Warlords of Draenor: 1 Month On

So, we’ve been in Draenor for a month now. Raids are finally open, people are making money left, right and centre, and everyone is full of opinions about everything. Here’s my take on the various highlights and disappointments so far. Naturally, your mileage may vary, but that’s what there’s a comment section for! What do YOU think?

The Good: Garrisons

Having played around with garrisons in the beta but not too extensively, I can solidly say I am really enjoying them! I’m enjoying micromanaging my followers, sending them out on missions, and using the buildings to advance my professions, or get cool items (and followers, if your inn is level 2+!).

And of course, panda banners/guards

And of course, panda banners/guards

Having a source of ore and herbs (which are increasingly important in various professions, possibly moreso than in previous expansions) is also proving extremely useful to me. No more will I be starved of ores and herbs because I can’t be arsed to level my gatherers!

I’m pleasantly surprised with garrisons so far, and I hope later patches can elaborate further on them.

The Bad: Professions

100 of a daily cooldown item to craft a 640 armor.

150 of a daily cooldown item to craft the item to upgrade it!

Okay sure, the cooldown doesn’t give you 1 a day (it gives you 4, plus more depending on your skill level), and there are other ways of getting said items (Primal Spirit trading, or profession building work orders), but it’s still really quite steep in my opinion.

Let’s also add in the fact that a lot of professions use unusual ingredients. Alchemy has gone from requiring herbs, to needing herbs and meat/FISH. Hope you have a high fishing skill, or a crapton of money! Blacksmithing uses ores and leathers/furs. Hope you’ve got a skinner!

The upside to the new profession system? You can craft Draenor items straight away, even with a skill level of 1! Your skill determines how many of your daily cooldown you make.

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The Good: Questing

I’ll be honest, I hated questing in Cataclysm. Apart from Deepholm, all the zones bored me, ESPECIALLY Uldum. Mists made huge improvements. You felt as if you made an impact as you journeyed through Pandaria. There were cutscenes occasionally, there were epic characters you met, and adventures to be had.

Warlords takes this questing experience and runs wild with it. There’s more emphasis on exploring things yourself and going at your own pace, rather than feeling like you’re being shouted at to “GO HERE. DO THIS. KILL 10 ZEBRA AND LOOT THEIR HOOVES.”

Poor zebra.

Anyway. Being able to see important (usually deceased) lore characters is generally awesome. Gul’dan, Cho’gall, Khadgar and Blackhand are some of my favourites, but that’s not even bringing up one of my favourite new characters, Yrel. I won’t spoil anything here, but her story arc so far is bloody amazing, and the Talador cinematic is an absolute must-see.

Speaking of those cinematics, they’re awesome! Gorgeously animated, and each one is epic. Usually used at the conclusion of a zone’s storyline, they do a fantastic job of expanding the storyline, and giving you a sense of satisfaction. Highlights are the aforementioned Talador cinematic, and the Nagrand one. Oh boy.

The Bad: MOVING?

I’m still horribly bitter about losing Fel Flame. Destruction really suffers from movement unless you take Felwalker’s Grace Kil’jaeden’s Cunning as a talent, and I’d rather take Archimonde’s Darkness thanks very much. Thanks to the recent Rain of Fire nerfs, it’s not worth the mana cost to cast unless you can hit like 4+ targets, and Conflagrate is on a 12 second cooldown with 2 charges, AND is rotationally important.

Sure, I could play Demonology on movement-based fights, but I wanna play the way I want to, and that’s Destruction. I don’t want to feel pressured into changing spec because I have to run around occasionally, and using Spiritwalker’s is just not going to happen. I’m not a fan of it in the slightest.

That said, give me a two-target fight and watch me go to TOWN, baby.

Give me 2 scythes and watch me aahhgjhshddkslfgg

Give me 2 scythes and watch me aahhgjhshddkslfgg *melt*

The Good: The People!

Subs went up to 10 million. People seem to be less assholish. Fights get explained in Heroics. Not so much LFR, but that’s a bit of a pinata at the moment, so hey.

It’s nice to see old faces in the guild and knocking around Nagrand, people I’ve not seen for months/years. Heck, one of the founders of Nameless came back just before Warlords, which is awesome!

Random panda picture, because.

Random panda picture, because.

In short, people just seem more positive now than they were a year ago, and I am really enjoying it while it lasts.

