Sunday, January 16
Pre-Heroic Gears for Arms: Head & Neck
These are the Arms Warrior worthy Head and neck items I'm lusting after at the moment.
Keep in mind that some of this stuff you probably won't actually be able to afford until you're already in heroics. But we'll all join hands and jump off that bridge when we get there. Even one JP piece is going to be nice, and the current set is quite lovely.
For the Noggin
Color is no longer important. A blue iLevel 333 helmet has the same stat budget as a green iLevel 333 helmet. Ignore the item's color. iLevel is important but even then some higher iLevel pieces aren't going to be optimal. So we buck the trend in pre-heroic gear by starting with... a green!?! Yes.
Redsteel Helm - Honestly, this Blacksmith crafted helm is the best noggin protector you can get pre-heroic. You can buy it at the AH at Level 83 and you're set all the way through per-heroic stuff. Meta-socket? Check. Red socket? Check. Piles of Strength and Stamina? Check. Crit and Expertise? Bonus! This was custom made for an Arms Warrior. Get it.
Helm of Easeful Death - You can get this one with 2200 Justice Points. Honestly, I'd keep the Redsteel Helm, get the JP shoulders first, and save this for later. It's got a heaping does of Expertise on it, but it's also loaded with Haste. And that just doesn't do us Arms Warriors a lot of good. Great for our Fury brothers and sisters... but they're kinda smelly. Save this for later and Reforge it when you get it.
Gem: Choatic Shadow Spirit Diamond and Bold Inferno Ruby
Enchant: Arcanum of the Wildhammer requires Revered with the Wildhammer Clan
Around the Neck
Gift of Nadun - A very nice neck piece that you can get when you're Exalted with Ramkahen. Reforge the Haste and this one will last quite awhile. My problem is that rep with Ramkahen is, like, third on my list. If I'm close to getting the better JP neck, will I get this? We'll see.
Pendant of Quiet Breath - A Strength and Stamina neck with Crit and Expertise? Yum! This is available for 1250 Justice points and I'm thinking it's a great investment. I'd still get the shoulders first, but this would be second on my list.
Seedling Pod - This is a drop in Halls of Origination from Ammunae. A solid iLevel 333 neck that will more than hold you over until you can get the JP neck. (There's a heroic version, as well.) Reforge the Haste and you're good to go.
Thinking It Over
Carefully consider the timing and if dropping gold or points on a piece is actually worth it. For example, if the Seedling Pod dropped for me in HO, I would even bother with the Gift of Nadun, and I might bump Pendant of Quiet Breath down my list a little for the JP stuff. On the other hand, if I hit Exalted with Ramkahen, I'd pass on the Seedling Pod, reforge the Gift of Nadun, and again bump the Pendant down in my JP priorities for a little while.
Really just depends on where you're at when the opportunity to get something crops up. Choose wisely. :)
NEXT: Shoulders & Capes