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In 3.1, loot was organized very simply. Basically, either it was tier gear or it wasn’t. Then, once you had taken care of tier business, you could fill in the gaps with whatever made most sense, or whatever dropped for you. Tier gear was essential and non-negotiable, simply because of the outrageously good four-piece bonus.

Luckily (IMO), we’re free from that sort of tier-bonus craziness. Take good gear as it comes; no need to pass on good stuff because it would interfere with a tier bonus.

So, following on from my previous post, I’ve organized this loot list around the main secondary stats, haste and crit. The primary stats (stamina, intellect, and spell power) are irrelevant for the moment, as they are assumed to be on each piece of gear, and also to scale with item level. (I.e., in general, a higher iLevel piece will have more spell power.) I’ve ignored spirit altogether.

The list isn’t by any means exhaustive. I’ve included some (just a little) Ulduar gear because it might still be relevant  for you. (There are even a couple of super-secret  special drops from Tier 7…remember Naxx?) Drop locations and item levels are in parentheses; “h” indicates hard mode (Ulduar) or heroic (Trial). Some drops from Lolnyxia aren’t linked yet; I’ll link them as soon as the data appears in Wowhead.

Also: these lists are not rank-ordered. If you’ve read anything I’ve written, you’ll know that I’m seriously opposed to linear lists with numeric assignments. Sure, the 258 version of an item is always better than the 245 version of the same item. But other than that, very few pieces of gear can be recommended in a vacuum. Most of the time, your best choice depends on what other gear you already own and what gear you will have easy access to in the future. Be smart, do your homework, and find your own way. Now, there are clearly smart ways to rank (Enlightenment > Cold Convergence), but if I did all the work for you, would that be any fun?

I’m sure I mixed up some of the Ally/Horde versions of Trial gear. My apologies. Post those and any other corrections in the comments; I’m sure there will be many.

Head | Neck | Shoulders | Back | Chest | Wrist | Hands | Waist | Legs | Feet
Ring | Staff | MH | OH | Wand | Trinket

Head

Crit

Tier 9 (258)
Tier 9 (245)
Tier 9 (232)

Transcendence (Ony25, 245)
Transcendence (Ony10, 232)
Clouded Sight (EoT, 245)
Luminescence (Mim25h, 239)

Haste

(none)

Both

Transcendence (Ony25, 245)
Transcendence (Ony10, 232)
Tier 8 Shadow (226)

Neck

Crit

Binding Elements (Jarax10h, 245)
Binding Elements (Jarax10, 232)

Haste

Meticulous Timing (XT25h, 239)
Renewal (Council25h, 239)

Both

Val’kyr (Twins25h, 258)
Val’kyr (Twins25, 245)

Shoulders

Crit

Tier 9 (258)
Tier 9 (245)
Tier 9 (232)

Haste

Revered Mortality (EoT, 245)

Both

(none)

Back

Crit

Maiden’s Favor (Anub25h, 258)
Maiden’s Favor (Anub25, 245)
Sullen Goddess (Freya25h, 239)
Asimov (Mim25, 232)

Haste

Fervent Crusader (Tribute Chest 10h, 258)
Refreshing Winds (Beasts25h, 258)
Refreshing Winds (Beasts25, 245)
Sunglimmer (Algalon quest 25, 239)

Both

Bitter Incantation (Tribute Chest 10h, 258)
Sapphiron Drape (Ony25, 245)
Sapphiron Drape (Ony10, 232)
Pennant Cloak (Sarth+2d, 226)

Chest

Crit

Tier 9 (258)
Tier 9 (245)
Tier 9 (232)

Moonshroud (Crafted, 245)

Haste

Ascent (Beasts25h, 258)
Ascent (Beasts25, 245)

Both

Merlin (Crafted, 245)
Umbral Brute (Kologarn25, 226)

Wrist

Crit

Moonshroud (Crafted, 245)

Haste

Ashen Saint (Anub25h, 258)
Ashen Saint (Anub25, 245)
Grasps of Reason (XT25h, 239)

Both

Bejeweled (Crafted, 245)

Hands

Crit

(none)

Haste

Tier 9 (258)
Tier 9 (245)
Tier 9 (232)

Both

Lifeless Touch (Anub25h, 258)
Lifeless Touch (Anub25, 245)
Pharos (Algalon25, 239)

Waist

Crit

Eternal (Anub10h, 245)
Eternal (Anub10, 232)
Starwatcher (Algalon25, 239)
White Dawn (Crafted, 226)

Haste

Tenebrous Mist (Beasts25h, 258)
Tenebrous Mist (Beasts25, 245)

Both

(none)

Legs

Crit

Demonic Messenger (Jarax10h, 245)
Demonic Messenger (Jarax10, 232)

Haste

Tier 9 (258)
Tier 9 (245)
Tier 9 (232)

Soothing Touch (Jarax25h, 258)
Soothing Touch (Jarax25, 245)

Both

(none)

Feet

Crit

Grieving Soul (Twins10h, 245)
Grieving Soul (Twins10, 232)
Savior’s (Crafted, 226)

Haste

Mourning Widow (Champions25h, 258)
Mourning Widow (Champions25, 245)
Fiery Resolution (Leviathan25h, 239)
Spellslinger’s (Crafted, 226)

Both

False Oracle (Yogg25h, 239)

Ring

Crit

Lurid Manifestation (Anub25, 258)
Lurid Manifestation (Anub25, 245)
Heartmender Circle (EoT, 245)
Dragonslayer (Ony25 quest, 245)

Haste

Darkmender (Jarax25h, 258)
Darkmender (Jarax25, 245)
Conductive (Mim25h, 239)

