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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

Feral Aggression 2010 in Review

*Wordpress sent me this nice summary of the 2010 year for Feral Aggression, thought I’d share it with you all. A new year means a renewed focus on blogging, I’m back home so expect some new content shortly!*

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 280,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 12 days for that many people to see it.

 

In 2010, there were 69 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 135 posts. There were 239 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 35mb. That’s about 5 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 14th with 2,906 views. The most popular post that day was 4.01 Kitty Primer – What You Need To Know.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wowthinktank.blogspot.com, restokin.com, fluiddruid.net, wow.danomatic.com, and feralinstincts.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bloodbathed frostbrood vanquisher, feral aggression, things to do before cataclysm, ashen verdict tabard, and reins of the bloodbathed frostbrood vanquisher.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

4.01 Kitty Primer – What You Need To Know October 2010
32 comments

2

Things To Do Before Cataclysm Hits September 2010
17 comments

3

Flying Mounts in Dalaran April 2010
10 comments

4

Kitty Numbers January 2010

5

Grinding Ashen Verdict Reputation December 2009
8 comments

Cata Kitty Reputations

Finally found some time to sit down and write. Today I’d like to talk about faction reputations and how to best utilize them as kitty kats. Reputations are a fantastic quick way to gear up fast in preparation for heroics and raiding. However the rewards that each faction provides are not all equal and there are some that are significantly superior than others so its important to know which reps you work on first. This post naturally will be addressing Alliance but if you’re Horde just swap the appropriate faction.

There are a total of six factions, lets break them down one by one.

  1. Baradin’s Warden Reputation Sources: Dailies & Argaloth
    Vendor: Quartermaster Brazie located in Tol Barad
    Kitty Items of Interest: Unsolvable Riddle (Trinket, ilv 359, Exalted), Spear of Trailing Shadows (Weapon, ilv 346, Revered)

    This is the new Wintergrasp which requires you to have control to maximize your full Tol Barad rep gain. If you don’t have control of Tol Barad you will be limited to dailies in the Peninsula, whereas if you have control you will gain access to Baradin Hold Dailies. The dailies at Baradin Hold change every 3 hours if you retain/gain control so you actually theoretically have the possibility to do up to 24 dailies per day. Above and beyond that there is also the TB boss Argaloth & a TB Win weekly that grants rep as well.

  2. Guardians of Hyjal Reputation Sources: Quests & Tabard
    Vendor: Provisioner Whitecloud located in Mount Hyjal
    Kitty Items of Interest: Acorn of the Daughter Tree (Neck, ilv 246, Revered), Sly Fox Jerkin (Chest, ilv 333, Revered)

    This reputation only provides a 346 neck but a neck can also be obtained through Justice Points. There are no dailies for this faction and your only source of reputation is via the quests in Hyjal followed by the rep grinding through dungeons.

  3. RamkahenReputation Sources: Quests, Tabard & Daily
    Vendor: Blacksmith Abasi located in Uldum
    Kitty Items of Interest: Arcanum of Ramkahen (Head Enchant, Revered), Quicksand Belt (Belt, ilv 346, Revered)

    This rep is important only up to Revered as it will grant the belt as well as the Head Enchant. There is only one daily which grants 250 rep per day so really your only source of reputation is via the quests in Uldum followed by rep grinding through dungeons.

  4. Therazane Reputation Sources: Quests, Tabard & Dailies
    Vendor: D’lom the Collector located in Deepholm
    Kitty Items of Interest: Greater Inscription of Shattered Crystal (Shoulder Enchant),  Terrath’s Signet of Balance (Ring, ilv 346, Revered)

    This is the new Son’s of Hodir which grants Shoulder enchants as Exalted. There are many dailies which are rotated per day so that there are 7 available. I believe you start off with less but as your reputation gets higher (friendly -> honored -> revered) you unlock further dailies to boost your rep faster. Rep is also granted from quests and can be supplemented by a rep grinding in dungeons.

  5. Wildhammer ClanReputation Sources: Quests, Tabard & Dailies
    Vendor: Craw McGraw located in Twilight Highlands
    Kitty Items of Interest: Stormbolt Gloves (Gloves, ilv 359, xalted), Swiftflight Leggings (Leggings, ilv 333, Revered)

    This is the first of 2 factions that grant an epic 359 item. There are 5 dailies that are the same everyday. Above and beyond this there are quests that grant rep and you can be supplemented by rep grinding in dungeons.