The Bad: Distractions

Seriously, I have other games to play and Warlords is EATING ALL MY FREE TIME HELP

#wow #warlords #pandas

 

Bloggy Christmas #1: Community

For the month of December, Syl of MMO-Gypsy wanted to create a blogging advent calendar of sorts, where a number of bloggers take a day each and write about how gaming has impacted their life, in terms of meeting people and being part of a community.

bloggyxmas

I am lucky number one. I (and Telwyn at GamingSF) get to go first, and I’m going to talk to you about myself, because that’s my favourite topic!

Without World of Warcraft, without this little blog of mine, without that behemoth that is Twitter, I don’t think I’d have met (in a manner of speaking) so many awesome people.

Have a panda!

Have a panda!

I’m not the most social of people, you see. Sure, I can talk to people in a face-to-face setting if I’ve known them for a while, but put me in a group, or in front of someone I don’t even know, and watch those awkward silences literally form like Immerseus after his split phase. I may come across as rather confident, but trust me, I’m not!

Having gaming in common with nearly all of my Twitter followers/the people I follow gives me a common ground to be able to strike up a conversation with. I know that if I start bitching about something Warcraft-related, there’s people out there who actually know what I am talking about, whereas if I were to do it on Facebook, I know I’d be met with tumbleweed.

"Like, what are you even talking about?"

“Like, what are you even talking about?”

That’s what community is to me. We may not play the same class in WoW, or even the same games, but we still understand each-other, we know how gaming can be a big part of our lives, and we don’t judge each-other for it.

Well, we try not to, at least!

Without Warcraft, I wouldn’t have met the amazing people of Nameless. The people that have come and gone, and the people that remain, you are all very dear to me, and I am truly honoured to know you.

Without this blog, I would never have started actively using Twitter, and I wouldn’t have got to know the people on there. I’m still a bit awkward about whether or not to comment on things people say, but then I know I’m getting slightly better at that. Putting myself out there a bit more.

For a less general story, let me tell you about my guild in World of Warcraft. We’re called Nameless, as I mentioned earlier, and we’re based on a previously low-populated server called Nagrand. We’ve since been connected to the Runetotem and Kilrogg servers which means we have a larger group of people to play with I guess.

We’re a really social guild with no real designs on raiding. If we have enough people online up for it, then sure we may give it a go, but generally we’re pretty casual. If we raid, it tends to be separately as part of pugs, or a couple of us together in a larger group.

A while back, patch 5.4 brought Flexible raiding, and we decided “why not give it a go?”

We joined forces with another guild called Thunderbirds, and made a lot of progress! We got to 8/14 in Flex mode (SPOILS OF PANDARIA! Boo!) and decided one week to make progress in Normal mode. We killed the first 3 bosses together and we have never been more proud!

Sadly, our raid team disbanded shortly after that. Some people moved to other more progressed guilds after being bitten by the “proper raiding” bug, some decided to help the raid team of a friend, and the rest of us stayed. The fact is though, as a small community of 11 people across 2 guilds, we banded together and accomplished things we never thought we would do.

If just 11 of us can do that, imagine what the gaming community as a whole could do if for once we all stopped fighting about stuff for a change?

In other news, here's a panda with lethal explosives.

In other news, here’s a panda with lethal explosives.

It’s Christmas soon. Season of goodwill and cheer and all that jazz. The time to give as well as receive (fnar). Recently, certain corners of our lil’ community of gamers have been doing some really awful stuff. Harassing, threatening, life-ruining, that sorta thing. Of course there are trolls on both sides of the conflict, because that’s just apparently the way the internet works, but really, shit like this needs to stop. It’s this sort of thing that can break a community, and in the grand scheme of things, we’ve only just gotten off the ground. We’ve only just found each-other, and already we’re at each-other’s throats.

Can’t we all get along for once (he says naively)? Make this happy time of year actually, you know, HAPPY?

Anyway, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! My Destruction 101 guide is STILL a work-in-progress. I keep getting distracted by garrisons and missions and alts and transmog and EVERYTHING.

Speaking of transmog, here’s Raenah’s current look:

pirates

Sexy glowing ball pirate?

 

 

Until next time, my dears!

Blizzcon Opening Ceremony

So, the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2014 is done and dusted, but it left some pretty damn huge ripples.

World of Warcraft

First and foremost, there was practically nothing about World of Warcraft announced, but then with Warlords of Draenor on the horizon, were we really expecting new things to be announced? Steal from their own expansion’s thunder? No no no.

Diablo?

