Failsafe gearing guide, 4.3

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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Tue Feb 15, 2011 3:32 pm

econ21 wrote:It might be worth adding an AH "watch list" for BoE epics:

[Don Rodrigo's Fabulous Necklace] : BoE Dungeon Drop
[Heaving Plates of Protection] : The Bastion of Twilight (Normal) BoE Raid Drop
[Pauldrons of Edward the Odd] : BoE World Drop
[Icebone Hauberk] : BoE Dungeon Drop
[Soul Blade]
[Blockade's Lost Shield] : BoE

They won't come cheap, but I think a failsafe guide is particularly useful for people - perhaps like ourselves - who struggle to get raid drops and may be willing and able to fork out where possible to compensate. I list them because, with the exception of the hauberk, they are very nice items that you won't want to replace in a hurry.


I would have added them long ago hadn't it been for my experience of a low pop server. It took until today until I could lay my hands on the Soul Blade. Party due to gold-constraints, but mostly because today was the second time I even SAW one on the AH. I have yet to see the necklace or shield. I bought the only copy of Heaving plates I've ever seen, and I bought the only copy of Edwards I've seen for a guildie. I got the Hauberk cheap for my threat and interrupt set (two different sets, and I guess I COULD build the crafted chest for better threat, but the Hauberk is less bad for a tank than the crafted due to two yellow sockets). Once again that hauberk was the sole copy I've ever seen. Thus 'failsafe' doesn't really ring true.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:19 am

Updated to take the new gemslot for the crafted shield into consideration.

I'll see if 4.1 comes with any other changes as far as the failsafe list goes. The quests I've completed in the new heroics haven't yielded anything worth adding, but I haven't done them all.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby Archeth » Sun May 01, 2011 2:32 pm

In the new ZG/ZA we have a few BoE drops which might be worth adding, especially since some of them can go for very little due to being items for which there are exalted rep alternatives or just not a lot of demand:
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69801 - baby version of the Ramkahen bracers, but with more strength
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69800 - dodge/parry cloak, on our high population server there's a shitton up for 600-700g each, possibly an option for someone who wants to focus on grinding other reps than Hyjal first I guess
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69802 - hit/expertise ring, obviously not an optimal tank piece but it might be worth a look for some aspiring tanks
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69803 - hit/haste mace, not great but on some realms they go for as little as 500g
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Wed May 04, 2011 3:26 am

Archeth wrote:In the new ZG/ZA we have a few BoE drops which might be worth adding, especially since some of them can go for very little due to being items for which there are exalted rep alternatives or just not a lot of demand:
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69801 - baby version of the Ramkahen bracers, but with more strength
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69800 - dodge/parry cloak, on our high population server there's a shitton up for 600-700g each, possibly an option for someone who wants to focus on grinding other reps than Hyjal first I guess
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69802 - hit/expertise ring, obviously not an optimal tank piece but it might be worth a look for some aspiring tanks
http://www.wowhead.com/item=69803 - hit/haste mace, not great but on some realms they go for as little as 500g


Thanks.

I'll probably add a BoE -section as I'm seeing the AH getting swamped with the items.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Wed May 11, 2011 1:51 pm

Updated.

Fixing some errors and added a short section on gearing for farm-content.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby dirtypally » Fri May 20, 2011 12:20 pm

I am in mixed cata epics and blues, i see tons of tanks rolling with 180k health all the time but i can't really see their mitigation levels. My mitigation is at 73% with only 132k unbuffed, is that ok to start raiding. I have been to ZG/A and got most of the stuff.

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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby lythac » Fri May 20, 2011 1:04 pm

dirtypally wrote:I am in mixed cata epics and blues, i see tons of tanks rolling with 180k health all the time but i can't really see their mitigation levels. My mitigation is at 73% with only 132k unbuffed, is that ok to start raiding. I have been to ZG/A and got most of the stuff.

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You're fine for raiding but there are quite a few things you should sort before raiding.

Missing 3 enchants, your other enchants are a very low quality, a few pieces can be reforged for more mastery, missing 4 glyphs and some of the ones you are using are not great (Exorcism).

Sorting your enchants will net you 7k hp unbuffed.

Also your CTC is 78.47 - you get 5% miss as well.
Raid buffed you have 81.46 CTC.
Raid buffed, reforged and enchanted you have 87% CTC.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby dirtypally » Sat May 21, 2011 7:14 am

thx for the look, i am going shopping for some faction gear that i need to get and gem them properly, the exo is just for fun glyph, i know if i really tweeked her i could be higher. I'll do that when i get on next and see what happens, thx again for the look and advice.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Sat May 21, 2011 1:00 pm

After quite some thinking I've decided against adding a drop based BoE section.

