Friday, May 29

Ulduar BIS and How to Get It

I know I said about a week ago that I was going to post my picks for BIS, but there had been a lot of talk about the Moonkin 4piece set bonus on T8 being fixed, so I waited a little bit. If Blizzard really was going to fix our set bonus to be viable, of course 2 slots of our gear would change because even though other pieces might be better as straight dps, the 4set bonus would be the way to go.

Long story short - it's fixed and the majority of the moonkin community agrees that it's now worth it to pick up 4 pieces of T8. With this change, my picks for BIS are pretty much the same as Graylo's. His list is here and here. But if you're lazy like me and don't feel like clicking, here's the list and where they drop from. (Unless otherwise noted, all drops are from heroic raids.)

Head - Conqueror's Nightsong Cover (Thorim or 58 Emblems of Conquest)
Neck - Pendant of the Shallow Grave (10man Thorim Hard Mode)
Shoulder - Conqueror's Nightsong Mantle (Yogg - Saron)
Back - Drape of Mortal Downfall (Iron Council Hard Mode)
Chest - Conqueror's Nightsong Vestments (Hodir or 58 Emblems of Conquest)
Wrist - Grasps of Reason (Deconstructor Hard Mode)
Hands - Conqueror's Nightsong Gloves (Mimiron)
Waist - Belt of Arctic Life (LW Crafted Rare Drop Pattern)
Legs - Leggings of the Enslaved Idol (Freya Hard Mode)
Feet - Boots of Fiery Resolution (Flame Leviathan Hard Mode)
Ring 1 - Conductive Seal (Mimiron Hard Mode)
Ring 2 - Signet of the Manifested Pain (Kel'Thuzad)
Trinket 1 - Flare of the Heavens (General Vezax Hard Mode)
Trinket 2 - Illustration of the Dragon Soul (Sartharion)
Weapon - Staff of Endless Winter (Hodir Hard Mode)
Idol - Idol of the Shooting Star (Instructor Razuvious/Valor Badge Vendor)

And there you have it. The only arguable piece I see so far is the waist. The Cord of White Dawn is the tailoring rare drop pattern and has crit instead of haste and slightly less spirit. I think this piece is more up to the player and what stat they want more on this slot.

Due to the nature of raiding as it is now, the best gear not only drops from heroic raids, but hard mode in those raids. I'm a bit of a realist (or a pessimist, however you want to say it), so I realize that a lot of the non-tier gear pieces on the BIS list will be out of reach for a lot of my fellow boomkins. This probably goes for me as well. Joint Chiefs is a very capable guild, and we're slowly moving through Ulduar. I have no doubt that we'll be able to accomplish some of the hard modes, but it's going to take us a while before we even start attempting them. As such, I've also put together what I like to call a "Realistic BIS" list that consists of no hard mode gear and things that you'll likely come across as you progress through heroic Ulduar. As you'll see, the tier gear is basically the same.

Head - Collar of the Wyrmhunter
~ Drops from Razorscale and, from what I've seen, drops a lot. It has less hit than the T8 piece, but a lot more haste.

Neck - Unblinking Eye
~ Drops from Iron Council. Because it has quite a bit of spirit and crit, be prepared to fight healers for it. Wyrmrest Necklace of Power is still not a bad alternative if your guild is still clearing Naxx or if you're currently wearing this.

Shoulder - Conqueror's Nightsong Mantle (Yogg - Saron)

Chest - Conqueror's Nightsong Vestments (Hodir or 58 Emblems of Conquest)
~ Small note on this one. Robes of the Umbral Brute is the better piece here, but you'll still want to take the chest for the set bonus. Alternately, you can get the robes and use the T8 helm. The dps difference between which piece you drop and which piece you pick up for the set bonus is very minimal. If you ask me, since both of these pieces are also sold by the badge vendor for the same amount, it comes down to whether you want the full t8 look and a mage-looking helm or the full t8 look and a warlock-looking robe. :D

Back - Pennant Cloak
~ Still BIS until you can't do Iron Council hard mode. If you don't have this already, Sarth 2D is not incredibly difficult if you're able to get Ulduar gear.

Wrist - Unsullied Cuffs
~ Same as above.

Hands - Conqueror's Nightsong Gloves (Mimiron)

Waist - Belt of Arctic Life (LW Crafted Rare Drop Pattern)

Legs - Conqueror's Nightsong Trousers (Freya)

Feet - Boots of Wintry Endurance (LW Crafted Rare Drop Pattern)
~ Because this is a rare pattern drop and requires 6 Runed Orbs and because Leviathan is probably going to be one of the hard modes that your guild will try first, this slot really depends on your guild and wether they want to give you the runed orbs for an upgrade that's not the best piece of gear for that slot.

Ring 1 - Pyrelight Circle (Ignis)

Ring 2 - Signet of the Manifested Pain (Kel'Thuzad)
~ These two rings have exactly the same dps stats except for the signet has a bit more intellect, which is why it remains BIS.

Trinket 1 - Living Flame (Razorscale)
~ Arguable, Dying Curse still belongs in this slot. It all depends on your preference with procs.

Trinket 2 - Illustration of the Dragon Soul (Sartharion)

Weapon - The Lifebinder
~ Drop from Freya. This is the only Staff other than Endless Winter that I'm willing to transition from the MH/OH combo. If you want to stay with MH/OH, Soulscribe (Yogg-Saron) and Ironmender (Kologarn) is a nice combo.

Idol - Idol of the Shooting Star (Instructor Razuvious/Valor Badge Vendor)

2 comments:

  1. wouldn't the cloth boots be better so u have + haste instead of crit?

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  2. I want to see your new BIS list :)

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