Nothing about Diablo either. In fact, even less as at least Warcraft mentioned the movie. I don’t play Diablo (yet!) but I’m sure some people who DO play it might be a tad stung.

Heroes of the Storm

In Heroes of the Storm news, Jaina, Thrall, Lost Vikings and reportedly Sylvanas have been announced as new characters, and there’s several new stages too. Sky Temple, and Tomb of the Spider. I recently got into the alpha for this game, which is pretty exciting, but the closed beta begins January 13th!

Hearthstone

In Hearthstone news, you’ll be able to play it on your Android tablets as of December! Not only that, but the first Hearthstone expansion was announced!

Goblins vs Gnomes! With over 120 new cards, and it launches next month!

StarCraft 2

New expansion announced! Legacy of the Void, focusing on the Protoss, with Zeratul as the main character, and is set to be the final chapter of the StarCraft 2 trilogy.

Overwatch!!!

Probably the major news of BlizzCon so far, Overwatch is a new IP announced by Blizzard in the last 20 minutes of the opening ceremony. It’s a team-based shooter set in the near-future on Earth. There’s 12 characters announced so far, with “many more to come”.

And you know what? These characters are really diverse. We’re not talking typical muscled white male space marines here, we’re talking people from all backgrounds, badass ladies AND men.

An Important Message

Right at the very start of the ceremony, however, Mike Morhaime took to the stage to make possibly the most important statement of all.

I’d like to take a moment to talk about something serious. Over the past couple months, there’s been a small group of people who have been doing really awful things. They have been making some people’s lives miserable, and they have been tarnishing our reputation as gamers. It’s not right. Blizzcon is a great example of how positive and uplifting gaming can be. Let’s carry the good the good vibes from this weekend out into the world all year round. There is another person on the other end of the chat screen. They’re our friends, our brothers and sisters, our sons and daughters. Let’s take a stand to reject hate and harassment. Let’s redouble our efforts to be kind and respectful to one another. And let’s remind the world what the gaming community is really all about.

And isn’t that what it’s all about? Us as a community standing alongside one-another, not against?

Seriously people. I don’t want to get too heavy here, and so I will keep this brief.

Harassing ANYONE, whether male, female, gay, straight, trans, bi, what the fuck ever, is a terrible, terrible thing. You do it? You should be ashamed. Despite your differences, you also have so much in common, and you just can’t see that. It’s depressing.

nonono

Here’s a panda. Pandas make me happy.

Loot Guide: Heroic Upper Blackrock Spire

Just to clarify, this is NOT THE LEVEL 90 VERSION. This is the level 100 heroic version.

5 bosses to unleash your demons upon!

Orebender Gor’ashan

Cloak of Arcane Mysteries
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Haste
+63 Mastery

Haste and Mastery are both tasty stats for any spec, so if you don’t have the legendary cloak (believe it or not, it’s still best in slot at this point!) this is a good alternative.

Drape of Frozen Dreams
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Mastery

Cloak of choice for Destruction, barring the legendary cloak.

Felbone Drape
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+48 Haste

Decent third choice if you haven’t got the legendary cloak, and the Haste/Mastery one doesn’t drop.

Forgeflame Greatcloak
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+65 Versatility
+60 Multistrike

You really want the Arcane Mysteries one. Not this one.

Felflame Sandals
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Critical Strike
+76 Haste

Good backup for any spec.

Frost-Touched Boots
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Haste
+90 Versatility

These frosty boots leave me feeling COLD. Again, Versatility is a bit of a waste at the moment.

Lightbinder Treads
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Haste
+86 Mastery

Best for Demonology and Affliction thus far.

Sandals of Arcane Mystery
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+64 Critical Strike
+96 Mastery

Well hello Destruction!

Sandals of Swirling Light
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

You know by now what I am going to say.

Kyrak

Felflame Spaulders
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Mastery

Something worthy of the “fel” name! Destruction.

Frost-Touched Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+92 Haste
+70 Mastery

Affliction? Demo? Go for it.

Lightbinder Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+91 Critical Strike
+72 Haste

Good as a backup for any spec.

Mantle of Arcane Mystery
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+82 Haste
+85 Multistrike

Another good backup. Multistrike is looking pretty good for Affliction, you know.

Mantle of Swirling Light
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Literally any other shoulder would be better.

Darkflame Loop
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+60 Haste
+65 Mastery

Affliction and Demonology ring of choice. Nice for Destruction too!

Diamondglow Circle
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Haste

The, um, other ring of choice.

