Here is my ideal gear for my druid. I haven’t included any hard mode drops, since we’re a while away from having access to them, but obviously would prefer those to the normal ones. I know most druids are freaking out about reaching haste cap at the moment, but for the most part, I’m still a spell power nut. I’m sitting at 653 haste at the moment, with 0 points in Celestial Focus, and I’m liking where my healing is. I’m not finding the couple tenths of a second increased GCD an issue at all.
I’m thinking that I will hang on to my 4 pieces of T9 for a while. I’m really liking crit rejuv ticks combined with the Rapid Rejuv glyph, so I’m going to need to see a significant spell power increase before I start replacing the tier slots. The tier 10 bonuses, although the clarification that the 4 piece won’t make rejuvs jump like a PoM was nice, are still completely underwhelming and I include T10 pieces in this list only because they win on the spell power front.
So, here’s my list:
Weapon – Dying Light (Blood Queen Lana’thel 25). Lots of spell power and a nice chuck of haste. The stam on this staff is also huge, and although not a priority, some extra survivability never hurts.
Neck – Bone Sentinel’s Amulet (Marrowgar 25)
Shoulders – Sanctified Lasherweave Pauldrons (Frost Emblems)
Cloak – Greatcloak of the Tuned Champion (Deathbringer Saurfang 25). This is a very minor upgrade over the cloak I currently have. I’ll probably let the rest of my raid get this first, but I’d like to pick this up eventually.
Chest – Vestments of Spruce and Fir (Frost Emblems). The only piece of emblem gear that I was actually excited about. Direct upgrade over the piece from TotC, and my first emblem purchase.
Bracers – Bracers of Eternal Dreaming (Valithria Dreamwalker 25)
Gloves – Sanctified Lasherweave Guantlets (Frost Emblems)
Belt – Professer’s Bloodied Smock (Professor Putricide 25)
Pants – Sancified Lasherweave Legplates (Frost Emblems)
Boots – Boots of Unnatural Growth (Gunship Battle 25). Picked these up the other day. Direct upgrade over my boots from TotGC.
Ring 1 – Memory of Malygos (Sindragosa 25) Not much choice for spirit rings in ICC.
Ring 2 – Ashen Band of Unmatched Wisdom (Quest) I normally don’t like mp5, but the proc is hard to beat.
Trinket 1 – Solace of the Deafeated (heroic Jaraxxus 25). I don’t think I’ll be giving this up at all. With this, I can’t burn through my whole mana bar no matter how hard I try.
Trinket 2 – Althor’s Abacus (Gunship Battle 25). Gunship Battle has been good to me. I picked this up my first week in ICC. It usually accounts for about 4% of my healing over a raid night, and the overheal isn’t bad.
Idol – Idol of the Black Willow (Frost Emblems)
As far as Frost Emblem purchases go, my priority will be:
Vestments of Spruce and Fir – Already bought and paid for.
Idol of the Black Willow – Although it’s not a terribly impressive piece, 22 spell power is better than nothing, and I won’t be using any Emblems on Tier pieces until I get a token for the upgrades. Once I start getting tokens, the order of purchases will probably go like this:
Legs, Shoulders, Gloves, Helm
I have to complain about the looks of T10 for just a minute. I can’t help it. Despite the big spell power and haste increase I saw when I replaced my TotC chest with the new Emblem one, I couldnt help but be a little disappointed at how ugly it was. The previous tiers all had nice colours and fine detail. This new set looks like a big, blurry mess.