Friday, December 18, 2009

3.3 Warlock Gear Through the New LFG System

Maybe someone has already done this for all of us warlocks out there; perhaps it's better, more comprehensive, and really gets down to the nitty gritty. Pshh, forget them. I'm going to do one of my own, because honestly, I'm way cooler. This is my list of every epic item a warlock, fresh to 80 and/or gearing out by him/herself, would want from patch 3.3.

I have left out PvP, Arena, and Raid gear, as these require a group effort and I will only be concentrating on gear for antisocial people with small guilds and who also rely heavily on the new LFG System (jkjk, I don't mean to imply anything, I'm sure you terribly awkward people have friends). Hey, some of us fly solo. We all can't be in a raiding guild. We don't have a set schedule all the time. Sometimes we're Batman without the JLA.

Speaking of, there is one definite thing: Batman's got rock solid balls. That's right, I said it. His nuts are so huge, he can crack a bowling ball by flinching his cheek muscles. What's that got to do with anything? I want you, my warlock friend, to be Batman. I want you to bring fear and pain to those who stand in your way. I want to you place the shadowy hand of rage upon the heads of your foes. I want you to flinch and crack open their skulls. What follows is a grand list of gear that'll make you feel and look like you've got a pair.

So let's say you've just come back from a long hiatus; you'd had your fill of raiding, your group wasn't able to do 25 TOGC, you were a bit frustrated, so you thought, “Time to box up the imp, call it a month, see you at patch 3.3.” Or perhaps you just dinged 80 on your warlock, a freshman in your prime, eager to see what kind of pretty little things you'll be running into with the new LFG System.

Either situation, the LFG System offers two Emblems of Frost per day (taking the place of daily heroics) for your first heroic and each boss in heroics drops an Emblem of Triumph. After your first heroic, queuing up will award two Emblems of Triumph for successfully completing the dungeon. The average amount of Emblems per dungeon you queue up for is six.

So what does this mean? Tier 9, sucka. There are three qualities of Tier 9: Conquest, Triumph, and Triumph Heroic. You're shooting for Conquest quality, sold by Aspirant Naradiel for the Horde and Aspirant Forudir for the Alliance at the Argent Tournament Grounds, costing you your slightly-hard-earned Emblems of Triumph.

Tier 9 Conquest Gear

Gul'dan's Hood of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Gloves of Conquest, 30 Emblems
Gul'dan's Robe Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Leggings of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Gul'dan's Shoulderpads of Conquest, 30 Emblems

Kel'Thuzad's Hood of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Gloves of Conquest, 30 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Robe of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Leggings of Conquest, 50 Emblems
Kel'Thuzad's Shoulderpads of Conquest, 30 Emblems

So you've got some pieces now, but you've still got some green and blue gaps to fill, yeah? Emblems are coming out the wazoo and you're not too sure what to use them for. Here, let me help. The Triumph Emblem Vendors in Dalaran and at the Argent Tournament Grounds carry great pieces you'd be interested in. Have a looksee.

Emblems of Triumph Gear

Brimstone Igniter, 25 Emblems
Hood of Smoldering Aftermath, 75 Emblems
Hood of Clouded Sight, 75 Emblems
Pauldrons of Catastrophic Emanation, 45 Emblems
Mantle of Revered Mortality, 45 Emblems
Band of the Invoker, 35 Emblems
Shard of the Crystal Heart, 50 Emblems
Talisman of Resurgence, 50 Emblems

Building up those epics, yeah? I like your look, thug. Fo sho, streets. What's that? New Heroics? Yeah, that crazy guy, Lich Kingsley, was probably a little annoyed we killed all of his minions, foiled most of his devious plans, and had a Renaissance Fair in his back yard. So in retaliation, he's all, “if you can get through the front door, I'll give you phat lewts.” A battering ram later, and we've got three new places to kill uglies. These dungeons are pretty challenging for anyone, but with enough practice, you'll get the dance down and be swingin' it like a pro. Epics drop from both normal and heroic modes, so smack those bosses in the mouth and rifle through their pockets. You are Neil Diamond.

The Forge of Souls
Bronjahm Drops
Cold Sweat Grips

Devourer of Souls Drops
Essence of Anger
Coil of Missing Gems

Trash Drops
Coffin Nail
Mantle of Tattered Feathers

Bronjahm Drops
Very Fashionable Shoulders

Devourer of Souls Drops
Mord'rethar Robes
Arcane Loops of Anger

The Pit of Saron
Forgemaster Garfrost Drops
Ice-Steeped Sandals
Unspeakable Secret

Krick and Ick Drops
Wristguards of Subterranean Moss

Scourgelord Tyrannus Drops
Palebone Robes
Rimewoven Silks

Trash Drops
Coffin Nail
Mantle of Tattered Feathers

Forgemaster Garfrost Drops
Surgeon's Needle, but honestly, it's made for healers. Don't be an asshole and be all "that's mine" when it drops. If it's an upgrade AND the healer doesn't want it, go for it, but really, as a warlock, you don't need MP5. Don't be silly. There are better things. Look for Seethe from FoS, don't wait on this.