Golem’s Gleaming Eye
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+69 Critical Strike
+52 Versatility

Crit makes it okay if you can’t get anything else.

Mark of Ice
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Multistrike

Destruction wants this. 

Signet of Shifting Magics
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Versatility
+71 Mastery

You probably can guess what I may say about Versatility by now, but the Mastery on this item makes it nice for any spec at a push.

Finkle’s Flenser
1h Dagger
+72 Intellect
+107 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+956 Spell Power
+48 Mastery
Equip: Skinning skill increased by 10.

Nice for Destruction if you’re not going with a staff. The other specs would probably prefer the 1h from Teron’gor in Auchindoun.

Commander Tharbek

Felflame Grips
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Usual Vers advice.

Frost-Touched Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Versatility
+86 Mastery

Mastery is always good.

Gloves of Arcane Mystery
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+70 Haste
+92 Mastery

Certainly best for Affliction and Demonology. Maybe Destruction too.

Gloves of Swirling Light
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Multistrike

Destruction is loving Crit, and Multistrike is always fun to see, let alone use.

Lightbinder Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+96 Critical Strike
+64 Haste

Possibly a better choice than the above. Marginally.

Felflame Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Versatility
+115 Mastery

Mastery! Versatility. There’s better out there.

Frost-Touched Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+113 Critical Strike
+109 Versatility

No.

Lightbinder Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+95 Haste
+121 Mastery

Demonology? Affliction? Go for this one.

Robes of Arcane Mystery
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+127 Critical Strike
+85 Haste

Probably best for Destruction. Sad there’s no Crit/Mastery robe.

Robes of Swirling Light
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+103 Critical Strike
+116 Multistrike

Your second choice for all 3 specs.

Ragewing the Untamed

Alc’s Pendant of Fiery Dreams
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+64 Mastery
+61 Multistrike

Every spec likes Mastery, and Affliction is liking Multistrike most at the moment. Item of choice for Affliction!

Demonbinder Cabochon
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Haste
+48 Versatility

Have a guess. You can do better.

Magister’s Chain
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Mastery

Demonology necklace of choice.

Necklace of Endless Shadow
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+67 Critical Strike
+55 Versatility

Every stat is so much better than Versatility at the moment.

Felflame Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+87 Versatility
+126 Multistrike

Whopping chunk of Multistrike which is lovely. That’s nearly 2% worth!

Frost-Touched Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+120 Haste
+98 Versatility

A good chunk of Haste, but really any other stat would be preferable to Versatility sadly.

Leggings of Swirling Light
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Mastery
+115 Multistrike

Best choice for Affliction and Demonology, and a good second choice for Destruction because MASTERY.

Lightbinder Leggings
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+118 Critical Strike
+101 Mastery

A brilliant piece for Destruction.

Trousers of Arcane Mystery
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Critical Strike
+111 Haste

No Mastery, but these are still a good drop for all 3 specs.

Ragewing’s Firefang
Trinket
+159 Intellect
Use: Grants 1060 Versatility for 15 seconds. (90 second cooldown)

That’s… a fairly substantial boost to Versatility (over 8% or so) but still not enough to be better than the other trinkets mentioned. Go for it if you abolutely have to, but make getting a replacement a priority.

Warlord Zaela

Felflame Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Versatility
+111 Multistrike

Nope!

Frost-Touched Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+116 Critical Strike
+103 Haste

Not bad if you can’t get one with Mastery!

Hood of Arcane Mystery
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+98 Critical Strike
+120 Mastery

Here’s the one you want for Destruction. Passable for the other specs too.

Hood of Swirling Light
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+121 Haste
+95 Mastery

Good for Haste lovers.

Lightbinder Cover
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+90 Haste
+124 Versatility

Please no.

Bracers of Arcane Mystery
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Haste

Affliction all the way!

Bracers of Swirling Light
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+55 Versatility
+67 Multistrike

Nope.

Felflame Bracers
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Haste
+71 Multistrike

Good as a second choice.

Frost-Touched Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+72 Mastery

Demonology and DEFINITELY Destruction want this one!

Lightbinder Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+57 Haste
+66 Versatility

Versatility sounds so good on paper, but every other secondary is just way better.

Cord of Arcane Mystery
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+91 Haste

Good in a pinch for any spec if you can’t get anything better!

Cord of Swirling Light
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Mastery

Every spec likes Mastery! Every spec doesn’t really care about Versatility.

Felflame Belt
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Critical Strike
+90 Multistrike

Possibly good for Destruction.

