Despite all the deaths from my first few forays into Ulduar, I’m still very starry-eyed and excited about the new raid zone. And I know it’s cliche and plenty of people are full of shit when they say it, but the joy of raiding comes from defeating bosses as much as it does from equipping new shinies. However, as I like to think carefully about how I gear my toons and as I like to plan ahead to know what items I really need, I have spent a good chunk of time this morning looking through the Ulduar drops. What’s interesting is that as I examine the items from the zone, my Naxx-25 gear holds up pretty well in comparison; and what’s surprising is that there are still upgrades to be had for me in Obsidian Sanctum.
But I’ve made a wishlist nonetheless, one based off the stat weights I wrote about in this post:
Throughput: Spellpower > Haste > Crit > Intellect
Mana Regen: MP5 = Intellect > Spirit
As such, this list assumes that as a Disc Priest, I have fully talented Focused Will and Enlightenment, granting me an “innate” 3% crit and 6% haste. As the 4-piece set bonus gives a nice spellpower boost to a Disc Priest’s playstyle, I’ve privileged some pieces of the tier gear healing set that might not be best-in-slot. I don’t anticipate being able to complete many of the bosses on hard mode for a while, nor do I anticipate there’ll be the supplies to have some of the BOE Tailoring recipes crafted, so if those items are best-in-slot, I’ve listed a runner-up or two.
* The new spellpower enchant for 2-handed staffs will again make these weapons appealing for casters and healers. However, I prefer using a weapon and offhand. For those who’d rather use a staff, The Staff of Endless Winter, which drops from hard-mode Hodir, is best-in-slot.
** I wrote a post a long time ago about trinkets and discipline priests and my knowledge of the class and access to gear has changed immensely since then. I need to do a little more thinking about the trinket choices as Lootrank.com seems rather inaccurate here. It gives the trinket from Sartharion as best-in-slot. It also lists the Forethought Talisman as the second best-in-slot, but I know from experience that the proc rate on it is crap. I’m curious about the Greatness trinket, but I’m still not sure it’s worth the gold investment (although my DK is a scribe, making all the cards is quite a chore). But when I look at my mana returns from the Soul of the Dead, I’m very very reluctant to get rid of that item.