End Time isn't much better
End Time doesn't fare significantly better than Hour of Twilight for enhancement gear. Cloak of the Banshee Queen drops off Echo of Sylvanas and echoes the rest of 4.3's agility gearing schema in being itemized perfectly for hunters. Thankfully, achieving friendly rep with Avengers of Hyjal gives you the Sleek Flamewrath Cloak. It's not perfect, but the hit rating on it makes it better than anything with crit/haste. That's not all, though. Rhyolith still drops his beautiful Dreadfire Drape, which will tide you over well into the Raid Finder.
The other really mediocre drop in End Time is Arrow of Time
. I was originally going to classify this as awful, but easy access to a trinket with 383 agility on it isn't bad. The haste proc still stinks, but I wouldn't shame a shaman trying to gear up for using it. Fluid Death
is also still a great trinket to fill your other slot when you're actually in the instance, but its low ilevel will not help you queue for Raid Finder. Ancient Petrified Seed
has a long reputation grind before you get it, and Matrix Restabilizer
drops off the only boss that PUGs still have difficulty defeating, so Arrow of Time
is probably your best choice. You can pair it with The Hungerer
of Majordomo Staghelm to make me die a little inside, but also to queue for RF.
Thankfully, End Time does have its upsides. Dead End Boots
have a chance to drop off any of the Echoes you get, which gives you two chances to get them per instance. Hit/mastery is an awesome combination, and these boots are actually better than the only option out of Firelands, Decimation Treads
. Time-Twister's Gauntlets
are also a quest reward from End Time. These aren't half bad, but given that Erupting Volcanic Grips
are only 1,650 justice points now and significantly better, you probably won't be using them very long.
Well of Eternity? Surprisingly well itemized!
Well of Eternity kind of makes up for the mediocrity of the rest of 4.3's new 5-mans. Trickster's Edge
gives you slightly more crit and a little less expertise than the Gatecrasher
off Baleroc but doesn't require a 10-man raid to get. It also drops off the first boss, which means you only need to commit to the instance for about 10 minutes if you just want it. Of course, I'd never actually advocate ditching a group after the item you wanted didn't drop, but I won't pretend it isn't a reality in MMO gaming.
Queen Azshara also drops a beautiful chestpiece in the Breastplate of the Queen's Guard
, which is better than Flaming Core Chestguard
out of Firelands. However, this is slightly diminished by the existence of the Erupting Volcanic Cuirass
for 2,200 justice points. You'll likely have two pieces of your tier gear before you can even queue for 4.3 heroics. This is the beautiful part of 4.3 heroics for enhancement -- for all the terribly itemized pieces, it's a chore to get something better to replace them. For the well-itemized pieces, you'll replace them within a week of hitting 85.
Well of Eternity has a few other choice pieces. Mannoroth's Signet
drops off the pit lord himself and has a load of mastery on it. Legion Bindings
, which are better than the justice point alternative, are a BoE trash drop, so even if you don't see them drop you can buy them off the Auction House. As a downer, the atrocious Legguards of the Legion
exist, but they're easily replaced at the justice point vendor by Erupting Volcanic Legguards
, so I have no issue with them at all.
This Just In: Justice points are cool, too
As already mentioned, tier gear will most likely be your first few purchases with justice points. After those are down, you can pick up the Splintered Brimstone Seal
to fill in your other ring slot. Covenant of the Flame
is a really solid purchase, too. It also comes with the added benefit of not needing to farm Hyjal dailies for over a month, unlike Relic of Elune's Shadow
. Necklace of Smoke Signals
will probably be your last justice point purchase, as it's not incredible. If you can get your hands on a Choker of the Vanquished Lord
off Ragnaros, you should grab that instead. If you're broke or just don't want to shell out the money for Legion Bindings and you can't convince them to drop, Bracers of Forked Lightning
are a good bet.
If you're really serious on just getting into Raid Finder, the 4.3 heroics give you a chance at some easily acquired, ilevel-boosting loot. However, if you really want to shine when in Dragon Soul, you can't limit yourself to just running heroics. You need to push on to Firelands, as head, shoulders, belt, and trinkets are all slots for which there are no better options than Firelands loot.
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