Both

Pyrelight (Ignis25, 226)
Manifested Pain (Kel’Thuzad25, 226)

Staff

Crit

Clemency (Tribute chest 25h, 258)
Endless Winter (Hodir25h, 239)
Rapture (Council25, 232)

Haste

Icecore (Hodir10h, 232)
Lifebinder (Freya25, 232)

Both

Enlightenment (Twins10h, 245)
Enlightenment (Twins10, 232)
Cold Convergence (Anub10h, 245)
Cold Convergence (Anub10, 232)

Main Hand

Crit

Argent Resolve (Anub10h, 245)
Argent Resolve (Anub10, 232)
Constellus (Hodir25h, 239)
Fang of the Mystics (Ony25, 245)
Fang of the Mystics (Ony10, 232)

Haste

Guiding Star (Razor25, 232)

Both

Misery’s End (Anub25h, 258)
Misery’s End (Anub25, 245)
Heartcrusher (Tribute Chest 10h, 245)
Silver Disciple (Champions10h, 245)
Silver Disciple (Champions10, 232)
Soulscribe (Yogg25, 232)
Aesuga (Vezax10h, 232)

Off-hand

Crit

Searing Light (Twins25h, 258)
Searing Light (Twins25, 245)

Haste

Ironmender (Kolo25, 226)

Both

(none)

Wand

Crit

Creation (Ignis25, 232)

Haste

(none)

Both

Imprisoned Souls (Beasts10h, 245)
Imprisoned Souls (Beasts10, 232)
Lost Souls (Vezax25, 232)

Trinkets

Here’s all you need to know about trinkets in 3.2.

Solace (Jarax25h, 258)
Solace (Jarax25, 245)
Talisman of Resurgence (EoT, 245)

There are lots of great trinkets from Ulduar. If you don’t already have Broodmother (super-power) and Spark of Hope (super-longevity), it’s well worth doing a run or two of Ulduar 10 for those beauties. The others are generally replaceable by the newer trinkets (primarily Solace).

Show of Faith (Yogg25h, 239)
Meteorite Crystal (Algalon10, 226)
Pandora’s Plea (Mim25, 226)
Scale of Fates (Thorim25, 226)
Sif’s Remembrance (Thorim10h, 226)
Eye of the Broodmother (Razor10, 219)
Spark of Hope (Kolo10, 219)

(And yes I left Energy Siphon and Binding Light off the list intentionally. It’s my list, I can do what I want!)

(11) Comments

  1. 9/24/2009 3:37 PM Mathew

    Awesome list dude, very helpful.

    You made one error though, on the Tier 9 Shoulders...the link provided for the iLevel 232 shoulders is actually for the 258. Here's the right link:

    http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47981

    Seriously though, amazingly detailed. Good work.

     
    9/24/2009 3:41 PM Nymarie

    This is an extremely well thought out list. I've always been an advocate of each player playing his or her own way so this list is definitely something I think anybody can use.

     
    9/24/2009 4:49 PM Paolo

    @Mathew: Thanks for the tip...it's fixed. I also filled in the links to the items from Ony25 which are now in the Wowhead database.

     
    9/25/2009 7:08 AM jedimax

    Awesome. It's so usefull, i cant believe it ...

    This helps me a lot, because it also is related to your post "A Graduate-Level Review of Disciplinary Statistics" because i can now really set my own goals with equipment.

    thanks,
    jedimax

     
    10/02/2009 10:59 AM D.R. Eisenbarth

    I like lists.. especially ones that realize that you have to take into account current gear etc. I just wish so many of the lists weren't so elite... or maybe I wish I was raiding.. not sure which. Oh well... I have to remember the serenity prayer.. Thrall give me the strength to upgrade the pieces I can and be content with those that are not available in the content I run.

     
    10/02/2009 10:16 PM Dichotomi

    Thanks for the list! On my server there seems to be a debate amongst disc priests over (of all things) Binding Light... I have it sitting in my bank which is where it will remain... I am currently running with the Eye and Solace 245 and can't imagine equipping anything else for long term results.
    Just a side note here.. I was terrified of giving up my 4 piece tier 8.5, that set bonus was a gift from god... however I recently got my tier 9 4 piece bonus and the damage mitigation rocks!

     
    10/02/2009 10:18 PM Dichotomi

    Side note I forgot to mention... Cinch of the Undying is also viable for disc as well.

     
    10/02/2009 11:20 PM Paolo

    @Dichotomi - That belt is listed as "Eternal" in my list. Ally/Horde confusion. Binding Light is excellent for sharding IMO. And I totally agree with your trinket selection...I'm using those 2 myself! And I'm running without any tier bonuses at all atm...and probably won't for the forseeable future. I would certainly like the T9 2pc, but not if it means taking an inferior helm. (I don't expect to get a 245+ tier helm, and the 232 is definitely not going to do it for me...my T8 shadow is way better.)

     
    10/04/2009 1:17 PM Jan

    i think you forgot to mention those trinkets from onyxia, or... anybody knows the effectivity etc. ?

     
    10/08/2009 10:41 AM Nymarie

    I have Eye of the Broodmother and Scale of Fates. Is it worth it to get Solace even if I don't have mana problems? (Even on ToGC25 I do fine on mana, blowing all my CDs of course)

     
    12/15/2009 5:29 PM Nik-W

    As a new disc priest, I'm busy running as many randoms now as I can to gear up to T9/Triumph stuff. I can only dream of getting the sort of gear on this list, though, as with only 13% horde on my server, there's almost no chance of running any 25-man raids (due to lack of numbers and guilds refusing to work together) and no-one being good enough yet to run things like ulduar10/toc10 all the way through!

     

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