Update: This list has been updated to account for my revaluation of haste rating.
Update2: Made some changes to my BiS selections because Vaenor on Moonrunner pointed out a better way to pickup the Spell Hit I needed.
Update3: 10/15/09 The list has been updated for the Onyxia Loot.
Edit: This is the Alliance version of the list. If you would like the Horde version please click here.
My Gear lists are some of the most popular posts on my blog. I get very frequent requests to up date it, but real life concerns and the availablity of information often prevent me from getting it out quickly.
These posts aren't completely done because I haven't had a chance to make comments or come up with a BiS list, but I want to get it out there for you guys to start sifting through it.
Part 2 can be found here.
This updated list would not be posted as early as it is if it weren't for the help of Cowtarus on Stormscale-US. He did all of the data entry for the ToC instances saving me a lot of time and sanity. So if you appreciate the existance of this list please send him a fruit basket or something.
I should also thank Chris C. He came to me several months ago and offered to look up all of the locations for the gear on the gear list. He did quite a lot of work and sent me locations for about half the list. He said he was working on the other half but I didn't hear from him again. Since Cowtarus included locations in his list, I desided to include Chris C's as well eventhough it is incomplete. Edit: Chris C. actually sent me the rest of the locations recently, so they should all be there now.
As you can tell, this list is starting to get excedingly long. My goal is to give you useful information but not to crit you with a wall of text. With that goal in mind I've made some changes and executive decisions.
- Purges: I dropped some items from the list. The basic goal was to drop items that were clearly healing focused and not very useful to a moonkin of that level. So I came up with some rule to try and eliminate some records. For example, if it had Mp5 I don't include it on the list because it sucks for moonkin. If Spell Power was the only DPS stat on the item I dropped it. That sort of thing.
- Set Bonuses: There used to be two columns on the end that tried to include the value of set bonuses. Well, I needed the space, and desided that the two extra stats didn't add much value. If you're really researching your gear you know which set bonuses are better then others.
A few comments:
- These rankings are purely based upon DPS. Yes, Stam and Mp5 have value, but there is no way to directly translate them into DPS. By the same token Intelligence and Spirit have both mana and DPS benefits, but only the DPS is considered.
- The use of this list require's some thought. It is a general ranking intended to to give you an ideal on how items realate to each other. It is up to you to manage your Hit and Haste caps. Do not take every number one item on the list. Also realize that these values are an estimate. Two items with a similar value, can be assumed to be equal.
- To rank these items I used the following weights Hit Rating - 1.8213, Spell Power - 1, Haste Rating - 0.8159, Crit Rating - 0.7824. These weights assume a high level of Ulduar Gear. It also assumes your are at or above the Haste Cap. If your below the haste cap, haste will be more valueable to you.
- I assume that all socket bonus will be met using Eqic quality gems. This is how I socket each gem: Meta = [Chaotic Skyflare Diamond], Red = [Runed Cardinal Ruby], Yellow = [Potent Ametrine], Blue = [Purified Dreadstone]. Yes, ignoring socket bonus will improve some of the items. However, the shifts would be small and it's easier manage this way.
Black - DPS stat ranking
Red - DPS stat ranking minus Hit rating
You could make a very good arguement for Leggins of the Deepening Void or the Tier piece. They are both very good items, but the Leggings of the Awakening provide you with more flexiblity.
This is an easy choice since Tier pieces hold 3 of the 4 top spots in my ranking. It's a great source of hit. Plus, since the T8 helm has hit on it this is an easy way to transition to Tier 9 with out messing up your caps to much.
Once again it is a Tier slot and that makes the choice easy.
This is another good spot to transition to T9 from T8. There is a big stat improvement from t8 to T9 and it won't mess up your cap balancing. Plus, if you exclude Hit Rating from the valuation then the Tier 9 chest is the most highly rated.
