Over the last few weeks we have covered raiding in the tier 11 normal modes. It spanned not one, not two, nor three or four weeks, but a whopping five! This was delayed mostly due to all the various changes and questions we had over the course of the last patch.
This week I thought we would get a bit of a head start and start talking about patch 4.2 and the Firelands. More specifically, I thought we could start talking about the gear and items we can expect to see with the new content.
Before we get started, this is not intended to be a best-in-slot list, as that is something we'll get into later. Instead we're just going to look at the options that will be available through reputation and crafting.
I made it myself!
Crafting has always been a large part of gearing up for raiding and helping to bridge the gap for certain gear slots. Lets face it, Elementium Stormshield has lasted us quite a long time at this point. Well, in patch 4.2 we get a little love as well on the crafted items front in the form of new leather working patterns.
Footwraps of Quenched Fire hit all our stats, and come in at ilvl 378. They're pretty nice for a crafted set of boots and the fact that they are haste boots is very nice as well. The Gloves of Unforgiving Flame are a handy set of haste mail handwear for us. Both pieces offer good stats and both have red gem sockets. Both items do require Living Embers in order to be crafted, but I think they're well worth the cost in materials.
Shiny trinkets, you like? 50msk!
Trinkets have always been one of the item slots that have been hit or miss for restoration shaman. Core of Ripeness was an insanely overpowered trinket when we first started spending our valor points in Cataclysm; the Mandala of Stirring Patterns is still pretty solid. Other than those two, there haven't really been any superstar trinkets. There are, however, some very solid trinkets waiting for us in the Firelands:
Althor's Abacus and is just chock-full of amazing potential. The idea that all of our heals can trigger it means it has the potential for some very solid healing. I can just see how this will work with our Healing Rain. Needless to say, I think our trinket options are pretty nice this tier.
Valorous gear, if you get my point
The gear we buy with the valor points that we earn through our weekly dungeon crawls or through raiding makes up the bulk of our gear acquisition opportunities. Tier 12 content is no different, though this time around there are quite a number of item slots that are covered that have been traditionally difficult for us to upgrade.
- Bracers of Misting Ash 1,250 Valor
- Firemind Pendant 1,250 Valor
- Soothing Brimstone 1,250 Valor
- Singed Plume of Avianna 750 Valor
Now, not to be left out, 3 out of 5 of your tier pieces can also be purchased with valor points:
- Erupting Volcanic Handwraps – 1650 Valor Points
- Erupting Volcanic Tunic – 2200 Valor Points
- Erupting Volcanic Legwraps – 2200 Valor Points
- Erupting Volcanic Faceguard – Helm of the Fiery Protector
- Erupting Volcanic Mantle – Mantle of the Fiery Protector
It's all about the street cred!
With the new raid zone also comes new dailies and a new faction from which to gain rep with. The dailies themselves will unlock a plethora of goodies for you, and the reputation rewards give you some nice choice as well. The Avengers of Hyjal fight on the front-lines of the battle in the Firelands, and are waiting to reward you for your war efforts!
- Flowing Flamewrath Cape - Friendly
- Firemend Cinch - Honored
- Rune of Zeth - Revered
- Fiery Quintessence - Revered
- Quicksilver Signent of the Avenger - Exalted
- Fiery Treads
- Spirit Fragment Band
- Nightweaver's Amulet
- Globe of Moonlight
- Relic of Elune's Light
- Moonwell Chalice
Totem Talk: Restoration will show you the basics of endgame resto shaman play as well as how to find the expansion's best reputation gear for resto shaman and tips for easier leveling. Happy healing, and may your mana be plentiful!