Cata Kitty Gear Choices – The Logical Approach

Hello Kitty Fans,

Its been a very pretty long break since my last post and a very long break since my last real contribution to the kitty community so lets get this blog back on the right track! Today, I’d like to talk about gear choices, no I’m not talking about looking at math, theoretical formulas and simulators to determine what gear to use. That is already done by plenty of people who know what they’re doing, and also unfortunately by some who don’t know what they’re doing. Instead (like always) I’d like to try and use a different approach and use logic to identify the best gear choices, a method that hopefully anyone and everyone can understand.

Setting Up The Comparison

First off, we need to identify what we want in terms of desirable stats. I’ve done some work previously using a similar logical approach to determine that Agility and Mastery are our top priorities. Or, in other words in an ideal world, we are looking for Crit/Mastery as secondary stats on our gear. As well, 4PT11 seems to be valuable afterall. I had originally posted that I didn’t like the concept of it or it didn’t seem to make sense but after reading more about how the mechanic works (aka you don’t actually have to apply mangle 6 times a min as long as you keep the stack going) I was wrong. So that being said, that means, we are looking for 4 of 5 T11 pcs and one offset peice that will trump the stats on T11 Lets start bydoing a simple wowhead comparison to identify which items purely based on raw stats (no set bonuses) have the greatest value. For the purpose of this exercise I will make a few assumptions:

  • I will not include any profession items or world drops but I will include trash drops.
  • I will also not include any strength items as this is clearly not intended and I do not promote the stealing of items for other clases (*cough leather on rets/wars wotlk cough*)
  • I will not include Throne of the Four Winds drops as they are extremely random and hard to obtain
  • I will not include PVP items as they are not intended for PVE raiding

Tier 11 vs Offset Choice

Helm: 3 Choices (Stormrider’s Headpiece, Membrane of C’Thun, Tsanga’s Helm)
Hands: 3 Choices (Stormrider’s Grips, Stormbolt Gloves, Double Attack Handguards)
Shoulder: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Spaulders, Poison Protocol Pauldrons)
Chest: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Raiment, Sark of the Unwatched)
Pants: 2 Choices (Stormrider’s Legguards, Aberration’s Leggings)

Lets use a very simple method to identify what is valuable. As discussed, Agility (Crit)/Mastery are our most valuable stats so ideally we are looking for Crit/Mastery on all of our gear as secondary stats. The other remaining secondary stats Hit/Haste/Expertise are not as valuable or favorable. However if we had to choose the next most valuable stat, Hit would be next due to its ability to reduce misses. In the Cata world interrupts are extremely important so having more hit for interrupts is always a good thing. So, lets do a simple stat valuation where we can say that ideally we want Crit or Mastery (+1), if we can’t have Crit or Mastery we’ll take Hit (+0.5) and the remaining secondary stats are not favorable (+0). Keep in mind that this sort of comparison is only plausible because the raw stat values are the same on all items just shifted between the diff secondary stats.

Tier 11

Helm: T11 provides Crit/Hit, at least one desirable stat and one semi desirable stat. (+1.5)

Shoulders: T11 provides Crit/Haste, at least one of the two desirable stats. (+1)

Chest: T11 provides Haste/Expertise, both are not desirable stats. (0)

Pants: T11 provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable stats, we definitely want to use the pants. (+2)

Gloves: T11 provides Hit/Haste, only one semi desirable stat (+.5)

Offset Items

Helm: Membrane of C’thun provides Haste/Expertise, both are not desirable (+0), Tsanga’s Helm provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Shoulders: Poison Protocol Pauldrons provide Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Chest: Sark of the Unwatched provides Crit/Mastery, both are desirable (+2)

Pants: Aberration’s Leggings provide Crit/Haste, of which one one is a desirable stat (+1)

Gloves: Double Attack Handguards provide Expertise/Mastery, of which one is a desirable stat (+1), Stormbolt Gloves provide Crit/Haste, of which one is a desirable stat (+1)

Tier 11 vs Offset

Helm: T11 (+1.5) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (0.5)

Shoulders: T11 (+1) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (1)

Chest: T11 (+0) vs Offset (+2) — Delta (2)

Pants: T11 (+2) vs Offset (+1) — Delta (1)

Gloves: T11 (+0.5) vs Offset (+1) — Delta (0.5)

So, looking at the comparison, the biggest delta is in the chest slot as the T11 chest does not have an desirable stats whereas the offset has both (Crit/Mastery) desirable stats. As well, all other slots (Helm/Shoulders/Pants/Leggings), Tier 11 have at least one desirable stat making the Chest the optimal slot to use an offset piece.
Trinkets Choices

This is probably the most controversial of all the slots. I’m not sure if we can use a logical thought process to determine what items to use since there are so many choices and benefits will differ from boss encounters to boss encounter. I will have to defer this to simulator calculations and personal preference.

