I have been waiting in dread to see the alliance druid t9 gear but I will admit I’ve been pleasantly surprised! The female Night Elf looks pretty good in the full T9 set, I’m even OK with the beaky bird helm, and I’m quite excited about collecting it. Thank you MMO Champion for posting this!
So Who Is Malfurion?
While I have been getting into WoW lore of late, I doubled checked on WoWwiki for a quick bio:
“Malfurion Stormrage is the greatest archdruid to ever live, and one of the most powerful mortals in the Warcraft universe. He is the twin brother of Illidan Stormrage, and the beloved of Tyrande Whisperwind. Malfurion started the practice of druidism among the night elves under the tutelage of the demigod Cenarius. Following the conclusion of the War of the Ancients, he became the Archdruid of the night elves.”
So basically Malfurion is one cool dude, and I’m pretty excited that I’ll soon get to wear his garb.
While the actually stats for each item is yet to be data mined. The Set Bonuses have been revealed and for resto druids this is what we get to work with:
(2) Set: Increases the critical strike chance of your Nourish spell by 5%.
(4) Set: Your Rejuvenation ability now has a chance for its healing to be critical strikes.
Meh…. I just don’t particularly like Nourish if I’m honest with you. I know spells like Nourish are all that other healers have (I’m looking at you Mr Pally!), but it seems a waste to me casting a spell that renders me useless for a couple of seconds…. and then that’s it! There is no residual HoT to keep ticking along on that player for the next few seconds, its just mana down the tube. In the time I cast Nourish I could probably get off a couple of Rejuvenations and a Wild Growth… so much more useful IMO.
Now I do love a good Rejuv spam while I’m raid healing, so I guess the jury is out until I see how much these crit for.
Tier 8 vs Tier 9
I absolutely love my Tier 8 gear and can promise you even when it gets replaced, it will still be cherished in my bank coffers. Will this new set be worth giving up the current Tier 8 4 Piece? I just can’t see it being better but I’ll wait to see what the theorycrafters come up with before completely dismissing this.
Update – 04/08/2009
I’ve been doing some further research on this gear with all the rumors that the patch is being released tonight. There are 3 versions of the Tier 9 gear:
Conqueror’s Malfurion’s Garb: Item Level 232, Found in 10 Man Raid
Triumphant Malfurion’s Garb: Item Level 245, Found in 10 Man Heroic/25 Man
Totally Triumphant Malfurion’s Garb: Item Level 258, Found in 25 Man Heroic
Triumphant Malfurion’s Garb Stats
Wearing the full set of Tier 9 from the 25 man version of the raid will give you the following stats:
Critical strike rating: 223
Haste rating: 149
Spell power: 629
Sockets: 1 x Meta 3 x Red 1 x Yellow 3 x Blue