View Full Version : Questions about gear upgrades(?)

10-01-2009, 10:12 AM
Hi Everyone, I have questions regarding 2 pieces of gear that I have vs. what I picked up. The questions are regarding gloves and belt.

Currently I have Valorous Dreadnaught Handguards (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40545) with a +24 sta gem and an Armsman enchant. I recently picked up Mercy's Hold (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47212). Suggestions on which is the "better" item?

Next is my belt. I currently have Waistguard of Living Iron (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40689) with a +24 Sta and a +8def/12sta gem to make the socket bonus. How does that compare to Girdle of the Pallid Knight (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47227) with 2 +30 sta gems (obviously 1 via a buckle).

Any other suggestions on my gear? I know my chest is lacking the +10 stats chant (waiting for my pocket chanter to do it for free) and I have a lot of +24sta gems vs +30 but I'm waiting on some gear upgrades before I drop the gold on those gems.

Thanks a ton!

10-01-2009, 10:50 AM
Overall the Valorous gloves and Mercy hold are about equal. The valorous are going to be better for threat and the dodge will make the mercy's hold better for an avoidance set but you'll need to be careful about your defense as you are closed to the minimum. You'll also loose the set bonus if you drop the valor gloves.

The belts aren't alot different either although the Girdle of the Pallid Knight will help you a little with your hit rating.

As for other gear - your biggest upgrade is going to be that boom box. see if you can get one of the brewfest trinkets at the least.

Forgo the +10 stats for defense on your chest. Change the shield spike on your wall o' terror to defense.

10-01-2009, 11:16 AM
I said 10 stats and I meant +22 def, my bad! Yeah, I have a few other trinkets and my def is very low but that's because I've been playing around in Heroics. I have a lot of gear that I can swap around and I usually sit around 450def. I should log out in better gear next time, oops!

I like the shield spike for the single target threat and I don't see putting defense on my shield as much of a threat booster. I feel I struggle with threat when I get some power-DPS with me, so I've been trying to keep that as high as possible. I'm actually considering swapping out one of my glyphs for the Glyph of Vig.

Thanks for the advice on the gloves/belt. I was thinking of keeping the belt more for an EH belt (since it has higher base Stam and I can socket it with 2 +30 gems). What would you suggest as an upgrade for my gloves then, just try for the T8? I heard the MH and T8 were pretty equal too. However, if I pick up the T8 gloves I can swap the T7 set bonus for the T8 set bonus.

10-01-2009, 11:51 AM
The T8 mittens would be a solid upgrade for you, but they would need some ulduar or luck on voa. You can also get the t9 gloves for a paltry 30 conq badges. That's like 2 toc10 runs or 15 daily heroes. If you're feeling short on triumph badges, you can pick up Gauntlets of the Royal Watch for 28 conq badges - they would be a solid upgrade for you and give you some much-needed hit.

Defense for your shield isn't meant to boost your threat just survivability and give you greater latittude in gearing without worrying about dropping below the defense floor. You should be fine on single target threat without the spike and if you get your defense up enough, you can consider running with a dedicated threat trinket. If you're running into problems with single target aggro, you probably need to HS more.