Trinket(s): 5 Choices (Fluid Death, Essence of Cyclone, Prestor’s Talisman of Machination, Unsolvable Riddle, Unheeded Warning)

Fluid Death: +321 Hit / Agility Proc
Essence of Cyclone: +321 Agility / Crit Proc
Prestor’s Talisman of Machination: +321 Agility / Haste Proc
Unsolvable Riddle: +321 Mastery / Agility Proc
Unheeded Warning: +321 Agility / White Dmg Proc

Personally, I would prefer to carry Essence of Cyclone with either Fluid Death (for more hit) or Prestor’s Talisman of Machination for maximum Agility. Why Prestor’s over Unheeded? Because white damage makes up less than 20% of our dmg whereas haste affects all of our damage.

Remaining Slot Choices

This is where it gets a lot easier, because of the remaining slots most have almost little to no choice. In other words, Blizzard has simplified the gear selection process by essentially making only one choice available.

Belt: Dispersing Belt
Boots: Storm Rider’s Boots
Relic: Relic of Golganneth
Weapon: Malevolence
Neck: Necklace of Strife
Wrists: Parasitic Bands
Ring(s): Signet of Elder Council, Lightning Conductor Band
Back: 2 Choices (Cloak of Biting Chill, Viewless Wings)

The back is an easy choice as Cloak of Biting Chill provides Crit/Mastery whereas Viewless Wings does not, easy winner.

TLDR Summary

Helm: Stormrider’s Headpeice (T11)
Neck: Necklace of Strife
Shoulders: Stormrider’s Spaulders (T11)
Back: Cloak of Biting Chill
Chest: Sark of the Unwatched
Bracers: Parasitic Bands
Gloves: Stormrider’s Grips (T11)
Belt: Dispersing Belt
Leggings: Stormrider’s Leggings (T11)
Feet: Storm Rider’s Boots
Ring(s): Signet of Elder Council, Lightning Conductor Band
Trinkets(s): Personal Preference/Boss Encounter! (My Choices: Essence of Cyclone with Fluid Death or Prestor’s Talisman of Machination)
Weapon: Malevolence
Relic: Relic of Golganneth


7 Responses to “Cata Kitty Gear Choices – The Logical Approach”

  1. 1 Tinderhoof January 19, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Something I think you left out of the trinket considerations. Tia’s Grace ( provides 340 agi + 285 mastery. As those are our most prized stats I am not sure why you would leave this one out. Not only do you not have to raid to pick it up you don’t have to spend valor. If you are looking to get the most agi out of trinkets its the Fluid Death (380 agi) and Tia’s Grace (340 agi). Both blow the Haste/Crit/(soon to be updated weapon damage) procs out of the water and you pick up 285 mastery to boot.

  2. 2 Rahl January 19, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Hey, and welcome back!

    /agree on Tia’s Grace

    According to the Fluid Druid The Pants & Relic seem to have the best stats per points spent (excluding set bonuses). To be honest though i think i will be taking what ever drops for now until i have enough points to spend on the optimal choices. I can pass of the sub optimal things to my bear spec then. 8~)

  3. 3 Helistar January 19, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Don’t forget the “random enchant” ring and belt coming from throne of the four winds. There are versions with sta/agi/crit/mastery (“… of the Windstorm”).

    Some other random considerations:
    – helm and shoulders are the set pieces harder to get.
    – world drops do not exist in heroic (372) version, and getting the 372 version of a set piece means turning in the 359 one.

    • 4 Tinderhoof January 19, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      He did say he wasn’t going to include the random enchant drops due to the “Random” nature. I got lucky with my ring, but just like hoping for a tier piece to drop in BH you shouldn’t be planning your gear strat around expecting one to drop.

  4. 5 Vallen January 20, 2011 at 1:08 am

    As Tinder mentioned, I did not include randomized items because its too hard to try and plan to obtain them. I also got luck with a crit/mastery belt but that was pure luck. You shouldn’t try and plan to get one of these, although if you do happen to get a crit/mastery belt or ring yes, definitely use them!

    Also this post was centralized against normal mode items (ilv 359). Throwing in heroic items will naturally change the mix and most definitely will require some adjustment based on the difficulty of obtaining items.

    As for current gear, the helm (Nef) is probably still somewhat challenging to obtain and if that is the case, then you can naturally swap the T11 helm out for Tsanga’s Helm and use a T11 chest. Not the most optimal but based on what you have available, it makes the most sense.

  5. 6 Anonymous February 28, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Maybe an update on trinkets would be in order, since Unheeded Warning is now BiS according to all simulations/theorycrafting I’ve come across, given the last patch changes 🙂

    Cheers for a good blog 😉

  6. 7 Guntitan March 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    Nice list and a good way of comparing items. My Druid is only level 62 but I want to raid a bit with it. I’ll be here more often reading your stuff.

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