Every week, WoW Insider brings you Lichborne for blood, frost, and unholy death knights. In the post-Cataclysm era, death knights are no longer the new kids on the block. Let's show the other classes how a hero class gets things done.
Terrace of Endless Spring is the last raid of tier 14, but features the same item levels as the Heart of Fear. If you didn't find an upgrade there, chances are you'll find it here.
As with previous weeks, we'll be examining the loot on a boss by boss basis, in order to give you a better idea about which bosses to spend your Elder Charms of Good Fortune on. In addition, our analysis will be based primarily on normal gear drops. If you are raiding LFR or heroic tiers, your gear choices may vary a bit based on item levels.
Protectors of the Endless
- Kaolan's Withering Necklace features dodge and parry rating, making it a solidly passable tanking necklace. In most cases, you'll want to reforge the dodge to parry.
- Deepwater Greatboots suffer from having some hit rating, but parry is a solid tanking stat, so reforge the hit rating to mastery and you should still have a passable pair of tanking boots.
- Bracers of Defiled Earth have hit and mastery. This makes them a great pair of DPS bracers for dual wield frost, but merely passable for the other specs. Tanks can also use them in a pinch by reforging the hit rating to parry rating.
- Shackle of Eversparks is a DPS necklace with hit and expertise rating, making it a solid necklace for any DPSer -- as long as you actually need hit and expertise. Of course, all DPS do need to hit those 7.5% marks, and this is a good piece to help that along.
- Daybreak Drape offers dodge and parry rating. That makes it arguably not as good as Cloak of Raining Blades, but it's still a solid option if said cloak hasn't dropped for you yet. Reforge dodge to mastery and you're good to go.
- Stuff of Nightmares is a trinket with a lot of passive mastery, which makes me very nice for death knight tanks. If there's one downside, it's that the dodge proc only works when your attacks hit. As we currently don't really need to equip hit and expertise, that means we miss from time to time. Still, this trinket is solid enough to be worth using if it drops.
- Grasps of Serpentine Might are tanking gloves have expertise as one of their stats, but the gem slot helps make up for that weakness. Still, the tier bonuses reign supreme, so you may end up replacing this with your tier gauntlets anyway.
- Protector's Girdle of Endless Spring has dodge and expertise, which makes it not exactly inspiring as a tank belt. Gem and reforge the expertise to mastery and you should be able to make do, but frankly, the Star-Stealer Waistguard, with it's innate mastery and 2 gem slots, may just be the better choice despite the slightly lower item level.
- Dread Shadow Ring has hit and critical strike rating, making it a decent middling choice for unholy and two-handed frost DPS, especially. Still, depending on your spec, you'll probably want to reforge to haste or mastery as proper.
- Patroller's Girdle of Endless Spring has hit and critical strike rating as well, so it's still a middling DPS belt. It also has one less gem slot than your Heart of Fear options. Overall, consider it a stopgap until you can get one of those. This, as well as the Protector's Girdle, will also drop off Lei Shi.
- Cuirass of the Animated Protector features 2 gem slots and some innate mastery, making it a pretty solid tanking piece. You may want to switch it out for your tier armor for the bonuses eventually, but if you get this first, it will serve you well until then.
- Shoulderguards of the Lost Catacomb have mastery and lots of it. Combine this with the fact that they're tier gear and they have a gem slot, and you should pick these up if you're a tank. Be sure to reforge the expertise to parry as needed.
- Even if they weren't tier gear, Pauldrons of the Lost Catacomb would probably be the optimal choice for DPS this raid tier. With a nice red slot and hit and haste and the secondary stats, just about any DPS death knight is going to get good use out of these. Grab them, use them, love them.
- Darkmist Vortex has a nice chunk of strength and a chance proc haste on hit. Given you should be capped on hit rating and expertise as DPS, that leaves very few downsides. DPS death knights will definitely want to grab this.
- Faceguard of the Lost Catacomb is the tier 14 tank helm. While parry and expertise isn't the optimal stat combination, it still has the full outlay of gem slots, and it's tier gear. You want those tier bonuses, so you'll probably want this helm. Just reforge the expertise.
- Shin'ka, Execution of Dominion is the Sha-Touched two-handed weapon. Thanks to the mastery, it's actually a pretty decent tank weapon, too. Even if you don't have a chance to get one of Wrathion's Gems, this is still going to be the best two-hander you can get.
- Kilrak, Jaws of Terror, is the Sha-Touched weapon for dual wielding frost death knights. Get two of these, as their stats outpace everything else even without the gem.
- Helmet of the Lost Catacomb is the tier 14 DPS helm. Hit and mastery make it amazing for dual wielders, though two-hand users will definitely want to reforge the mastery to haste. Again, it's tier gear, and you want the tier bonuses, so chances are, stats aside, this helm is going to win out for you.
Learn the ropes of endgame play with WoW Insider's DK 101 guide. Make yourself invaluable to your raid group with Mind Freeze and other interrupts, gear up with pre-heroic DPS gear or pre-heroic tank gear, and plot your path to tier 11/valor point DPS gear.