While the AH is well stocked on cheap 353 BoE, they're still not failsafe.

BoE drops will have to end up in another guide. This one is for those who are not merely paranoid -- they're actually correct about RNG deliberately targetting them.

So I'll stick to my list of what's guaranteed to be available for you. Horribly expensive in some cases, but guaranteed.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby dirtypally » Tue May 24, 2011 7:18 am

dirtypally wrote:thx for the look, i am going shopping for some faction gear that i need to get and gem them properly, the exo is just for fun glyph, i know if i really tweeked her i could be higher. I'll do that when i get on next and see what happens, thx again for the look and advice.


Did some more tweeking. Got the tanking legs from Wildhammer, gemmed and put them on. I couldn't find windwalker enchant in AH or didn't feel like 3k for the other expensive one for some other peice of gear enchant, couldn't remember what the enchant was. But i got 5 other enchants and redid my glyphs, but I'm gonna miss my exo :cry: it's always fun pulling a demon boss with a guaranteed crit and a dot.

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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Wed May 25, 2011 4:07 am

Warning:

Agility gear will probably become useless for tanking come patch 4.2.

My gearing list stays as it is until things go live, but be careful with the more expensive agility-orientated items you find in it.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Sat Jun 11, 2011 7:02 pm

Come 4.2 I'll change the disposition of the gearing guide slightly, and move a bit in the direction of Digren's guide.

The reason is that we'll have two types of non-RNG gearing tankadins.

The green tank who recently dinged 85 and thus can't get inside a five-man heroic and even less a raid.
The hc-farmer and casual raiding tank.

Given that it's mid June and I'm sitting with a grand total of one raid-drop we can assume RNG could posit a problem even for someone who do indeed get to raid.

However, those are two distinctly different stages, and while I won't follow Digren's definition of stages I'll split gear into what can be had without setting foot in an instance, and what requires JP/VP/funny reputation gained from killing crap in instances. That way I won't feel bad when I argue that a 2200 VP raiding piece is indeed a failsafe item.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide

Postby yappo » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:32 am

I have obsoleted the entire guide as 4.2 is being released and this guide is not yet updated. An updated version is in production.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby yappo » Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:28 pm

And the guide should be current again. Please yell at me if you find glaring mistakes.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby Fetzie » Thu Jun 30, 2011 6:21 pm

What is your opinion of http://www.wowhead.com/item=70992 and its heroic counterpart http://www.wowhead.com/item=71415.

I know the agility is useless (except for a bit of crit chance), but stick two 40 mastery gems in there and you have a normal mode cloak with 175 mastery rating and a heroic mode cloak with 193 mastery rating (reforge the hit to avoidance).
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby Treck » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:33 am

Dont forget that any other cloak would give about 200+ str, thats about as much avoidance as the hit conversion would give.
But sure, its a lot of mastery with 2 sockets.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby yappo » Fri Jul 01, 2011 12:44 am

Pyrea wrote:What is your opinion of http://www.wowhead.com/item=70992 and its heroic counterpart http://www.wowhead.com/item=71415.

I know the agility is useless (except for a bit of crit chance), but stick two 40 mastery gems in there and you have a normal mode cloak with 175 mastery rating and a heroic mode cloak with 193 mastery rating (reforge the hit to avoidance).


To start with I don't think it's failsafe. Drops from some Ryl guy?

The normal mode cloak is possibly a sidegrade to the 365 quest cloak for survival. The 40 inherent difference in mastery give the agility cloak a disadvantage of one gemslot. The remaining 40 mastery should be matched against 134 dodge rating and 54 parry rating, minus 56 avoidance from reforging the hit-rating (can't reforge into mastery).

It's a marginal gain in CTC, 41 mastery versus 130 avodance. MDR should be about similar due to higher armour in the 378 piece, and the agility cloak wins on EH with the extra stamina. That it's a loss in threat goes without saying, but we shouldn't need threat.

Overall the 378 agi cloak is a minor upgrade to the 365 tanking cloak, and the 391 obviously is a distinct upgrade.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby yappo » Wed Jul 06, 2011 3:31 pm

I finally caved in and added the PvP helmets.

Comparing with Digren's list the 371 helmet qualifies as a lack-luster 359 proper tanking helmet, but not an outright bad one. The 384 one joins the club as a slightly worse Firelands normal mode tanking helmet comparision. For the failsafe tank the helmets come as a godsend, even though I'm personally slightly unhappy to see PvP gear rank that high for a tank.

Keeping me happy, however, isn't what this gear guide is about. Those helmets are simply too good not to be mentioned.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby econ21 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 12:25 am

That's a very comprehensive updating, Yappo, thanks!

