- For the most part, heroic 5-mans are now no more than a means to Valor points, as I no longer need any of the loot. The only minor exception is a caster off-hand that I might want if I ended up winning and using the spell dagger from Deathwing (almost all off-hands are itemized with spirit for healers).
- Unless I move on to normal/heroic mode raiding, most of these items are things that I will not replace until the expansion. Moreover, it doesn't feel like there are many choices - the challenge with effectively replacing all of the gear on all the characters in the game as many as four times in a single patch (the new 5-man dungeons, followed by raid finder, regular, and heroic mode of the Deathwing raid) is that there just isn't room for variety.
- Blizzard intentionally did not include weapons on the regular bosses in the easy raid finder mode (which generally offers loot that's half a tier above five-mans). The final Deathwing encounter does offer weapons, which are a full tier above what you get in five-mans, but they seem oddly situational. The two choices for mages are a staff which spends a lot of its budget on a proc that increases haste for some of your group members and a dagger with an uncontrollable AOE proc - something which should give pause to all but the most trigger-happy of DPS. (If you want to use the dagger anyway, you need to go back to 5-mans for the aforementioned off-hand to carry with it.)
- A second trinket is one area where I'm kind of lacking, and at the mercy of the random number generator. There are three trinkets a mage can use in the raid finder, but one has another automatic AOE proc. These are also hard to get because DPS melee shamen and druids (along with caster shamen, druids, shadow priests, and mages/warlocks) are allowed to roll need on these caster DPS-focused items, resulting in a lot of rolls when one does drop.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
I took my third trip through the WoW Raid Finder this week, and I guess I must have been statistically due. I won a glove token - which I gave away to another player when I won the ilvl 390 gloves off of Deathwing's back (don't ask) - a pair of shoulder pads, and enough Valor points to pick up the belt off the Valor vendor. My PVE set now no longer has inappropriate items in it (e.g. PVP or spirit gear that was enough of an upgrade to be worth equipping despite suboptimal stats). A few observations: