Monday, April 13, 2009

Raiding Hunter Loot in 3.1

It's a pain for me to go through MMO-Champions massive loot list, looking for upgrades, so I'm making this list to consider each slot for what was seen on the PTR. We still don't know what Yogg-Saron or Algalon drop, so who knows what shinies await from them! I'll upgrade this once the patch hits, content is cleared, new gear discovered, and mistakes are corrected.

All my thoughts are directed towards Marksman raiding, so my interest in agility, stam, and intellect are not necessarily the same as a Survival- or Beast Mastery-specced raider.

Helm
Circlet of True Sight - Iron Council 10
Helm of the Furnace Master - Ignis 25
Tier 8
Tier 8.5
Neg's Thoughts: Both the Furnace Master and Tier 8.5 are the potential upgrade from Blue Aspect Helm. The major difference between the two is haste verses armor pen. Tier 8.5 has more agility and a red socket, while Furnace Master has a bit more intellect and a yellow socket. Leaning towards Tier 8.5. The Circlet looses a lot of AP, but also has a lot of hit.

Neck
Pendulum of Infinity - Vezax 25 -Hard
Broach of the Waiting Night - 19 Emblems of Conquest
Nymph Heart Charm - Freya 25
Choker of the Abyss - Vezax 10
Seed of Budding Carnage - Freya 10 - Hard
Neg's Thoughts: The clear winner is Pendulum of Infinity, with its higher AP, crit and socket. Freya Hard's neck is appealing as well, with its plethora of hit and socket.

Shoulder
Shoulders of Misfortune - Trash Mobs 25
Mantle of Fiery Vengeance - Leviathan 10-Hard
Iron-studded Mantle - Iron Council 25
Ironaya's Discarded Mantle - Auriaya-10
Tier 8
Tier 8.5
Neg's Thoughts: Tier 8.5 is appealing with its hit, socket, and high agility, but it is haste heavy. Mantle of Fiery Vengeance has low AP, but high crit and intellect. Shoulders of Misfortune is a balance between the two.

Cloak
Drape of Icy Intent - Hodir 25-Hard
Drape of the Lithe - Iron Council 25
Drape of the Faceless General - Vezax 10
Winter's Frigid Embrace - Hodir 10
Shawl of the Shattered Giant - Kologarn 10
Neg's Thoughts: Evidently they are giving away hit on 25 and crit on 10... Faceless General > Frigid Embrace, Icy Intent > Lithe. Icy Intent is by far the BiS with the AP and socket, but if you don't need the hit, the Faceless General is nice too, with two sockets and the highest agility of the lot.

Chest
Chestguard of the Lasher - Freya 10
Chestguard of Insidious Intent - Yogg-Saron 25
Tier 8
Tier 8.5
Neg's Thoughts: Tier 8.5, duh. Really, you can't ask for better stats than that, except for maybe a yellow gem slot :)

Bracers
Frost-bound Chain Bracers - Hodir 25
Bracers of the Smothering Inferno - Razorscale 10
Neg's Thoughts: Frost beats fire.

Gloves
Gloves of Unerring Aim - 28 Emblems of Conquest
Gloves of the Fiery Behemoth - Leviathan 25
Gloves of the Steady Hand - XT-002 Hard
Gloves of Taut Grip - XT-002 10
Tier 8
Tier 8.5
Neg's Thoughts: It's between hit on Tier 8.5 and crit on Unerring Aim. Tier 8.5 also has the red socket, and with it more AP. The set bonus will decide in the end between the two, if the gloves are the weakest piece of the Tier 8.5, then spend those Emblems! Else, once Hard Mode becomes accessible to you, Steady Hand is definitely the shiniest with those two sockets and ton of crit!

Belt
Belt of Dragons - LW
Belt of the Ardent Marksman - 28 Emblems of Conquest
Belt of the Betrayed - Thorim 25
Belt of the Blood Pit - Thorim 10
Neg's Thoughts: Sadly, the only thing the Ardent Marksman has in its favor is the hit. At first glance, the large amount of AP on the Betrayed is tempting, but the two gems slots and crit on the Belt of the Dragons puts the LW-made belt over the top.

Pants
Darkcore Leggings - Vezax 25
Saronite Mesh Legguards - Razorscale 25
Leggings of the Tireless Sentry - 39 Emblems of Conquest
Leggings of the Insatiable - Yogg-Saron 10
Tier 8
Tier 8.5
Neg's Thoughts: Great Earth Mother, Darkcore Leggings have a ton of agility! But as tempting as that it is, they have over 100 less AP than Tier 8.5. The Saronite have nearly as much agility, but are lacking in everything else besides Armor Pen. Still, should Armor Pen prove worth our while, the ton of stamina on them also makes the Saronite decent for a stam set. Still, unless you are interested in stacking agility, Tireless Sentry > Darkcore, not only for total AP, but also for hit and crit. Tier 8.5 would have to be my choice, with the greatest AP of the lot, a ton of crit, abet it does have the least agility. It also has a +6 hit socket bonus for a bit of wiggle room.