I think this is the best place to break tier set. Your basically trading Spirit for Crit Rating which is a very good trade.
|*Bindings of Dark Essence||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||265.3||187|
|Felspark Bindings||Jaraxxus 10 - H||232.5||172.4|
|Bindings of Dark Essence||Twin Valkyrs 25||227.3||158.1|
|Felspark Bindings||Jaraxxus 10||205.2||139.7|
|Bracers of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25 - H||200.9||200.9|
|Bejeweled Wizard's Bracers||Pattern from 25man||197.8||197.8|
|Armbands of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25 - H||197.1||197.1|
|Bracers of Unleashed Magic||Kologarn25||192.7||127.1|
|Moonshadow Armguards||Pattern from 25man||178.2||178.2|
|Grips of Chaos||Ulduar25||175.1||109.5|
|Royal Moonshroud Bracers||Pattern from 25man||173.8||173.8|
|Armbands of the Ashen Saint||Anubarak 25||170.3||170.3|
|Bracers of the Autumn Willow||Jaraxxus 25||170.3||170.3|
|Grasps of Reason||Flame Leviathan25 H||168.6||168.6|
|Bindings of the Expansive Mind||Razuvious25||165.2||114.2|
|Combustion Bracers||Flame Leviathan10||159.8||101.6|
|Bindings of the Wicked||Champion's Cache||159.1||99|
|Wraps of the Astral Traveler||Emblem of Valor||147.2||96.2|
|Shackles of the Odalisque||Razorscale25||140.5||140.5|
|Bracers of the Broodmother||Razorscale25||137.7||137.7|
|Bands of Impurity||Noth25||135.3||135.3|
|Bindings of the Depths||Vezax10||135||135|
|Runetouch Handwraps||Iron Council10||131.9||131.9|
|Azure Cloth Bindings||Cyanigosa5 H||112.9||112.9|
|Cuffs of Winged Levitation||Eregos5 H||112.2||112.2|
|Plauge-Infected Bracers||Mal'Ganis5 H||112.1||112.1|
I go with the Bindings of the Dark Essence here to meet the hit cap. They area great source of hit rating in a reasonable amount. That said, you may also want to take a look at the Bejewled Wiszard's Bracers. They are an awesome set of crafted bracers that are almost perfectly itemized. On top of that your guild should have no problem with you using them since they are crafted cloth rather then dropped cloth.
|*Cord of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25 - H||357.3||251.7|
|Icehowl Cinch||Northrend Beasts 10 - H||339.9||228.8|
|Cord of Biting Cold||Faction Champs 25||317.9||225|
|Icehowl Cinch||Northrend Beasts 10||297.6||193.8|
|Cord of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25 - H||273.5||273.5|
|Sash of Ancient Power||Crafted H||270.8||192.5|
|Cord of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||269||269|
|Belt of the Darkspeaker||Vezax25||254.6||152.6|
|Cord of Pale Thorns||Twin Valkyrs 25||236||236|
|Cincture of Polarity||Thaddius25||232.9||154.6|
|Belt of the Winter Solstice||Jaraxxus 10 - H||232.3||232.3|
|Cord of the Tenebrous Mist||Northrend Beasts 25||231.5||231.5|
|Cinch of the Undying||Anubarak 10 - H||230.3||230.3|
|Belt of the Churning Blaze||Eadric's Cache||218.1||127.1|
|Plush Sash of Guzbah||Emblem of Heroism||210.8||143.4|
|Cord of the White Dawn||Crafted H||209.9||209.9|
|Belt of the Winter Solstice||Jaraxxus 10||205.9||205.9|
|Cinch of the Undying||Anubarak 10||205.5||205.5|
|Belt of Arctic Life||Crafted H||205.2||205.2|
|Girdle of Bane||Ymiron5 H||198.1||110.6|
|Leash of Heedless Magic||Malygos25||194.3||194.3|
|Belt of the Crystal Tree||Iron Council10 H||190.1||190.1|
|Belt of the Living Thicket||Emblem of Conquest||189.1||189.1|
|Embrace of the Leviathan||Flame Leviathan25||186.3||186.3|
|Belt of the Sleeper||Ulduar25||185.7||185.7|
|Belt of the Dragon Matriarck||Razorscale10||173.9||173.9|
|Conductive Cord||XT-002 Deconstructor10||167.3||167.3|
|Belt of False Dignity||Faerlina25||163.5||163.5|
|Belt of Potent Chanting||Noth25||163.5||163.5|
|Vine Belt of the Woodland Dryad||Emblem of Heroism||154.1||154.1|
|The Confessor's Binding||Confessor's Cache||153.6||153.6|
|Sash of Blood Removal||Gal'darah5 H||151.7||151.7|
|Binding of the Tranquil Glade||Champion's Cache||151.5||151.5|
|Sash of the Servant||Anub'arak5 H||147.4||147.4|
|Sash of Mortal Desire||Faerlina10||147.2||147.2|
|Girdle of Lenience||Razuvious10||144.2||144.2|
|Belt of Dark Mending||Ebon Blade rep H||142.3||142.3|
|Ghostflicker Waistband||Kirin-Tor Rep H||134.3||134.3|
Cord of Pale Thorns is an awesome leather belt. As such this is one of the rare times where I will tell you not to roll on cloth. The Cord of the Tenebrous Mist has almost identical stats, but it is cloth. Since both are relatively easy to get and very similar, it would be better for you to pass the cloth belt to the clothies and foster some goodwill for the future.
