Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Gearing Your Tankadin from Head to Toe - Helms

Since this is the first in the series, I’d love feedback about the format, and what could be done to make this more helpful. I'd also be interested to see if people generally agree with my rankings or they feel some of these pieces are out of whack from where they should be ranked.

Let’s start at the top with your headpiece.

First, let’s review our intrepid travelers and see what they were wearing when they boarded the boat to Northrend.

Rook – Felsteel Helm
Badger – Faceguard of Determination
Justin – Justicar Helm
Crystal – Crystalforge Helm
Sixpack – Lightbringer Helm
Sunny – Helm of Uther’s Resolve

The list is ordered best to worst, top to bottom, meaning the best items are at the top of the page and they get progressively worse as you go down the page. As you look down the list, you can find each of our team member’s names. Anything listed above their names would be an upgrade for them. Anything below would not. Keep in mind that even though something might not be an overall upgrade for you, you may need to wear a ‘lesser’ item to get to the Crit Cap of 540 defense at level 80.

Valorous Redemption Faceguard – Naxx25 – Kel’Thuzad

Platehelm of the Great Wyrm – Naxx25 - Sapphiron

Helm of Vital Protection – Naxx25 – Gothik the Harvester
Only do 10 mans ----------------------------------------------------------

Heroes' Redemption Faceguard – Naxx10 – Kel’Thuzad

Thane's Tainted Greathelm – Naxx10/Naxx25 – The Four Horsemen
Pre-Raid -----------------------------------------------------------------

Armored Titanium Goggles – Enginnering crafted (requires Engineering)

Arcane-Shielded Helm – The Nexus (H) – Grand Magus Telestra

Ground Tremor Helm – Gundrak (H) - Moorabi

Sunny ----------------------------------------------------------------------

Tempered Titansteel Helm – Blacksmithing crafted BoE - This is your 'failsafe' option unless you are an engineer. Everything above relies on a drop.

Helm of the Ley-Guardian – The Oculus (N/H) - Eregos

Sixpack / Honorshammer ----------------------------------------------------

The Crusader's Resolution – Quest Reward – “The Crusader’s Pinacle” - Icecrown

Crystal -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Greathelm of the Titan Protectorate – Quest Reward – “Reclamation” – Sholazar Basin (This is where you would start finding upgrades if you were wearing the Tankatronics)

Crown of Hyldnir – Quest Reward - Taking on All Challengers – The Storm Peaks

Tempered Saronite Helm – Blacksmithing crafted BoE

Greathelm of the Unyielding Bull – World Drop BoE

Helmet of the Dedicated – Quest Reward – “You Need a Gryphon” – IceCrown

Justin -------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bronzed Dome Protector – Quest Reward – “Dreadsaber Mastery: Ready to Pounce” – Sholazar Basin

Rook and Badger-------------------------------------------------------------


Anonymous said...

Hey quick question about new badge gear, i know off topic, but havent been able to find answer

there is a token you can buy from the vendor in dalaran, i think for 60 badges(or whatever they are called now)

my question is, how does this token chest compare to ther rest of the chest pieces at lvl 80
I am close to having enough to buy but dont know if I should spend it on other stuff

Thrall US server

Honors Code said...

I looked at my rough draft of my Chest post and I didn't see any Badge gear on there. I'll try to check next time I'm in Dalaran.

Anonymous said...

First of all, big thanks for a great blog for tankadins :)

What are your thoughts on [Arcane-Shielded Helm] (drops of Grand Magus Telestra in Nexus HC) compared to the helm you listed [Helm of the Ley-Guardian]?

I have been lucky enough to get both, but I can't switch to [Arcane-Shielded Helm] due to the loss of defense. But I count on getting much over the def cap soon and then putting the 2% increased armor meta gem ([Austere Earthsiege Diamond]) into the helm and hopefully make the switch.

The change would be (including meta gem):
-24 defense rating
-36 hit rating
+14 stamina
+52 dodge rating
+21 strength
+60 armor
+blue gem slot

2ndNin said...

Its the T7.10 chest, and is pretty much top 3 iirc.

But its on something like the 3rd boss of Naxx, so it can be gotten easily so ... the badges being spent depends how good you are at heroics.

Honors Code said...

As long as you can take the defense hit, Arcane Shielded Helm would be the best pre-Raid helm for people who are not engineers.

It's now in the list.

Honors Code said...

T7.10 is only beaten out by a couple of drops in the 25 mans (A chest from Glob, a Chest from Saratharon and T7.25)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for helping

picking it up today than since guild still has yet to go to Naxx at all, got a feeling I'll be using it for a while.


Terence said...

Hey Honor, i'm a huge fan of the blog, and an aspiring tank. quick question, since i do engineering (draenei): do the Hard Khorium Goggles fit into this helmet hierarchy somewhere?