Frost-Touched Cord
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+86 Critical Strike
+80 Mastery

Great for all specs! Destruction in particular.

Lightbinder Girdle
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Haste
+76 Multistrike

Tasty for Affliction in particular

Loot Guide: Heroic The Everbloom

Heroic The Everbloom. Horrendous grammar, but there you go. We have 5 (!) bosses in here for you to Chaos Bolt, Soul Fire and Drain Soul to oblivion. We begin with…

Ancient Protectors

Felflame Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+87 Versatility
+126 Multistrike

Whopping chunk of Multistrike which is lovely. That’s nearly 2% worth!

Frost-Touched Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+120 Haste
+98 Versatility

A good chunk of Haste, but really any other stat would be preferable to Versatility sadly.

Leggings of Swirling Light
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Mastery
+115 Multistrike

Best choice for Affliction and Demonology, and a good second choice for Destruction because MASTERY.

Lightbinder Leggings
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+118 Critical Strike
+101 Mastery

A brilliant piece for Destruction.

Trousers of Arcane Mystery
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Critical Strike
+111 Haste

No Mastery, but these are still a good drop for all 3 specs.

Cord of Arcane Mystery
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+91 Haste

Good in a pinch for any spec if you can’t get anything better!

Cord of Swirling Light
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Mastery

Every spec likes Mastery! Every spec doesn’t really care about Versatility.

Felflame Belt
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Critical Strike
+90 Multistrike

Possibly good for Destruction.

Frost-Touched Cord
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+86 Critical Strike
+80 Mastery

Great for all specs! Destruction in particular.

Lightbinder Girdle
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Haste
+76 Multistrike

Tasty for Affliction in particular

Interloper’s Mossy Skull
Off-Hand
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Haste
+60 Mastery

The secondary stats make it probably the best offhand item if you’re not going for the staff from the Skyreach.

Archmage Sol

Bracers of Arcane Mystery
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Haste

Affliction all the way!

Bracers of Swirling Light
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+55 Versatility
+67 Multistrike

Nope.

Felflame Bracers
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Haste
+71 Multistrike

Good as a second choice.

Frost-Touched Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+72 Mastery

Demonology and DEFINITELY Destruction want this one!

Lightbinder Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+57 Haste
+66 Versatility

Versatility sounds so good on paper, but every other secondary is just way better.

Felflame Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Versatility
+111 Multistrike

Nope!

Frost-Touched Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+116 Critical Strike
+103 Haste

Not bad if you can’t get one with Mastery!

Hood of Arcane Mystery
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+98 Critical Strike
+120 Mastery

Here’s the one you want for Destruction. Passable for the other specs too.

Hood of Swirling Light
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+121 Haste
+95 Mastery

Good for Haste lovers.

Lightbinder Cover
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+90 Haste
+124 Versatility

Please no.

Sol’s Magestaff
2h Staff
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+98 Versatility
+958 Spell Power
+120 Multistrike

I don’t recommend this in the slightest. Go after the one from Skyreach, seriously.

Xeri’tac

Felflame Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Versatility
+115 Mastery

Mastery! Versatility. There’s better out there.

Frost-Touched Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+113 Critical Strike
+109 Versatility

No.

Lightbinder Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+95 Haste
+121 Mastery

Demonology? Affliction? Go for this one.

Robes of Arcane Mystery
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+127 Critical Strike
+85 Haste

Probably best for Destruction. Sad there’s no Crit/Mastery robe.

Robes of Swirling Light
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+103 Critical Strike
+116 Multistrike

Your second choice for all 3 specs.

Felflame Sandals
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Critical Strike
+76 Haste

Good backup for any spec.

Frost-Touched Boots
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Haste
+90 Versatility

These frosty boots leave me feeling COLD. Again, Versatility is a bit of a waste at the moment.

Lightbinder Treads
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Haste
+86 Mastery

Best for Demonology and Affliction thus far.

Sandals of Arcane Mystery
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+64 Critical Strike
+96 Mastery

Well hello Destruction!

Sandals of Swirling Light
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

You know by now what I am going to say.

Yalnu

Felflame Spaulders
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Mastery

Something worthy of the “fel” name! Destruction.

Frost-Touched Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+92 Haste
+70 Mastery

Affliction? Demo? Go for it.

Lightbinder Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+91 Critical Strike
+72 Haste

Good as a backup for any spec.

Mantle of Arcane Mystery
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+82 Haste
+85 Multistrike

Another good backup. Multistrike is looking pretty good for Affliction, you know.

