Enhancement in 5.2 - Rewards, Drops and BiS

90 Dwarf Shaman
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Hey Shamans! Thought it would be good to put together a potential gear list, and a BiS list from 5.2, along with discussing our stat priority, and hopefully spark a discussion about talent changes.

First off, the gear we can get the minute 5.2 goes live is the Neutral Neck from Shado Pan Assault (SPA);

Neck:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95143 (Flanker's Battletags)
1250 valor points

Presumabely we will reforge the hit to mastery. (See a previous threat titled "Enhancement shaman + haste 5.2)

Gear pieces available when you hit friendly (possibly only one boss kill, can anyone confirm the validity if this?)

Wrist:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95131 (Powderburn Bracers)
1250 VP
Ring:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95137 (Seal of the Shao-Pan Assault)
1250 VP
Trinket:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94511 (Vicious Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault)
1750 VP

Total VP so far: 5500

Honoured:

Gloves:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95109 (Gauntlets of the Longbow)
Legs:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95127 (Homeguard Leggings)
Cloak:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95116 (Longshot Forestcloak)

Revered:

Chest:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95079 (Carapace of Segmented Scale)
Shoulders:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95095 (Targetblinder Spaulders)

Now, these pieces are worth keeping in mind incase you get unlucky with raid drops and coin rolls (note, the note loot coins are http://ptr.wowhead.com/currency=752#reward-from-q)

The reason i am paying particular attention to reputation gear this patch, is that for the duration of 5.2, we will not be able to upgrade our gear with Valor Points at the Item Upgrade Vendor, so we will need something to spend our VP on.

It is also worth noting, that as of this week, you should not be spending VP on upgrading your items, as a blue post stated "Do not fret, if you have just heard the news about our new rep gear, you will still have time to reach valor cap before the patch goes live" - this suggests that we will keep our valor points, and this will be crucial to getting some quick upgrades.

Throne of Thunder Gear

Due to the way this instance is set out, i will link each piece of gear that will offer us an upgrade, now by this i mean any piece of agility mail or agility gear pieces. Not just the ones with our BiS stats.

For this information, i am using:
http://www.wowhead.com/news=210658/5-2-ptr-throne-of-thunder-loot-tables

Jin'rokh the Breaker

Legs:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94728 (Spearman's Jingling Leggings)
Trinket:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94512 (Renataki's Soul Charm)
Ring:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95510 (Sign of the Bloodied God)
Shoulders:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94725 (Static-Shot Shoulderguards)

Horridon

Chest:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94741 (Sul'lithuz Sandmail)
Neck:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94746 (Talisman of Living Poison)
Cloak:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94748 (Wastewalker's Sandblasted Drape)

Council of Elders

Gloves:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95580 (Gauntlets of the Crackling Protector)
-----> Used to purchase - http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95316 (Grips of the Witch Doctor)
Trinket:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94523 (Bad Juju)
1h Weapon (Axe)
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94759 (Kura-Kura, Kazra'jin's Skullcleaver)
Helmet:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94763 (Gaze of Gara'jal)

Tortos

Boots:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94772 (Quakestompers)
Wrists:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94775 (Beady-Eye Bracers)

Megaera

Gloves:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94790 (Grips of Cinderflesh)
Neck:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94794 (Quadra-Head Brooch)

Ji-Kun

Legs:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95581 (Leggings of the Crackling Protector)
-----> Used to purchase
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95318 (Legguards of the Witch Doctor)
Cloak
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94812 (Pinionfeather Greatcloak)

Durumu the Forgotten

Chest:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94818 (Aberrant Chestguard of Torment)
Belt:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94819 (Links of the Disintegrator)

Primordius

Gloves:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94943 (Synapse-String Handguards)
Trinket:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94522 (Talisman of Bloodlust)
Wrists:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94940 (Bracers of Mutagenic Fervor)

Dark Animus

One Hand Weapon:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94954 (Hand of the Dark Animus)
Ring:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94961 (Gore-Soaked Gear)
Chest:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95579 (Chest of the Crackling Protector)
-----> Used to purchase
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95315 (Cuirass of the Witch Doctor)

Iron Qon

Shoulders:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95583 (Shoulders of the Crackling Protector)
-----> Used to purchase
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95319 (Spaulders of the Witch Doctor)

Twin Consorts

One Hand Weapon (fist weapon)
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94973 (Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts)
Helmet
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95582 (Helm of the Crackling Protector)
-----> Used to purchase
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95317 (Helmet of the Witch Doctor)

Lei Shen

Trinket:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94532 (Rune of Re-Origination)
Legs:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94986 (Conduit-Breaker Chain Leggings)

I shall not include loot from Ra-Den, as he is a heroic only boss, and only killable once you have killed every other boss in heroic mode. This may take some time!!

Below, i shall put together what i see to be our BiS list, with both set bonuses being taken into account.