Krick and Ick Drops
Ancient Polar Bear Hide
Braid of Salt and Fire

Scourgelord Tyrannus Drops
Engraved Gargoyle Femur
Prelate's Snowshoes

Halls of Reflection
Falric Drops
Marwyn's Macabre Fingertips

Marwyn Drops
Frayed Abomination Stitching Shoulders

Lich King Drops
Chilled Heart of the Glacier
Tattered Glacial-Woven Hood

Trash Drops
Coffin Nail
Mantle of Tattered Feathers

Falric Drops
Bracer of Worn Molars

Marwyn Drops
Sightless Crown of Ulmaas
Suspiciously Soft Gloves (That item name bothers me. A lot.)

Lich King Drops
Shriveled Heart
Strip of Remorse

That's a lot of new toys to consider from the new heroics. Though one in particular that I haven't listed yet is something most people want when running the new stuff. From all three dungeons on heroic, trash has a chance to drop Battered Hilt. This item leads to Quel'Delar, the sister blade of Quel'Serrar. There are several versions of the blade once you've finished the quest chain, but more than likely you'll want Quel'Delar, Lens of the Mind. That is a sexy amount of spellpower right there. It's also quite large, so people will be shitting themselves seeing you from a distance with that in hand.

Chugging right along, running the Daily Frost Dungeon (two Emblems of Frost) with the LFG System each day allows you those necessary small steps to some of the best pieces in the game right now. Tier 10 is what we're all after, and like Tier 9, it comes in three delightful qualities: Dark Coven, Sanctified Dark Coven, and Sanctified Dark Coven Heroic. Like Tier 9, you'll be shooting for the lower quality of Dark Coven. Tier 10 waits for the dedicated few, and those without a raid guild or schedule will have to be about as dedicated to doing a dungeon per day as the dude at Blockbuster is to making fun of me for the movies I choose. I loved Love, Actually. British people are quirky.

Tier 10 Dark Coven

Dark Coven Gloves, 60 Emblems
Dark Coven Hood, 95 Emblems
Dark Coven Leggings, 95 Emblems
Dark Coven Robe, 95 Emblems
Dark Coven Gloves, 60 Emblems

Let's say far into the future, you get enough Emblems of Frost that you're starting a collection of them and want to spend them on other items. You'll find some upgrades, if you haven't already, from the Emblems of Frost Vendors in Dalaran.

Emblems of Frost Gear

Belt of Omission, 60 Emblems
Circle of Ossus, 60 Emblems
Ermine Coronation Robes, 95 Emblems
Gloves of Ambivalence, 60 Emblems
Meteor Chaser's Raiment, 95 Emblems
Maghia's Misguided Quill, 60 Emblems
Volde's Cloak of the Night Sky, 50 Emblems

With the new raid comes a new faction: The Ashen Verdict. This faction is a partnership of the Ebon Blade and the Argent Crusade, and together, they hope to bring the Lich King to justice. That's all well and good, but because this storyline has gotten so out-of-hand ridiculous, I could really care less. Tirion with his silly tournament and Darion with is “boo-hoo, papa, I mees you,” lameness, /scoff. You both are wussy. Saurfang should head The Ashen Verdict. Hell, he should own everything. He's so bad ass, they should just rename the faction as “Where's My Son, You Fucking Assholes.” The WMSYFAs have some really good rewards, but since this list focuses on what a warlock could get without setting foot in a raid, we'll have to ignore the sweet ring you get, Ashen Band of Destruction, which is obtainable at friendly reputation with them. It can be upgradeable, but that's neither here nor there. What our concern will be is the tailoring patterns. At honored and revered, tailors can get patterns that mean tasty epics for us, and more than likely in the next month or so you'll see these gracing the AH for mean prices. If you got the gold to drop, check these out. I'll be listing the patterns, as it shows what is also required to craft the item, if you, my reader, were interested on how to make them.

