One week has passed since 3.3 and ICC was released and as reported earlier, some folks have already grinded their reputation to exalted! While this isn’t something that isn’t difficult or quite frankly necessary, it is intriguing and worth considering. Lets take a closer look at the rewards, what it entails and the time commitment…
First off, lets take a look at the rewards itself, the reason why people are doing this is naturally for the exalted Ashen Verdict ring. Being able to obtain a ilv 277 ring today when we’re generally still wearing 258 gear at best is pretty awesome. At first look at the friendly version of the ring, it’s really not much to scream and shout about, but my person opinion is once you get into revered that’s where the real bonus is. At revered the ring receive a chance on hit proc:
Pretty sexy stuff, to be that alone is enough to use this ring without looking into loot tables for ICC.
Based on a guide created by Wolfie, he suggests that you can obtain ~850-900 reputation per run. That being said, lets try and calculate the amount of time/runs required to hit exalted. Lets consider a few different types of scenarios, note that this is all based on a druid pov (aka Night Elf) without any Human 10% reputation bonuses. Also lets assume that each run can yield 900 for calculation purposes.
- Non Raider: If you don’t belong to a guild that can run 10/25 man and you are only looking to obtain the ring, you’ll need a total of 42,000 reputation, or 47 reputation runs.
- Raider (ASAP): If you belong to a raiding guild but want to obtain the ring asap (say this week), you’re probably like me sitting at around 1005/6000 friendly. If that’s the case then you are still looking at 38,000 reputation to go. If you subtract the rep for running both 10/25 man this week (4k total), then you’re looking at 34,000 to grind or 38 reputation runs before you clear both instances.
- Raider (Staggered Approach): If you’re like me and you’re looking to potentially boost your rep a little so that by the time the next wing opens (Jan 5th) then you can spread out your reputation grinds over the next few weeks and still obtain the ring quickly but in a more reasonable timely fashion. From now till Jan 5th, that gives us 3 lockouts left and 3 weeks of gaining 4k rep each for a total of 12k. We start at 34,000 reputation and substract the 12,000 leaving us at 22,000 required. Divide by 900 means 25 reputation runs in 3 weeks or a reasonable 7-8 runs a week.
If you’ve already cleared ICC then you know it is pretty simple, the difficulty level of this is pretty minimal, afterall it’s just killing trash. Again, Wolfie’s guide is a good overview of each trash pack and what abilities they have in case you haven’t entered ICC yet. He suggests a 1 tank, 2 healer, 7 dps setup probably for maximum efficiency but any group composition will do.
I’m planning to give this a shot tomorrow and see how long it takes realistically to complete a rep run. I don’t think my goal is to push to exalted but more to push to revered to get the ring with the chance on hit proc. I’ll report back once I get some more information. Happy grinding everyone!
So I went in there before our ICC10 raid and grinded for a few hours. We went ahead with a 1 Tank, 2 Healer, 7 DPS strategy which worked fine. Really it comes down to how fast you can pull and how fast you can clear so that you can reset and start again. By the end of our grinding runs we were down to around 15 minutes per run but I am sure it can be done a lot faster with a better aoe dps setup or just quicker pulls in general. The exact amount of reputation gained per run if you kill every trash mob prior to Marrowgar is 885 reputation. Currently I’m now sitting at honored with 1.2k/12k so at this rate I should hit revered prior to the next wing’s release.
Lessons learned from our first night of grinding were:
- Do a 1 Tank, 2 Healer, 7 DPS strategy, the more dps, the faster it is
- Don’t run into the rooms with the big Deathbound Ward, pull trash back into the previous room to avoid waking them up before you’re ready
- On the big packs in the middle with double spiders, pull them back and use the wall to LOS so that it’s easier to grab them all, give your tank time!
- Healers should DPS when possible, speed is key!