Mantle of Swirling Light
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Literally any other shoulder would be better.

Darkflame Loop
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+60 Haste
+65 Mastery

Affliction and Demonology ring of choice. Nice for Destruction too!

Diamondglow Circle
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Haste

The, um, other ring of choice.

Golem’s Gleaming Eye
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+69 Critical Strike
+52 Versatility

Crit makes it okay if you can’t get anything else.

Mark of Ice
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Multistrike

Destruction wants this. 

Signet of Shifting Magics
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Versatility
+71 Mastery

You probably can guess what I may say about Versatility by now, but the Mastery on this item makes it nice for any spec at a push.

Alc’s Pendant of Fiery Dreams
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+64 Mastery
+61 Multistrike

Every spec likes Mastery, and Affliction is liking Multistrike most at the moment. Item of choice for Affliction!

Demonbinder Cabochon
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Haste
+48 Versatility

Have a guess. You can do better.

Magister’s Chain
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Mastery

Demonology necklace of choice.

Necklace of Endless Shadow
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+67 Critical Strike
+55 Versatility

Every stat is so much better than Versatility at the moment.

Coagulated Genesaur Blood
Trinket
+159 Intellect
Equip: Your attacks have a chance to grant 1383 Multistrike for 10 seconds. (approx 0.92 procs per minute)

It’s a good’un. Get it on any spec, pair it with the Haste trinket from Iron Docks.

Witherbark

Cloak of Arcane Mysteries
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Haste
+63 Mastery

Haste and Mastery are both tasty stats for any spec, so if you don’t have the legendary cloak (believe it or not, it’s still best in slot at this point!) this is a good alternative.

Drape of Frozen Dreams
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Mastery

Cloak of choice for Destruction, barring the legendary cloak.

Felbone Drape
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+48 Haste

Decent third choice if you haven’t got the legendary cloak, and the Haste/Mastery one doesn’t drop.

Forgeflame Greatcloak
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+65 Versatility
+60 Multistrike

You really want the Arcane Mysteries one. Not this one.

Felflame Grips
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Usual Vers advice.

Frost-Touched Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Versatility
+86 Mastery

Mastery is always good.

Gloves of Arcane Mystery
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+70 Haste
+92 Mastery

Certainly best for Affliction and Demonology. Maybe Destruction too.

Gloves of Swirling Light
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Multistrike

Destruction is loving Crit, and Multistrike is always fun to see, let alone use.

Lightbinder Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+96 Critical Strike
+64 Haste

Possibly a better choice than the above. Marginally.

Loot Guide: Heroic Skyreach

BIRD PEOPLE.

Let’s blast these Arrakoa out the sky and get our greedy fel mitts on their loot! 4 bosses here, starting with…

Ranjit

Felflame Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Versatility
+111 Multistrike

Nope!

Frost-Touched Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+116 Critical Strike
+103 Haste

Not bad if you can’t get one with Mastery!

Hood of Arcane Mystery
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+98 Critical Strike
+120 Mastery

Here’s the one you want for Destruction. Passable for the other specs too.

Hood of Swirling Light
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+121 Haste
+95 Mastery

Good for Haste lovers.

Lightbinder Cover
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+90 Haste
+124 Versatility

Please no.

Cord of Arcane Mystery
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+91 Haste

Good in a pinch for any spec if you can’t get anything better!

Cord of Swirling Light
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Mastery

Every spec likes Mastery! Every spec doesn’t really care about Versatility.

Felflame Belt
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Critical Strike
+90 Multistrike

Possibly good for Destruction.

Frost-Touched Cord
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+86 Critical Strike
+80 Mastery

Great for all specs! Destruction in particular.

Lightbinder Girdle
Waist
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Haste
+76 Multistrike

Tasty for Affliction in particular

Araknath

Alc’s Pendant of Fiery Dreams
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+64 Mastery
+61 Multistrike

Every spec likes Mastery, and Affliction is liking Multistrike most at the moment. Item of choice for Affliction!

Demonbinder Cabochon
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Haste
+48 Versatility

Have a guess. You can do better.

Magister’s Chain
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Mastery

Demonology necklace of choice.

Necklace of Endless Shadow
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+67 Critical Strike
+55 Versatility

Every stat is so much better than Versatility at the moment.

Felflame Sandals
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Critical Strike
+76 Haste

Good backup for any spec.

Frost-Touched Boots
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Haste
+90 Versatility

These frosty boots leave me feeling COLD. Again, Versatility is a bit of a waste at the moment.