The Ashen Verdict Reputation Tailoring Patterns
Pattern: Sandals of Consecration
Pattern: Deathfrost Boots

Pattern: Lightweave Leggings
Pattern: Leggings of Woven Death

Now the semi-obsolete filler. This is pulled directly from my old post, Gearing through heroics; of emblems, drops, and reputation for 3.2. Below are all the epics that come from the heroics you're running, reputation rewards from the Northrend factions, Trial of the Champion Normal and Heroic, and all of the Emblem Vendors' items you could want. Remember that Emblems can be downgraded to the lower rank of Emblem. Frost can be traded for Triumph, Triumph can be traded for Conquest, Conquest for Valor, and Valor for Heroism.

Trial of the Champion

Belt of the Churning Blaze
Bindings of the Wicked
Handwraps of Surrendered Hope
Mantle of Inconsolable Fear
Leggings of the Haggard Apprentice
The Confessor's Binding
Signet of Purity
Brilliant Hailstone Amulet

Spectral Kris
Boots of the Crackling Flame
Gaze of the Unknown
Embrace of Madness
Kurisu's Indecision
Sinner's Confession

Heroic Boss Drops

Ahn'kahet: The Old Kingdom - Wand of Ahn'kahet
Azjol-Nerub - Sash of the Servant and Rod of the Fallen Monarch
Culling of Stratholme - Band of Guile
Drak'Tharon Keep - Overlook Handguards
Halls of Lightning - Woven Bracae Leggings
The Nexus - Gloves of Glistening Runes
The Oculus - Cuffs of Winged Levitation
Utgarde Keep - Annhylde's Ring
Utgarde Pinnacle - Girdle of Bane
The Violet Hold - Azure Cloth Bindings

Emblems of Conquest Gear

Evoker's Charm, 19 Emblems
Sash of Potent Incantations, 28 Emblems
Touch of the Occult, 28 Emblems
Legwraps of the Master Conjurer, 39 Emblems
Breastplate of the Wayward Conqueror for Conqueror's Deathbringer Robe, 58 Emblems
Crown of the Wayward Conqueror for Conqueror's Deathbringer Hood, 58 Emblems

Emblems of Valor Gear

Wraps of the Astral Traveler, 60 Emblems
Xintor's Expeditionary Boots, 40 Emblems
Slippers of the Holy Light, 40 Emblems
Band of Channeled Magic, 25 Emblems
Disguise of the Kumiho, 25 Emblems
Legplates of the Lost Conqueror for Valorous Plagueheart Leggings, 75 Emblems
Mantle of the Lost Conqueror for Valorous Plagueheart Shoulderpads, 60 Emblems

Emblems of Heroism Gear

Plush Sash of Guzbah, 40 Emblems
Ward of the Violet Citadel, 25 Emblems
Handbook of Obscure Remedies, 25 Emblems
Encircling Burnished Gold Chains, 25 Emblems
Sundial of the Exiled, 40 Emblems
Chestguard of the Lost Conqueror for Heroes' Plagueheart Robe, 80 Emblems
Gloves of the Lost Conqueror for Heroes' Plagueheart Gloves, 60 Emblems

Reputation Rewards

Exalted with Argent Crusade - Signet of Hopeful Light
Exalted with Kirin Tor - Robes of Crackling Flame
Exalted with Ebon Blade - Belt of Dark Mending
Exalted with Wyrmrest Accord - Sandals of Crimson Fury

That's all of them. Every purple you could want, my warlocky friend, using just the LFG System and running heroics. Hope your runs go well, may you be blessed with quick groups and no douchbags! Have fun out there, and remember, cool guys don't look at explosions.


Cyrus said...

I love the video. haha. excellent blog

Mikatsumi said...

Oath, Maykila got that Quel'whatever, Lens of the whatever with the 600+ spellpower on it. fucker i hate him.

Fernandez said...

It would be nice if you made a list of all the warlock BiS, only using these items.
There's too many items and I'm too lazy.

latusthegoat said...

Nice post, just stumbled across your blog while googling general 3.3 gearing info.

I hate, hate, hate tier10's lack of Spirit, it makes most of the upgrades from the t9.5 (i245) almost futile and an overall loss of dps when combining all glyphs and spells we use.

I'm thinking of using frost emblems for the non-tier upgrades first, seeing as cloaks and good belts are hard to come across (my raids have never ever seen the cloth belt drop from NB in toc25).

ambient said...

I am absolutely going to start calling the Ashen Verdict the WMSYFAs (whim-si-fas?). That is one bad ass acronym! : )

Cyrus said...

Since I improved my lock from Dec 2009, I am really digging this blog a lot. I got some of the piece you mentioned and it gives me an incentive to continue getting more frost emblems to get the chest piece I really desire.

philbad said...

oh i love you :) this gonna help me with my first char in WoW heh <3