HoTs and DoTs: A Restoration Druid and Shadow Priest

Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 25 man Raider

New gear for Alliance and Horde Shadow Priests in 25 man ToC

New gear for Alliance and Horde Shadow Priests in 25 man ToC

It’s always hard to get your head around what gear/upgrades are the smartest to make when a new bunch of gear is released in game. This post is for:

  1. The 25 Man raider who plays a Shadow Priest as their main spec
  2. The 25 Man healing Priest who intends to gather a offspec Shadow set
  3. The raider who also completes 10/25 hard or heroic modes
  4. Me

My weightings are based off the theorycrafting work done by Shadowpriest.com (with some personal preference to how Haste and Hit are valued). This list showcases the best items available to you – as a 25 man raiding priest – with a Hit/Haste/Crit option per slot.

Tier 8 and 9 Set Bonuses Compared

Tier 8 (Conqueror’s Sanctification from Ulduar)
Tier 8 Items and set bonus/s
2 set bonus = 122 dps or 61 dps per item
4 set bonus+2 set bonus = 231 dps or 58 dps per item

Tier 9 (Velen’s/Zabra’s Triumph)
Tier 9 items and set bonus/s
2 set bonus = 133 dps or 66 dps per item
4 set bonus+2 set bonus = 259 dps or 65 dps per item

As you can see with both Tier sets you’re really not gaining a significant boost in DPS for your investment when you wear 4 pieces of Tier gear. Basically I translate this into: if you get a really really awesome piece of gear that’s going to drop you down to 3/5 Tier 8 or 9… take it.

I plan to be wearing a 2 piece Tier 8 and 2 piece Tier 9 set for a while.

Weakest Piece in Tier 9
If you do intend to try the Tier 9 4 set bonus (and I’d still like to try it) the helm is the least desirable item in the set. The Priest healing Tier 9 helm or, cheaper still, the badge option are better.

Weakest Piece in Tier 8
In Tier 8, the Shadow Priest legs are the weakest piece in the set.

Hit (Cap) and Haste

The gear goals are:

  • About 11% haste
  • 263 hit rating (Heroic Presence) or 289 hit rating (No Heroic Presence)
  • Heaps of Spellpower and Critical Strike

Gear List

View the list at LootRank.com. Excluded items from hard, hard, hard modes – but they’ll show up if you click through to Loot Rank.

Not all ToC 10 and 25 Heroic loot has been announced and some of this may be incorrect.

Helm
Velen’s/Zabra’s Cowl of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Crit)
Hood of Fiery/Smouldering Aftermath 75 Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Haste)
Helm/Hood of Clouded Sight 75 Emblems of Triumph (Crit)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Cowl of Triumph ToC 25 (Crit)

Neck
Cry/Wail of the Valkyr ToC 25, Twin Val’kyr (Crit/Haste)
Pendant of Fiery Havoc Ulduar 25, Flame Leviathan HM (Hit/Haste)
Pendant of the Shallow Grave Ulduar 10, Thorim HM (Crit/Haste)
Darkbane Amulet/Pendant ToC 10, Twin Val’kyr (Hit/Crit)

Shoulder
Velen’s/Zabra’s Mantle of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Tier 9/Crit)
Mantle/Pauldrons of Catastrophic Emanation 75 Emblems of Triumph (Hit/Crit)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Mantle of Triumph ToC 25 (Tier 9/Crit)
Amice of Inconceivable Horror Ulduar, Yogg-Saron HM (Haste)

Back
Cloak/Shroud of Displacement ToC, Faction Champions 25 Heroic (Hit/Haste)
Drape of Mortal Downfall Ulduar, Iron Council 25 HM (Hit/Crit)
Cloak/Shroud of Displacement ToC, Faction Champions 25 (Hit/Haste)
Pennant Cloak OS, Sartharion +2 or +3 Drakes (Crit/Haste)
Drape/Shawl of the Refreshing Winds ToC, Northrend Beasts 25 (Haste)

Chest
Merlin’s Robe Crafted (Crit/Haste)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Robe of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Crit)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Raiments of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Tier 9/Haste)
Skyweaver Vestments/Robe ToC 25, Twin Val’kyr (Hit/Haste)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Robe of Triumph ToC 25 (No Tier bonus/Crit)
Flowing Vestments/Robes of Ascent ToC 25, Northrend Beasts (Haste)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Raiments of Triumph ToC 25 (Tier 9/Haste)

Wrist
Bejeweled Wizard’s Bracers Crafted (Crit/Haste)
Dark Essence Bindings ToC 25, Twin Val’kyr (Hit/Crit)
Grasps of Reason Ulduar 25, XT-002 HM (Haste)
Armbands/Bindings of the Ashen Saint ToC 25, Anub’arak (Haste)