Lightbinder Treads
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Haste
+86 Mastery

Best for Demonology and Affliction thus far.

Sandals of Arcane Mystery
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+64 Critical Strike
+96 Mastery

Well hello Destruction!

Sandals of Swirling Light
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

You know by now what I am going to say.

Spire of the Furious Construct
2h Staff
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Critical Strike
+958 Spell Power
+111 Mastery

Here you are. Here’s the staff you want to get. Get to it.

Rukhran

Bracers of Arcane Mystery
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Haste

Affliction all the way!

Bracers of Swirling Light
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+55 Versatility
+67 Multistrike

Nope.

Felflame Bracers
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Haste
+71 Multistrike

Good as a second choice.

Frost-Touched Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+72 Mastery

Demonology and DEFINITELY Destruction want this one!

Lightbinder Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+57 Haste
+66 Versatility

Versatility sounds so good on paper, but every other secondary is just way better.

Felflame Grips
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Usual Vers advice.

Frost-Touched Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Versatility
+86 Mastery

Mastery is always good.

Gloves of Arcane Mystery
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+70 Haste
+92 Mastery

Certainly best for Affliction and Demonology. Maybe Destruction too.

Gloves of Swirling Light
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Multistrike

Destruction is loving Crit, and Multistrike is always fun to see, let alone use.

Lightbinder Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+96 Critical Strike
+64 Haste

Possibly a better choice than the above. Marginally.

High Sage Viryx

Felflame Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+87 Versatility
+126 Multistrike

Whopping chunk of Multistrike which is lovely. That’s nearly 2% worth!

Frost-Touched Legwraps
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+120 Haste
+98 Versatility

A good chunk of Haste, but really any other stat would be preferable to Versatility sadly.

Leggings of Swirling Light
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Mastery
+115 Multistrike

Best choice for Affliction and Demonology, and a good second choice for Destruction because MASTERY.

Lightbinder Leggings
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+118 Critical Strike
+101 Mastery

A brilliant piece for Destruction.

Trousers of Arcane Mystery
Legs
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Critical Strike
+111 Haste

No Mastery, but these are still a good drop for all 3 specs.

Felflame Spaulders
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Mastery

Something worthy of the “fel” name! Destruction.

Frost-Touched Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+92 Haste
+70 Mastery

Affliction? Demo? Go for it.

Lightbinder Shoulderpads
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+91 Critical Strike
+72 Haste

Good as a backup for any spec.

Mantle of Arcane Mystery
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+82 Haste
+85 Multistrike

Another good backup. Multistrike is looking pretty good for Affliction, you know.

Mantle of Swirling Light
Shoulder
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Literally any other shoulder would be better.

Darkflame Loop
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+60 Haste
+65 Mastery

Affliction and Demonology ring of choice. Nice for Destruction too!

Diamondglow Circle
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Haste

The, um, other ring of choice.

Golem’s Gleaming Eye
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+69 Critical Strike
+52 Versatility

Crit makes it okay if you can’t get anything else.

Mark of Ice
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Multistrike

Destruction wants this. 

Signet of Shifting Magics
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Versatility
+71 Mastery

You probably can guess what I may say about Versatility by now, but the Mastery on this item makes it nice for any spec at a push.

Loot Guide: Heroic Shadowmoon Burial Grounds

So you’re a warlock, you’re going through Shadowmoon Burial Grounds, and you wanna know what the bosses drop for you. You came to the right place!

Sadana Bloodfury

Alc’s Pendant of Fiery Dreams
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+64 Mastery
+61 Multistrike

Every spec likes Mastery, and Affliction is liking Multistrike most at the moment. Item of choice for Affliction!

Demonbinder Cabochon
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Haste
+48 Versatility

Have a guess. You can do better.

Magister’s Chain
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Mastery

Demonology necklace of choice.

Necklace of Endless Shadow
Neck
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+67 Critical Strike
+55 Versatility

Every stat is so much better than Versatility at the moment.

Cloak of Arcane Mysteries
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Haste
+63 Mastery

Haste and Mastery are both tasty stats for any spec, so if you don’t have the legendary cloak (believe it or not, it’s still best in slot at this point!) this is a good alternative.

Drape of Frozen Dreams
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Mastery

Cloak of choice for Destruction, barring the legendary cloak.

Felbone Drape
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+72 Critical Strike
+48 Haste

Decent third choice if you haven’t got the legendary cloak, and the Haste/Mastery one doesn’t drop.

