Jin'rokh the Breaker
A fair amount of gear drops from our old friend Jin'rokh. Man, I feel bad about killing this guy, we go way back. But he drops loot now, so it's time to die.
The Bracers of Constant Implosion
are random enchant bracers. According to Wowhead, they're the only bracers with a socket this tier, and a lot of players are reporting that they're only seeing one stat on them. My take on it is, reforging exists for a reason, so if you see them drop with useful DPS or tanking stats on them, that socket makes them pretty attractive. However, if the rumor that you can spend a coin and get ones that have tanking stats as a DPS is true, that would make me sad. The Chestplate of Violent Detonation
, on the other hand, is basically itemized for either tanking or DPS with hit and mastery on it. A red and a blue socket means it can be gemmed for either role fairly easily as well. Similarly, the Worldbreaker Stormscythe
is a SMF fury/tanking axe with solid itemization for either role.
, on the other hand, is purely a tanking ring with dodge and expertise, making it mixed between avoidance and active mitigation. Similarly the Cloudbreaker's Greatbelt
is a DPS only belt, and one with interesting gem sockets (one red, one yellow, and a sizeable crit bonus for gemming it properly). Right now, haste is a decent stat for arms, and the overall combination of stats makes it reasonable for SMF and TG as well.
The Reconstructed Bloody Shoulderplates
are a pair of seriously ugly tanking shoulders. They have parry and expertise and a blue socket, making them fairly well customizable for either a pure avoidance or active mitigation setup. The Bloodlord's Bloodsoaked Legplates
on the other hand are purely for DPS, and are itemized with haste and mastery and a red and blue socket. I'll admit I'm kind of sad at all this haste/mastery gear. Where's the crit?
The Horn-Rimmed Doomcloak
, meanwhile, is another hit/mastery item usable by either tanks or DPS. Sometimes I wonder if Blizzard is just getting rid of tanking gear via subtle, less than obvious ways like making a ton of hit/mastery or expertise/mastery items. If everything is functionally
usable by both tanks and DPS, is anything actually
tanking gear anymore? Just something I think about. Especially when tanking items like the Puncture-Proof Greathelm
, with dodge and parry, are less attractive to most tanks due to active mitigation's existence. I personally still like
pure avoidance items, but I'm not ignorant of what the current math says, and its that a pure avoidance item isn't as good as one with some active mitigation stats on it.
The Spark of Zandalar
is an interesting trinket for us. Even with haste having been buffed by 50% for warriors in patch 5.2
, it's still not as good as crit. But here's the thing. The proc on this trinket is very, very good, and as such, you probably want to consider this trinket to replace any stray Darkmist Vortex
or Lei Shen's Final Orders
you might have equipped. Are you eventually going to want to replace this with the crit trinkets in the raid? Perhaps. If they drop. And you're not an arms warrior (at certain gear levels haste gets even better for arms). Ultimately, however, this trinket is pretty damn strong for warriors, and you shouldn't ignore it just because of that big whack of haste on it.
Finally we have the Frozen Warlord's Bracers
, which are haste and expertise with no socket. What is this I don't even. I feel like these bracers are mocking me.
Council of Elders
Next up, the Council of Elders. They drop a variety of items, including Fortitude of the Zandalari
, a straightforward tanking trinket. A solid chunk of mastery and a big health boost mini cooldown. Could be well combined with Last Stand and a big Shield Block/Shield Barrier if you could bank rage for a big damage spike. If you want a chestplate that mixes avoidance with active mitigation, the Overloaded Bladebreaker Cuirass
has that for you. I find the sockets interesting on that one.
Finally, a DPS item with some crit on it, the Talisman of Angry Spirits
. And speaking of DPS items with crit on them, as an arms warrior I absolutely covet Zerat, Malakk's Soulburning Greatsword
. With crit and hit it's not bad for TG fury, either. Council also drops the Protector token
, so keep that in mind.
So, what about Tortos? He's got a fairly decent array of drops for warriors. First off, he's got the Amulet of the Primal Turtle
, a hit/crit DPS neck with a blue socket that has a crit bonus. If you're looking for the most crit in your neck slot, this is probably it right there. It comes down to what you can get, ultimately, but I would put this neck above the Talisman of Angry Spirits. It is
lower on strength, though. The Shellsplitter Greataxe
is pretty ideal for a SMF warrior, and still serviceable for a prot warrior looking for a tank item. The Shoulderguards of Centripedal Destruction
are ALSO ugly, but are decently itemized with a solid dose of crit on them, so I'll allow it. Besides, that's what transmog is for. I'm relieved to start seeing some crit plate up in here.
For tanks, we have the Backbreaker Greatcloak
, with Dodge and Mastery (so a block cape for us) and the Shell-Coated Wristplates
with Dodge and Parry. Not ideal, but a sizeable chunk of yoru dodge and parry needs, especially if you're using a pure hit/expertise piece somewhere else and need to balance your stats.
Megs has four drops of interst. As befitting a boss named after one of the three Furies, she drops the Spinescale Seal
, a well itemized ring for a fury warrior (and pretty solid for arms as well). While a crit/hit ring is certainly welcome, it's also the last drop on her for DPS warriors, as the next three are all tank oriented.
The Hydraskull Choker
is a Dodge/Parry tanking neck, while the Plated Tootbreaker Girdle
is similarly itemized (but also has two sockets, a red and a yellow one). I find it interesting that this more traditional tanking itemization is being seen on the later bosses. Finally, the Rot-Proof Greatplate
is a tanking chest with dodge, mastery and a yellow and blue socket, making it a decent middle of the road tanking BP in terms of its itemization.
Our final boss for this column and the half-way point of the raid, Ji-Kun is a bird. As a result, several of the drops here have a feather or talon theme, and two of them (the trinkets) I find pretty interesting. Ji-Kun's Rising Winds
is a fascinating drop. I'm not sure if it's good
- I think this is a case where the internal cooldown makes an item that could
be good into one that's sort of not good - but making an attenuated form of Second Wind into a trinket is interesting. But if you really want this trinket's effect, you're much better off speccing into Second Wind, frankly, which has no 30 second cooldown between heals and which works the entire time you're below 35%, not just against one attack that puts
you below it. Still, it's got a solid chunk of expertise on it. It could also serve a DPS who wanted a little extra survivability, I suppose, but it's definitely a tank drop first and foremost.
Similarly, the Fabled Feathers of Ji-Kun
is a trinket that interests me. Hit's a compelling stat for DPS warriors until they hit 7.5% of it (whether they be fury or arms) so I find myself wondering if this is worth it just for allowing DPS to take non-hit pieces elsewhere. Still, that ramping strength proc is pretty sweet. However, I also find myself wondering if this trinket would be worth it for active mitigation tanks, who love hit, and
if the proc's ramping effect would produce decent enough parry. I'd almost rather wear this trinket than the Rising Winds, as a tanking warrior.
The Talonrender Chestplate
is a crit/hit chest with a yellow and blue socket, decently itemized. The Egg-Shard Grips
are tanking gloves with Parry and Expertise. Finally, Ji-Kun also drops the Protector token legs
We're halfway through the raid. Next week, either we'll continue, or we'll discuss SMF fury and its potential and actual DPS in Throne.
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