think the best single use of your time is to find a good guild. If you want to gear them the best way, find a group of people you LIKE playing with, and who want to help you get your character(s) kitted out. Remember, the end result of this game should be your enjoyment. If you don't enjoy your time playing, you're doing something wrong. Except jousting. No one likes jousting. If you can find that, the original post is a good list of what to look for when they carry you through. One thing I did on my new baby Paladin was ask if I can run in for the pre-Morrowgar trash on any ICC run. Until you down the boss you're not saved, and you can go into each of your guilds runs and get rep. In two or three runs you can chalk the rep needed to get the 257 Argent ring, which is a HUGE upgrade over pretty much anything (the best ENH ring that you can buy with badges is 245). The best part is it's free, and you get small chances to get BoEs you can sell or trade. If you have an understanding guild there's practically no reason NOT to ask. My guild has two 25 groups and 3 10 man groups, so I got my level 3 ICC ring just doing that (then I had a fantastic week in ICC25 recently...).The number 1 thing I would let either alts or casual know is you can have a 4500GS without ever stepping foot in a raid now-a-days, enough to go into ToC25 and do great DPS, or go into ICC10 or 25 and hang in there while you get drops. It just depends how much you wish to spend in gold and time farming heroic dungeons.If you're gearing an alt, and you have some significant financial resources (or your first character and have some REALLY generous friends...), then your options open up even more. There are ICC crafted pants, ToC crafted chest, the BoE chest from ICC, there's a great back armor option that you can get from ToC, all of this is BoE or craftable. There's also a 226 belt, 219 wrists, lots of good place holders.Your badge purchases should go in the order I put above. Basically, go from what you can't get dropped (Totem, Ring) to what's more easily replaced. Oh and of course - run VoA. And roll on the PVP gear. Even if it's not perfect, a 245 cape is likely to be a big upgrade over a blue. As long as someone's not using it to actually PVP. Best loot rules in the world: DBAD (Don't be a D!¢).When you're very early on, I'd suggest starting on the Argent Tournie. Aside from rep and titles, it can have some iLevel 200 blues which can fill holes, and some iLevel 200 Main Hands. The one thing I'd say not to do anymore is to go into Naxx or Ulduar and try to get that stuff unless you're really fresh out of the gate and someone invites you. Don't waste time forming a raid. It's just not worth it save a few odd pieces - the badge stuff is so much better, your time is better spent getting better pieces from the badges and grinding the gold to buy others. One exception I can think of off the top of my head is if you have people who can do the 4 Orbitals on Flame Leviathan in Uludar 25: one one of the drops is probably the best pre-ICC fist in the game (Especially nice for Orcs). Good luck!
8-25-2010 @ 12:42PM
@Saint:I don't understand why you explicitly state the offhand slot will be the hardest to fill. As enhancement you want slow weapons in both hands, so there is no actual need for a distinction between (the availability of) main hands and offhands.As to your recommendation of Greed, a Titansteel Bonecrusher offers superior stats and is a lot easier to obtain. Far better places to farm for weapons, MH and OH, are Trial of the Champion and the ICC 5-mans, with the added benefit that all other gear from those instances is of higher quality as well. Running the older heroics for specific gear, even if you don't plan to get into raiding, is a bit of a waste with the new 5-mans available.On a sidenote, the trinkets for jewelcrafting are not "good pre-raid trinkets". For an enhancer, apart from the Figurine - Emerald Boar, they're all terrible, and the Emerald Boar is not fantastic either. Good pre-raid trinkets would be the Meteorite Whetstone (UP HC) and the Sphere of Red Dragon's Blood (Nexus HC). The arp trinkets from ToC5 normal and FoS HC aren't much better if at all for enhancement and should be passed to classes that do make optimal use of arp anyway.
8-27-2010 @ 3:34PM
Here are some suggestions for somewhat easy to get weapons:Offhand: Nighttime, which drops in Heroic FoS.Main Hand: Seven-Fingered Claws, which is a random drop in Heroic PoS. I'm wearing both if you want to check out my armory: Scathulven - US Madoran
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