Forgeflame Greatcloak
Back
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+65 Versatility
+60 Multistrike

You really want the Arcane Mysteries one. Not this one.

Sadana’s Grisly Visage
Off-Hand
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+64 Critical Strike
+61 Haste

It’s those “typically good” stats. Good if you can’t get one with mastery.

Bonemaw

Felflame Grips
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

Usual Vers advice.

Frost-Touched Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Versatility
+86 Mastery

Mastery is always good.

Gloves of Arcane Mystery
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+70 Haste
+92 Mastery

Certainly best for Affliction and Demonology. Maybe Destruction too.

Gloves of Swirling Light
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+76 Critical Strike
+89 Multistrike

Destruction is loving Crit, and Multistrike is always fun to see, let alone use.

Lightbinder Gloves
Hands
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+96 Critical Strike
+64 Haste

Possibly a better choice than the above. Marginally.

Bracers of Arcane Mystery
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Haste

Affliction all the way!

Bracers of Swirling Light
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+55 Versatility
+67 Multistrike

Nope.

Felflame Bracers
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Haste
+71 Multistrike

Good as a second choice.

Frost-Touched Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+72 Mastery

Demonology and DEFINITELY Destruction want this one!

Lightbinder Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+57 Haste
+66 Versatility

Versatility sounds so good on paper, but every other secondary is just way better.

Ner’zhul

Felflame Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+111 Versatility
+111 Multistrike

Nope!

Frost-Touched Hood
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+116 Critical Strike
+103 Haste

Not bad if you can’t get one with Mastery!

Hood of Arcane Mystery
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+98 Critical Strike
+120 Mastery

Here’s the one you want for Destruction. Passable for the other specs too.

Hood of Swirling Light
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+121 Haste
+95 Mastery

Good for Haste lovers.

Lightbinder Cover
Head
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+90 Haste
+124 Versatility

Please no.

Felflame Sandals
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+89 Critical Strike
+76 Haste

Good backup for any spec.

Frost-Touched Boots
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+74 Haste
+90 Versatility

These frosty boots leave me feeling COLD. Again, Versatility is a bit of a waste at the moment.

Lightbinder Treads
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+80 Haste
+86 Mastery

Best for Demonology and Affliction thus far.

Sandals of Arcane Mystery
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+64 Critical Strike
+96 Mastery

Well hello Destruction!

Sandals of Swirling Light
Feet
+126 Intellect
+189 Stamina
+84 Versatility
+84 Multistrike

You know by now what I am going to say.

Darkflame Loop
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+60 Haste
+65 Mastery

Affliction and Demonology ring of choice. Nice for Destruction too!

Diamondglow Circle
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+66 Critical Strike
+57 Haste

The, um, other ring of choice.

Golem’s Gleaming Eye
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+69 Critical Strike
+52 Versatility

Crit makes it okay if you can’t get anything else.

Mark of Ice
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Multistrike

Destruction wants this. 

Signet of Shifting Magics
Ring
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Versatility
+71 Mastery

You probably can guess what I may say about Versatility by now, but the Mastery on this item makes it nice for any spec at a push.

Portal-Ripper’s Staff
2h Staff
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+121 Haste
+958 Spell Power
+95 Multistrike

That lovely boost to 2 pretty decent secondary stats. Nice for Affliction.

Nhallish

Bracers of Arcane Mystery
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+63 Critical Strike
+63 Haste

Affliction all the way!

Bracers of Swirling Light
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+55 Versatility
+67 Multistrike

Nope.

Felflame Bracers
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+49 Haste
+71 Multistrike

Good as a second choice.

Frost-Touched Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+48 Critical Strike
+72 Mastery

Demonology and DEFINITELY Destruction want this one!

Lightbinder Wristwraps
Wrist
+94 Intellect
+141 Stamina
+57 Haste
+66 Versatility

Versatility sounds so good on paper, but every other secondary is just way better.

Felflame Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+106 Versatility
+115 Mastery

Mastery! Versatility. There’s better out there.

Frost-Touched Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+113 Critical Strike
+109 Versatility

No.

Lightbinder Robes
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+95 Haste
+121 Mastery

Demonology? Affliction? Go for this one.

Robes of Arcane Mystery
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+127 Critical Strike
+85 Haste

Probably best for Destruction. Sad there’s no Crit/Mastery robe.

Robes of Swirling Light
Chest
+167 Intellect
+251 Stamina
+103 Critical Strike
+116 Multistrike

Your second choice for all 3 specs.