My assumptions will be based upon the following stat priority:
Hit and Expertise Cap > Agility > Mastery >Crit = Haste

Tier Set Pieces:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/itemset=1169

Best in Slot (BiS) List for Enhancement Shamans, with drops from Throne of Thunder and Reputation Vendors.

Head:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94763 (Gaze of Gara'jal)
OR
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95317 (Helmet of the Witch Doctor)

Neck:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94794 (Quadra-Head Brooch)
This wins for me over both the Talisman of Living Poison (Horridon) and Flanker's Battletags (Reputation) - however you will be replacing Flanker's Battletags.

Shoulders:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95319 (Spaulders of the Witch Doctor)
Extra socket and superior socket bonus

Cloak:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94812 (Pinionfeather Greatcloak)
Only cloak with a socket!

Chest:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95315 (Cuirass of the Witch Doctor)
(3 sockets and additional mastery. If you are building a haste-heavy set due to the amount of haste gear, Sul'lithuz Sandmail is worth considering)

Wrists:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94940 (Bracers of Mutagenic Fervor)
These win out slightly due to the higher mastery, though until we see what the Beady-Eye Bracer random enchant will be, we cannot be certain.

Gloves:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94790 (Grips of Cinderflesh)
Quite a tough decision here, but i would go with the Grips of Cinderflesh, unless you require the Tier Gloves to activate a set bonus.

Waist:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95211 (Abandoned Zandalari Arrowlinks)

Legs:
Tier Legs win here, however you will probably be able to obtain Homeguard Leggings before you get the tier token, so they are a worthy piece.

http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95127 (Homeguard Leggings)
Then
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95318 (Legguards of the Witch Doctor)

Boots:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94772 (Quakestompers - one extra socket)

Ring 1:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95137 (Seal of the Shado-pan Assault, reputation, friendly)

Ring 2:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95510 (Sign of the bloodied god)

Trinket 1:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94523 (Bad Juju)

Trinket 2:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94512 (Renaktis Soul Charm)

Weapons:
I would go with two Kura-Kura, Kazra'kins Skullcleaver, the one hand axe from Council of Elders.
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94759

Or Keeg's Ancient Kegsmasher, however im not certain where this drops.
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=95504

To clarify, other weapons you may choose from are as follows:
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=97126 (Tia-Tia, the Scything Star)
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=94973 (Wu-Lai, Bladed Fan of the Consorts)

In my opinion, that is also the correct priority order for the weapons.

This is due to the mastery bonus given by Kura-Kura and the Kegsmasher.

Hopefully this was useful to the Enhancement Shaman community, i am sure, Blizzard being Blizzard that some of these items may change between now and the launch of 5.2.

If there are any mistakes i have missed, or changes you would make, please let me know and i will alter the list / post accordingly.

Thanks,

Hendale
Edited by Hendale on 15/02/2013 19:28 GMT
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90 Pandaren Shaman
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not sure on weapon slot if you are forgetting Tia-Tia, the Scything Star
http://ptr.wowhead.com/item=97127
As it has both hit / exp I would consider this one to be the best one not to mention the looks of it . Still not told where it drops so I would assume it's a trash drop.
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90 Dwarf Shaman
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No i did consider Tia-Tia; however with the amount hit / exp we will get from reforging less important stats; i am giving mastery high items priority.. You're right on its looks though!
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90 Draenei Shaman
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I expect us to be staying far far away from rune of re-origination a ton of mastery would be nice but without flurry it's a waste.
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90 Dwarf Shaman
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I can just see it proccing in ascendance and giving us a few laughs... What trinket would you replace it with?
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100 Draenei Shaman
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it a nice list but the trinket rune of re-origination is one that we shouldn't be calling bis as it stands now but i would have Renataki's Soul Charm and Bad Juju since they would scale better with the legendary meta gem proc and will be gd for fire elem dmg

Capacitive Primal Diamond – 15.00 base RealPPM on landing melee/ranged abilities and swings. No ICD. At 5 stacks, fires Lightning Strike, which deals [280 + 75% AP] Nature damage. That base proc rate is multiplied by an additional coefficient by spec so are mastery will buff it and it can crit from spell crit chance.
Edited by Ethereais on 15/02/2013 17:33 GMT
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90 Dwarf Shaman
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Yeah, i agree with your logic and maths; list has been updated to show this.
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90 Draenei Shaman
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The capacitive proc is now melee hit and crit so even better, Also a nice bonus for us if it is affected by mastery :)
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90 Dwarf Shaman
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Is bumping your own post like liking your own status on facebook? Awkward.
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90 Draenei Shaman
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Tried out rune of re-origination on the ptr it's highly unpredictable due to flurry and unleash wind procs the majority of the time it's going to stack haste usually it leaves me with 26.00 mastery 18% crit and 141% haste i'll be steering way clear of it.
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90 Dwarf Shaman
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Ah this is great to know! Thanks for testing.
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