The first order of business that I want to bring to everyone's attention is in regards to our latest tier set that has been released. Traditionally, Blizzard follows a very well-crafted pattern when designing the set bonuses for each of our new sets. If a set had a particularly strong four-piece bonus, then the next version would have a solid two-piece bonus and vice-versa. It's all a delicate balancing act that keeps upgrades as upgrades.
Unfortunately, we've run slightly amiss of this perfect level of balance this time around. While tier 13 isn't bad by any mark, the bonuses that you get out of tier 12 are extremely good -- so good, in fact, that there are times when it isn't worth upgrading. The standard rule of not breaking one set bonus until you have the next does apply, but in this case, there is one more nuance to add to the list. Tier 13 is only a solid upgrade if you match levels. This is to say, the Dungeon Finder level of tier is not a good replace for normal mode, and normal-mode gear doesn't quite replace heroic. If you manage to collect all four pieces, then it can be an upgrade, but don't break your old four-piece for the new two-piece unless the set types match.
New raiding loot list
Now that's done with, let's begin!
Ring of the Riven Dragon Soul, Hagara
Signet of Suturing Dragon Soul, Morchok, Zon'ozz, Yor'sahj
Infinite Loop Dragon Soul, Morchok, Zon'ozz, Yor'sahj
Seal of the Grand Architect 1,250 valor points
Band of Reconstruction 1,250 valor points
Signet of the Twilight Prophet Hour of Twilight, quest reward
Horned Band Well of Eternity, Peroth'arn
A mixed outlook for several drops
Rathrak, the Poisonous Mind Dragon Soul, Madness of Deathwing
Vagaries of Time Dragon Soul, Morchok, Zon'ozz (?)
Scalpel of Unrelenting Agony Dragon Soul, Yor'sahj
Fanged Tentacle Hour of Twilight, Benedictus
Scepter of Azshara Well of Eternity, Azshara
Ti'tahk, the Steps of Time Dragon Soul, Madness of Deathwing
Visage of the Destroyer Dragon Soul, Madness of Deathwing
Lightning Rod Dragon Soul, Hagara
Stalk of Corruption Hour of Twilight, Benedictus
Jaina's Staff End Time, Echo of Jaina
Weapons are going to be extremely interesting this time around. Deathwing, of course, drops the best weapons for this raid tier -- but which is the best is situational. In most cases, the staff is the best choice by far. Proccing that much haste -- let alone the fact that it also benefits a few of your other raid members -- is a massive benefit that simply can't be ignored. The dagger, however, really shines in AoE-based encounters, so much that it would blow the staff right out of the water. Which you go with depends on the situation. While this makes for an interesting choice in gearing, I'm on the fence about how effective it is.
Trinkets are much the same way. Seal of the Seven Signs isn't that great of a single-target trinket -- in fact, heroic trinkets from Firelands are better -- but it is an amazing AoE trinket. Again, it's the best that you can get for AoE, same as the dagger. It's odd that we'll have a single-target gear set and a AoE gear set this raid.
You'll notice the restoration chestpiece on the list. There's always going to be a off-set piece somewhere in our set, and this time around, it just happens to be there. You can go for the restoration shoulders instead, but it's a trade-up either way. The shoulders would trade crit for mastery; the chest trades mastery for haste.
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