Monday, November 16, 2009

Keep Your Old Gear

Currently we are up to Twins in Trial of the Grand Crusader. I have a feeling we’ll get those two down easier than Faction Champions. After that, it’s time for Anub’arak!
My job will change dramatically. On normal, I tank the big ole bug and Boston (DK) wrangles the Adds. He acknowledged later that I probably should have been on Adds originally, but it’s Normal mode and really didn’t matter.
When we face Anub’arak on Heroic, I’ll be on the Adds.
Why are Paladins and Warriors fantastic Add Tanks on Anub’arak?
The Adds have this lovely little debuff called Expose Weakness which causes you to take more damage (up to 225%!)
Block is a real powerful way to lessen this damage because the multiplication comes AFTER your block reduction. Worldlie on Maintankadin explains it this way:
The adds hit for about 5k unmitigated. Assuming you got 4k block value, this will result in a 1k hit (4k blocked).
Now let's add the debuff: they would be hitting for about 15k unmitigated... however, after block, they will only hit by 3k hit (4k blocked)! You see what I did there? Only the unblocked damage got multiplied. This means you can negate up to 100% damage with blocks, and that's probably the main reason for which you are tanking Adds as well.
He goes on to list out all the block gear you can find. I compared the list to what I have in my bags.
  • Head: Tier 9 232 Helm
  • Neck: Warlord’s Depravity
  • Back: Tattered Castle Drape
  • Shoulder : Sunreavers Defender's Pauldrons
  • Chest: Tier 7 200 Chest
  • Wrist: Binds of Hapless Prey
  • Hands: Teir 8 219
  • Waist: NONE
  • Legs: Tier 9 232
  • Feet: NONE
  • Rings: NONE
  • Trinkets: Coren’s Lucky Coin
  • Libram: Libram of Sacred Shield
  • Shield: Aegis of the Coliseum
  • Weapon: Shiver
I put this gear on last night for the Daily Heroic, although at times I swapped in my old Aldori Legacy Defender so the healer wouldn't get bored. The set works out to about 2700 Block Value. When Libram of Sacred Shield is up, and it should have a 100% up time, that jumps to almost 3200 Block Value. When Coren's procs, I'm approaching 3400 Block Value. I'm not quite up to the 4k Worldlie mentioned in his article, but I'm close. I did have Blessing of Sanctuary for the Strength buff, but I didn't have Kings or Mark or a Strength of Earth Totem. All of those would boost my Block Value. I'll need to fish up some Dragonfin Fillet so I have a nice Strength food buff.
I need to outfit the final gear with Epic gems.
I've already logged out for the night, but I'm thinking I should try my Darkmoon Card: Greatness as part of the set.
Where else could I improve this set? I could use some help with my Cloak, Waist, Feet and Rings.
My options for Cloak would be Cloak of the Iron Council from Ulduar, or Shadow of the Ghoul, a trash drop from Naxxrammus25.
For a belt, I have to hope for a Skadi’s Iron Belt the next time UP is the daily. I’ve let that thing get blown up multiple times. Now that I want it, it probably won’t drop. My other options are Waistguard of the Tutor from Naxx10, or Dragonscale Brace from Razorscale in Ulduar 25.
For a short term set of boots, I’ll pick up the Toxin Tempered Sabatons from Knights of the Ebon Blade. I’d prefer to find a pair of Inexorable Sabatons on the AH. These are a BoE drop from Naxx25. I trolled Trade chat several times last night and didn't even get a nibble. I know, crazy idea, trying to use Trade chat for actual Trade. I really wish the Auction House had a reverse Auction where I could put up a certain amount of gold and then someone could come along with Inexorable Sabatons and 'bid' the Sabatons to 'win' the Auction. Now even better than Inexorable Sabatons would be to grab Greaves of the Stonewarder, but those are only available from Ulduar25.
There are only two rings, Signet of the Earthshaker which drops from XT in Ulduar25 and the Unsmashable Heavy Band which drops in Utgarde Keep. It’s another Blue I’ve let be disenchanted multiple times.
I held onto my Coren’s Lucky Coin from Level 70. I have never once seen Lavanthor's Talisman drop in VH.
I'm really happy I held onto my old gear like the Bindings of Hapless Prey, and the old Tier stuff. I'm also happy I chose to hold onto the old Brewfest stuff like Coren's Lucky Coin. I've got a bank full of gear, but sometimes as a tank you're called on to make a weird set. I still have my Level 70 Defense Trinkets, and my old Figurine of the Colossus.
Now if we wait until IceCrown is out to try Anub’arak, there are some Block Value boots and belt from the Normal 5 man. It doesn't look like Ice Crown is coming out today (November 17th). If we get Twins down this week, I'll need to be ready for Anub'arak.

Having a project like this is really enjoyable. When I saw the daily was Utgarde Keep, I was actually excited because Unsmashable Band drops there, instead of ho-hum Heroic daily. We knocked it out in just about 20 minutes.
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