Boots
Brass-lined Boots - XT-002 25
Boots of Living Scale - LW made
Greaves of Swift Vengeance - Iron Council 25 Hard
Boots of Unsettled Prey - Vezax 10
Tempered Mercury Greaves - Mimiron 10 Hard
Neg's Thoughts: Again, Brass-lined have a lot of agility, but the two sockets on the LW-made Living Scale give them nearly 50 more AP, in addition to their crit. Greaves of Swift Vengeance have a little more AP and a decent boost to agil over Living Scale, but they also have a lot of hit. This can be a mixed blessing, because a lot of good peices already have hit, and hit is preferred over ArPen, but it makes rebalancing other slots a pain.

Rings
Metallic Loop of the Sufferer - Vezax 25
Loop of the Agile - Iron Council 10-Hard
Band of Draconic Guile - Razorscale 10
Inscribed Band of the Kirin Tor - Lower Ring + 1000G
Cindershard Ring - Ignis 25
Band of Lights - Algalon 10 (Not on Wowhead yet - pic)
Neg's Thoughts: Haste on the lot. Draconic Guile is the only one with out crit, but only offers Armor Pen as the alternative. Unless you already have the Kirin Tor band (I do not), don't bother upgrading unless you have bad luck on drops. Metallic Loop and Loop of the Agile have more AP and crit. Cindershard has a rather icky combination of Armor Pen and hit, and while it has more hit and agility than Surge Needle Ring, it does not beat it for pure AP, making it an upgrade for only Strong-Handed Ring.

Trinkets
Pyrite Infuser - Leviathan 10
Wrathstone - Kologarn 25
Blood of the Old God - Yogg-Saron 25
Mjolnir Runestone - Thorim 10 Hard
Dark Matter - Algalon 10 (Not on Wowhead yet - pic)
Neg's Thoughts: Pyrite is a very nice upgrade from Grim Toll, replacing that lackluster proc with one much more appealing. If you need hit for some reason, it is nice. BotOG is an awesome further upgrade, with nearly all the hit you will ever need. Wrathstone is also a mediocre upgrade from Mirror of Truth. Wrathstone also marks the return of the "use every two-minutes" trinkets that seem to be lost in the latter half of 3.0, but its CD doesn't make up for MoT's proc. No upgrades for DMC: Greatness or Fury of the Five Flights, but if you lack one (like me), there are nice alternatives here.

Range Weapon
Avalance - Hodir 10
Deliverance - Yogg 10
Rifle of the Platinum Guard - Ignis 10
Magnetized Projectile Emitter - XT-001 10 Hard
Siren's Cry - Auriaya 25
Giant's Bane - Kologarn 25
Skyforge Crossbow - Thorim 25 Hard (Algalon 25)
Neg's Thoughts: They are very similar, with the gun having .1 more DPS and 2.9 speed and the bow with crit and 2.8 speed. I'm leaning towards the bow, but I have a feeling that there will be several debates and tests before it is decided. Obvious the xbow wins out in the end - finally breaks the 200 DPS benchmark!

Stat Stick
Rune Edge - Iron Council 25
Lotrafen, Spear of the Damned - Vezax 25
Hoperender - Thorim 10
Twisted Visage - XT-002 25
Spire of Withering Dreams - Kologarn 10
Tortured Earth - Vezax 10 Hard
Darkedge of Depravity - Algalon 25 (Not on Wowhead yet - pic)
Neg's Thoughts: While Hoperender does have an interesting socket, it still can't compare to Twisted Visage, which would be the direct upgrade to Black Ice. While the Spire has a lot of AP, it lacks the agility of the other three. The most direct upgrade to Journey's End appears to be Lotrafen, with its massive amount of crit. Rune Edge isn't bad either, missing just 10 Armor Pen from Lotrafen, and it would be nice to play with a sword again. It's kinda depressing that Algalon's stat stick has such icky stats, though the gems slots are nice :(.

Because of the simply amazing set bonuses on Tier 8, it is imperative to have four of the set. Eyeballing it, it looks like the weakest would be the shoulders, though our choices for the shoulder slot aren't exactly great all around. I'm leaning more towards not taking the gloves, the more I look at it.

Total hit on Tier 8.5: 143, or 149 if you go for the socket bonus on the pants. Add the hit from the bracers and cloak, then you have 222 hit, 6.77%. This is about 8 hit shy from 7%, freeing up two points from Focused Aim. If you'd rather not go with the socket bonus on the pants, then 14 hit can be made up by a gem.

Feel free to cite, discuss, note links, and call me out out on a stupid mistakes.

3 comments:

Kheldul said...

Nice roundup. Thanks!

Sam said...

The 4 piece actually isn't all that great for Survival, seeing as how SS has become a lousy filler shot. I wouldn't saying this if I haven't messed around with the 4pc bonus. It rarely procs, I'd compare it to Bandit's Insignia, which procced at a laughable rate.

Negathle said...

See the top line :)