View Full Version : Druid Boomkin and the serious lack of hit around...

06-10-2010, 07:50 PM
I've just gotten my balance druid to 80. I've got both 264 crafted leather items and I'm now steadily trying to get all my 232's and 245's from emblems with a few lower iLvL pieces here and there. My problem is that there seems to be a serious lack of hit rating on leather gear, looking at TotC 10 for example there are only 3 pieces of leather gear and none have hit! Am I expected to equip some cloth gear? Because everyone I party with says "you are druid lol you are to wear leather because you are not a mage silly lol derp derp derp" :(

I'd much appreciate some advice on where to go so I can get into ICC asap. Thanks in advance!

06-11-2010, 01:30 AM
Yes, a lot of Boomies run around with cloth. Armor value matters little because you won't be getting hit much.

I know nothing about Boomkin itemization (except that crit has a much higher value for you than for pretty much any other caster), so I can't give any more specific advice.

A lot of casters really get it in the pants with the new D/E system. A nice cloth piece drops for you, PERFECTLY itemized, just the piece you need... oh wait, you're a Druid/Shammy/Pally and you can't roll on it so it gets sharded.

Stupid Blizz.

06-11-2010, 02:50 AM
You can always use that triumph badge trinket while you're still underhit.. it's not the best one around but it helps. It's really a bit hard to reach the hit cap if you're not raid geared yet. There's no problem with grabbing a bit of cloth around too, although alot of people will tell you shit about not getting cloth cause you're a druid lol.

06-11-2010, 08:11 AM
For a balance druid...

Almost no piece of offset leather gear will have hit on it, this is a given (in fact below I show you the two non-Druid only items that actually have hit). This is one of the reasons at all points of progression using your set pieces are almost always best in slot.

Where do you get hit rating as a balance druid...

Each teir set will typically have two pieces with Hit rating on it. While you can get cloth pieces for your offset positions (boots, belt, and bracer) to get hit rating, it is better to find hit rating on typeless pieces (cloaks, trinkets, rings, neck, weapon, and off hand).
http://www.wowhead.com/items=4.2?filter=minrl=80;maxrl=80;ub=7;cr=123:119 ;crs=1:1;crv=0:0;gb=0
There is every level 80 leather item that has hit and spellpower. There are a total of two items that don't explicitly have the "Druid" tag (this search has "Usable by Shaman" to remove all Druid only items). The only other lether items are druid specific items that are either balance set pieces or PvP pieces.

So where do you get your hit?
Right here mostly. Rings, Neck, Off-Hand and Cloak:
http://www.wowhead.com/items=4?filter=sl=16:11:23:2:12;minrl=80;maxrl=80; cr=123:119;crs=1:1;crv=0:0;gb=0
Or with Weapons:
http://www.wowhead.com/items=2?filter=minrl=80;maxrl=80;ub=11;cr=123:119; crs=1:1;crv=0:0;gb=0
Or Trinkets (can't filter out melee ones so you'd have to browse the list specifically):
http://www.wowhead.com/items=4?filter=sl=12;minrl=80;maxrl=80;cr=119;crs= 1;crv=0;gb=0

I have run high on hit rating since the end of tier 7 and have never worn a piece of cloth at level 80. I actually continue to run with elevated hit rating in order to spec into Gale Winds. There isn't a shortage of pieces with Hit, you just have to prioritize the correct slots. You can wear cloth. But if you open your eyes wide enough there is plenty of hit rating out there.

Oh yeah, and replace that bad spirit staff with one that makes sense.

You should have picked this up from the Zul'drak Arena event, oddly enough, that has Hit and is one of the best starting weapons for a fresh 80.