Hands
Velen’s/Zabra’s Handwraps of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Tier 9/Hit/Crit)
Gloves/Handwraps of the Lifeless Touch ToC 25, Anub’arak (Crit/Haste)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Handwraps of Triumph ToC 25 (Tier 9/Hit/Crit)

Waist
Belt/Cord of Biting Cold ToC 25 Heroic, Faction Champions (Hit/Crit)
Belt/Cord of Biting Cold ToC 25, Faction Champions (Hit/Crit)
Belt/Cord of the Tenebrous Mist ToC 25, Northrend Beasts (Haste)
Cord of the White Dawn Crafted (Crit)
Sash of Ancient Power Crafted (Hit/Haste)

Legs
Velen’s/Zabra’s Pants of Triumph ToC 25 Heroic (Tier 9/Hit/Haste)
Breeches/Leggings of the Deepening Void ToC 25, Anub’arak (Hit/Crit)
Velen’s/Zabra’s Pants of Triumph ToC 25 (Tier 9/Hit/Haste)
Leggings of the Soothing Touch ToC 25, Jaraxxus (Haste)

Feet
Boots/Sandals of the Mourning Widow ToC 25 Heroic, Faction Champions (Haste)
Treads of the False Oracle Ulduar 25, Yogg-Saron HM (Crit/Haste)
Boots/Footpads of the Icy Floe ToC 25, Anub’arak (Hit/Haste)
Boots of Fiery Resolution Ulduar 25, Flame Leviathan HM (Haste)
Sandals of the Silver Magus/Sunreaver Magus’ Sandals ToC 10, Faction Champions (Hit/Crit)
Boots/Sandals of the Mourning Widow ToC 25, Faction Champions (Haste)

Finger
Nebula Band
Ulduar 10, Algalon (Crit/Haste)
Band of Deplorable Violence
/Lurid Manifestation ToC 25, Anub’arak (Crit)
Band of the Invoker
35 Emblems of Triumph (Haste)
Signet of Manifested Pain
Naxx 25, Kel’Thuzad (Crit/Haste)

Trinket
Reign of the Dead ToC 25, Anub’arak
Rumored to drop from Anub’arak in ToC 25 man. Sounds sweet!
Flare of the Heavens Ulduar 25, General Vezax HM
Eye of the Broodmother Ulduar 10, Razorscale
Illustration of the Dragon Soul OS 25, Sartharion
Dying Curse Naxx 25, Multiple Bosses (Hit)

2 Handed Weapon
Excluded because the ToC 25 maces and daggers are vastly superior.

1 Handed Weapon
Sunreaver Disciple’s Blade ToC 10 Heroic, Faction Champion (621 Spellpower/Crit/Haste)
Val’anyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings Ulduar (621 Spellpower/Crit/Haste)
Misery’s End/Suffering’s End ToC 25, Anub’arak (621 Spellpower/Crit/Haste)
Barb/Blade of Tarasque ToC 25, Northrend Beasts (621 Spellpower/Hit/Haste)

Off Hand
Symbol of Transgression/Talisman of Heedless Sins ToC 25, Lord Jaraxxus (Hit/Crit)
I’m so glad I spend DKP on this!
Chalice of Searing Light/Mystifying Charm ToC 25, Twin Val’kyr (Crit)
Chalice of Benedictus/Lightbane Focus ToC 10, Twin Val’kry (Hit/Haste)

Wand
Rod/Scepter of Imprisoned Souls ToC 10, Northrend Beasts (Crit/Haste)
Scepter of Lost Souls Ulduar 25, General Vezax (Crit/Haste)
Brimstone Igniter 25 Emblems of Triumph (Hit)
Scepter of Creation Ulduar 25, Ignis (Crit)

4 Responses to “Patch 3.2 Shadow Priest Gear
for the 25 man Raider”

  1. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    A reader, Eristhan, asked (in another thread, but referencing this one):

    “2nd annoying question. Shadow’s my offspec and I’m a tard who cant find it on shadowpriest.com, but I remember you said 11% haste is the goal. >.> That’s unbuffed for 2 MF’s between MB CD’s, right?

    … Is it bad that I get the feeling like you’re somehow above me and shouldnt be bothering with my noobness?”

  2. CassandriNo Gravatar says

    @ Eristhan

    I suggest you read this excellent post by another spriest blogger who has a much better head for numbers than I:

    http://dusknoir.net/194/shadow-raiding-haste-yn/

    Dusknoir says the Haste sweet spot is 9% haste, which sounds about right. I factor in my pretty crappy latency and find everything fits together very smoothly at about 10%-11% haste. However, I do usually raid with a Shaman’s spell haste totem.

    So aim for 9% and don’t try and drop Haste Rating for extra Crit or Spellpower unless you’re over 11% Haste. Does that help?

  3. EristhanNo Gravatar says

    ::squeel:: I almost wish I lived in Australia so I could give you a thank-you cuddle.

    … I’m gonna leave before I make you scared to post now…

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