I've reached the point of my raiding career that I realize that I have to start picking and choosing the upgrades I go for. Everything is on a DKP basis now. I need to save my DKP for the things I really need and not use it on things I really don't.
What follows will be a slot by slot analysis of my current gear and the upgrades available to me from the Bosses we are killing. Then I will make a list of the stuff I should spend my hard earned DKP on.
Head: Tankatronic Goggles
Available: Hard Khorium Goggles (Engy) Crystalforged Faceguard (Vashj), Faceplate of the Endless Watch (Doomwalker), Battleworn Tuskguard (ZA)
Comment: Tankatronics should last me until I can get the recipie for Hard Khorium so I don't plan on spending much DKP on the T5 helm which I'm sure will go for max bids.
Neck: Barbed Choker of Discipline
Available: The Darkener's Grasp (Kael), Frayed Tether of the Drowned (Fathom Lord)
Comment: Both of these options are nice. We will only kill Kael a couple of times, if ever, so I will really need to save up my DKP for the neck.
Shoulders: Justicar Shoulderguards
Available: Crystalforge Shoulderguards (VR) Pauldrons of Stone Resolve (ZA)
Comment: Both would be nice, but Stone Resolve wouldn't cost me anything.
Cloak: Slikk's Cloak of Placation
Available: Pheonix Wing
Comment: I dig the Hit on Pheonix Wing, but it's not going to be a high priority.
Wrist: Bracers of the Ancient Phalanx
Available: Wristguards of Determination (VR)
Comment: I like the Wrirstuguards but again, I can't see spending much DKP on them.
Gloves: Iron Guantlets of the Maiden / Justicar Handguards
Available: Crystalforge Handguards (Leo), Royal Guantlets of Silvermoon (Kael)
Comment: Just like the necks, both of these are amazing upgrades.
Waist: Girdle of the Protector
Available: Belt of the Guardian (BoE Crafted)
Comment: All I need is for the pattern to drop and get the Vortexes for my favorite Blacksmith.
Legs: Unwavering Legguards
Available: Inscribed Legplates of the Aldor (100 Badges), Crystalforge Legguards (Fathom Lord)
Comment: Badge ones are better than the Teir 5, so hopefully the other tanks blow some major DKP on their T5 legs.
Feet: Sabatons of the Righteous Defender
Available: Solarian's boots
Comment: Not a real big need as Righteous Defender server me well.
Ring: Ring of Sundered Souls / Seventh Ring of Tirisfalen
Available: Ring of the Stalwart Defender (60 Badges)
Comment: Just takes Badges, so I'm set here.
Main Hand: Amani Punisher
Avaiable: Fang of the Levithan (Leo)
Comment: Punisher is good enough, I'll leave this for my mages and Warlocks.
Shield: Merciless Gladiator's Shield Wall
Avaialble: Aldori Legacy Defender, Bulwark of the Amani Empire
Comment: Really could use either one of these shields.
Trinkets: Darkmoon Card Vengenance, Moroe's Lucky Pocketwatch
Available: Battlemaster's Audacity (30k Honor), Commendation of Kae'thas (Heroic Magister's Terrace)
Royal Guantlets of Silvermoon (Hands - Kael'thalas)
Darkener's Grasp (Neck - Kael'thalas)
Crystalforge Handguards (Hands - Leotheras)
Frayed Tether of the Drowned (Neck - Fathom Lord)
Crystalforge Shoulderguards (Shoudler - VR)
Aldori Legacy Defender (Shield - Gruul)
Low bid targets:
Phoenix Wing Cloak (Back - Al'lar)
Wristguards of Determination (Wrist - VR)
So this is good. I can stockpile for DKP for a Neck, T5 Shoulder and Gloves and Gruul's shield. Meanwhile ZA provides a couple of upgrades.
Did I miss anything obvious?