Monday, December 12, 2011

Pre-raid and BiS gear for your death knight in 4.3

Well, well, well. Here we are a few weeks into the patch 4.3 and the Dragon Soul. I will say that so far I've really enjoyed this content patch thus far. I'm still on the fence about the quality of the raids but I will say there is no lacking in the quantity department.

In fact, the Darkmoon Faire came and went - I was so busy with my death knight, priest and hunter in the 5 mans, LFR and Dragon Soul that I feel like I missed out my chance to really delve into the faire. From what I could see it looks potentially really really fun - maybe next time it comes to down I'll write up what I think about it.

Today it's all about gear.

There are so many new potential gear sources that it can be overwhelming to say the least. So in order to process the metric butt ton of data in a usable fashion I do what any red blooded OCD individual would do - I made a list. I will preface this by saying my main source of information was Ask Mr. Robot. This site is an extremely helpful location for finding upgrades as well as maximizing what you already have. I have used this in the past and even had them drop by on the blog comments once. When it comes to gear and how to make the most of it, I always get information from Ask Mr. Robot, Elitest Jerks, Wowhead and an addon dubbed Reforgenator. Sometimes one site has more in depth information on a topic than the others. For example EJ breaks down trinkets - which are statistically more difficult to quantify - much better than other sources. Reader you have been warned.

DW Frost Death Knight
4.3 Dragon Soul BiS (non-heroic) Gear

The first is a BiS for a raiding death knight. Now with anything there is a disclosure here. This list is for a DW frost death knight that is not raiding heroic level raids. While I could include T12 heroics (which are easily managed in T13 gear) I have decided to exclude them across the board.

MH / OH:
Soul Drinker - Madness of Deathwing

Relic:
Gutripper Shard - 700 VP

Head:
Necrotic Boneplate Helmet - Warmaster Blackhorn

Neck:
Necklace of Black Dragon's Teeth - 1250 VP

Shoulders:
Necrotic Boneplate Pauldrons - Hagara

Back:
Dreamcrusher Drape - 1250 VP

Chest:
Necrotic Boneplate Breastplate - Ultraxion

Wrist:
Bracers of Destructive Strength - Crafted

Hands:
Grimfist Crushers - 1250 VP

Waist:
Runescriven Demon Collar - Hagara

Legs:
Necrotic Boneplate Greaves - Yor'sahj

Feet:
Treads of Crushed Flesh - Zon'ozz

Rings:
Breathstealer Band - DS World Drop
Curled Twilight Claw - Ultraxion

Trinkets:
Eye of Unmaking - Spine of Deathwing
Bone-Link Fetish - DS World Drop


DW Frost Death Knight
4.3 Pre-Raid Gear

The second list will be pre-raid gear, for someone who just minted a death knight. I will include some items that may be hard or expensive to obtain (for example, crafted items and BoE epics) but they are still the best pre-raid items available. If you are gearing up, just use the list as a guide. You will be ready to raid before you get everything. Also be aware that it also includes some daily and dungeon quests. Remember, gearing is fun!

MH / OH:
Elementium-Edged Scalper - Crated

Relic:
Relic of the Elemental Lords - 700 JP

Head:
Roaring Mask of Bethekk - High Priestess Kilnara

Neck:
Stoneheart Choker - 1250 JP

Shoulders:
Skullpiercer Pauldrons - Daakara

Back:
Mantle of Fury - ?The Vow

Chest:
Elementium Deathplate Breastplate - 2200 JP

Wrist:
Bracers of Destructive Strength - Crafted

Hands:
Elementium Deathplate Gauntlets - 1650 JP

Waist:
Rickety Belt - ?Additional Armaments

Legs:
Unstoppable Destroyer's Legplates - Crafted

Feet:
Treads of the Past - ?Documenting the Timeways

Rings:
Thrall's Gratitude - ?The Twilight Prophet
Serrated Brimstone Signet - 1250 JP

Trinkets:
Darkmoon Card: Hurricane - Crafted
License to Slay - 1650 JP

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