There is a mastery/strength on use trinket (Essence of the Eternal Flame) from the Avenger's of Hjyal Revered. Two or three trash runs would remove the need for a second Tol Barad trinket.

Have you looked at the S10 lower tier shield and weapons? The high item level on the weapon might make it good for threat/farming 5 mans. If we were in wotlk, the shield might be good for effective health but no one talks about that anymore. I know you need to earn a certain amount of honor per season to get them, but a failsafe tank might do that sort of thing. (I'll probably grind out a full PvP set eventually.) Personally, I'm more interested in the lower tier PvP items than the conquest ones - I don't do arenas, but am going to be converting excess JPs into HPs.

The report item levels for the top three legs are typos (they are not 346).
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby yappo » Thu Jul 07, 2011 1:18 am

econ21 wrote:That's a very comprehensive updating, Yappo, thanks!

There is a mastery/strength on use trinket (Essence of the Eternal Flame) from the Avenger's of Hjyal Revered. Two or three trash runs would remove the need for a second Tol Barad trinket.

Have you looked at the S10 lower tier shield and weapons? The high item level on the weapon might make it good for threat/farming 5 mans. If we were in wotlk, the shield might be good for effective health but no one talks about that anymore. I know you need to earn a certain amount of honor per season to get them, but a failsafe tank might do that sort of thing. (I'll probably grind out a full PvP set eventually.) Personally, I'm more interested in the lower tier PvP items than the conquest ones - I don't do arenas, but am going to be converting excess JPs into HPs.

The report item levels for the top three legs are typos (they are not 346).


Fixed the legs. Thanks for catching that!

And about the trinks, yeah, I think I'll add two of them. The on-strength is kind of a no-brainer as it's a direct upgrade to the TB one. The agility on-use is a bit more iffy, but it does come with higher static mastery.

I'll skip on the Honor shield, because it's still 359 and just can't compete with the crafted one. I'll have a look at the Conquest one though. I'll also take a very close look at the weapons again.

I don't really agree that people don't talk about EH any longer. We just don't use that word :D While stamina doesn't receive much in the way of recognition, I still believe we're supposed to just know, by means of mind-reading, that armour has a place. I haven't seen the current numbers, but anything between 5 - 10 armour per point of mastery sounds reasonable. The wide range depending on how you value the new on-use effect of Holy Shield.

Anyway, somewhere down the line we'll have to decide if we're going to shop proper tanking items for Valor or the best tanking items. I'm aware that shields and weapons require us to amass a big chunk of Conquest, but look at it this way: You pick up the cloak and the helmet. Now you 'only' have to pad out some 4k CP on 'crap' PvP gear before you can start collecting for the weapon. I don't know if the shield can be bought before the 11650 CP (ie if it could be shopped in the 'crap' interval). The overhead is still 'only' four weeks, even if you collect zero CP the 'natural' way.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby econ21 » Thu Jul 07, 2011 2:29 am

Ah, the honor weapons and shields are 359. I missed that - I'd assumed they were 371 or something. Yes, forget them then.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby Digren » Thu Jul 07, 2011 9:00 pm

Very easy to follow your guide, which is what I've always liked about it. You do have a typo in the Vicious Gladiator's helm name. (I keep thinking it says Viscous, which is pretty amusing for some reason. =p Blizzard should give us a Sticky Helm of Goo with appropriate graphic.)

While leaving out profession gear is reasonable, I think it could help those who have a profession to see where they can benefit from it. For example, the "problematic" head slot is solved for engineers, provided they know where that helm falls in the comparison. And alchemists and jewelcrafters have better trinket options (though maybe the JC trinkets aren't failsafe? I'm not sure how those drops work).
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby yappo » Fri Jul 08, 2011 1:09 am

I've added trinkets and the 378 PvP weapon. PvP shields will have to stay out unless you convince me that the extra stamina and armour is worth it.

Thanks for catching the typo, Digren ;)

I'll look at the profession self-only alternatives.
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby Archeth » Sun Jul 10, 2011 7:27 pm

Digren wrote:While leaving out profession gear is reasonable, I think it could help those who have a profession to see where they can benefit from it. For example, the "problematic" head slot is solved for engineers, provided they know where that helm falls in the comparison. And alchemists and jewelcrafters have better trinket options (though maybe the JC trinkets aren't failsafe? I'm not sure how those drops work).

Following the wowhead comments, I got all my paladin's JC trinket quest items within about an hour. How fast you get them is RNG but I'd still consider them failsafe because you can farm the quest items solo, for days (which won't be necessary).
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Re: Failsafe gearing guide, 4.2

Postby Khami » Mon Jul 11, 2011 12:49 pm

I see you have listed the PvP Helmet, Back, and a few other items, but not the waist item.

What do you think of that one?
http://www.wowhead.com/item=70326
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