|Footpads of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25 - H||365.8||256.6|
|Footpads of the Icy Floe||Anubarak 25||323||215.5|
|Sandals of the Silver Magus||Faction Champs 10 - H||322.1||236.5|
|Boots of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25 - H||285.6||285.6|
|*Boots of the Unrelenting Storm||Northrend Beasts 25 - H||275.5||275.5|
|Sandals of the Silver Magus||Faction Champs 10||274.1||201.3|
|Sandals of Rash Temperament||XT-002 Deconstructor25||271.2||167.4|
|Boots of the Crackling Flame||Black Knight - H||247.7||176.7|
|Boots of Fiery Resolution||Flame Leviathan25 H||245.6||245.6|
|Treads of the False Oracle||Yogg-Saron25 H||244.7||244.7|
|Boots of the Unrelenting Storm||Northrend Beasts 25||237.6||237.6|
|Boots of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10 - H||235.4||235.4|
|Boots of the Mourning Widow||Faction Champs 25||231.5||231.5|
|Barkhide Treads||Eadric's Cache - H||228.2||166.3|
|Boots of Impetuous Ideals||Loatheb25||223.6||156.2|
|Spellslinger's Slippers||Crafted H||212||212|
|Xintor's Expeditionary Boots||Emblem of Valor||208.1||129.8|
|Boots of Wintery Endurance||Crafted H||206.6||206.6|
|Savior's Slippers||Crafted H||201.4||201.4|
|Boots of the Grieving Soul||Twin Valkyrs 10||200.4||200.4|
|Boots of the Servant||Freya25||200||200|
|Footsteps of Malygos||Malygos10||189.1||189.1|
|Boots of Hasty Revival||XT-002 Deconstructor25||188||188|
|Sandals of the Ancient Keeper||Auriaya25||184.4||184.4|
|Treads of the Dragon Council||Yogg-Saron10||176.6||176.6|
|Boots of the Excaped Captive||Naxx25||173.1||173.1|
|Boots of Persuasion||Patchwerk25||167.3||167.3|
|Boots of Septic Wounds||Patchwerk25||164.4||164.4|
|Sandals of Crimson Fury||Wyrmrest Accord rep H||156.1||156.1|
|Sullen Cloth Boots||Patchwerk10||146.8||146.8|
Again I pick a leather boot over a cloth boot and this time the cloth boot is actually a little better mathimatically. I do so for a couple of reasons. First the values of the two boots are so close that it is hard to say which one is actually better. They are roughly equal. Second, the leather boots are a little easier to obtain since they drop off an easier boss. Finally, this is another good opportunity to foster a little good will with the clothies at little expense to yourself.
Ok, that is all of the primary armor evaluated. My next post will be out early next week and list all of the Jewelry and weapons.
Once again, as you can see there are a lot of links and values in this post. It is quite possible that I messed some of them up. If you find an incorrect link or a valuation just doesn't look right, please let me know so that I can correct it.