  6. Earthen RingReputation Sources: Quests & Tabard
    Vendor: Provisioner Arok located in Vashj’ir
    Kitty Items of Interest: Signet of the Elder Council (Ring, ilv 359, Exalted), Softwind Cape (Cloak, ilv 346, Revered)

    This is the second of 2 factions that grant an epic 359 item. There are 5 dailies that are the same everyday. Above and beyond this there are quests that grant rep and you can be supplemented by rep grinding in dungeons.

So, now that we’ve gone over all the different factions, their sources for rep & rewards, what is the best approach? Naturally we want to get exalted with all of the factions (because we’re all achievement whores right?). First and foremost, I like to think of the long run. Yes its very easy to just tunnel one rep and get it to exalted fast but then you’re going to pay for it in the long run because your other reputations will take longer. For example, if you push Therazane to exalted for the shoulder enchants, you miss out on getting rep from other factions while you slowly rep up through the dailies. So this is the route I’ve taken and I would suggest you all consider as well. You may not get the shiney epics as fast as possible but in the long run it saves time.

First, the priorities to me are Therazane, Wildhammer Clan, Earthen Ring, Baradin Warden (to Exalted) and Ramkahen (to Revered). Ramkahen is to revered only for Head Enchant, all others to Exalted for epics & shoulder enchants.

For all these factions, you should make sure that you complete all the quests related to them. The easiest way to do that is to finish all the quests in their related zones. Takes a lot of time but its free rep and there is not daily restriction so it is very worthwhile. Next, you should do the dailies (if applicable everyday to ensure that you maximize your rep gain outside of grinding rep). Finally, pick a rep to focus on (depending on what you feel is most important and start wearing that tabard. Technically the best move would be to do Earthen Ring rep grinding because there are no dailies but I personally choose Wildhammer First.

So to summarize:

  1. Complete all quests in each zone to obtain maximum rep pre daily/rep grinding
  2. Do dailies for respective factions each day to maximum daily rep gain
  3. Pick a reputation to push (ideal would be Wildhammer due to lack of dailies)

I’ll be returning home shortly so expect my posting frequency to increase again soon, until then hope you all enjoy whats left of the holiday season as we enter 2011!

Holiday Update

It’s been 2 weeks since I posted and I apologize for the lack of posting over the past few weeks. Its not something that I do very often and I try very hard to keep the posts coming at a constant pace. That being said, there is a reason for the lack of updates recently and that is because I am actually on vacation with the family and have had limited to non existent internet at times. Unfortunately this is going to have to remain a short post due to time constraints but I just wanted to give everyone an update on whats been going on as well as a taste of what I have in the works coming to a blog near you (in no particular order):

– Realm First! Level 85 Druid
– Worgen or Night Elf, Troll or Tauren, how to make a choice
– Progression path of reputation grinding for kitties
– Feral PVP: The New Frontier

Remember to take time away from the game to spend with family, friends and loved ones as I am sure they have all been neglected over the past few weeks!

ps. Yes I went Worgen, and its awesome!

Are you Prepared?

As I write this, we have approximately 10 hours to go till Cataclysm is finally here.

I’ve been spending a lot of time outside of WoW the past week or so prepping RL and in game for today and I think I’m finally ready to go.

It’s been one hell of a wait so I hope everyone is ready for the big push. For those who are planning to go hard and push to 85 ASAP I wish you all the best of luck.

Free XP!

 

See you all in Cataclysm!

Daybreak is Recruiting!

Dear Readers,

With Cataclysm just one weeks away, I am steering content away from kitty goodness for a brief moment to make a recruitment plug for my guild. Daybreak has been my home for nearly 5 years now and will continue to be so until the day that I stop playing WoW. It is by far one of the most compelling aspects of WoW that keep me engaged in this game due to the fact that the folks in this guild are fantastic people that I have played with for years and years. We continue to be a strong and healthy guild due to our like minded ideals on what we feel is success and enjoyment in WoW. We are not in any way shape or form in need of players but instead we are looking for like minded people that have like minded goals.

So, if you are in the market for a new home, I encourage you to read through the remainder of this post:

Daybreak is Recruiting!

Core Details

Realm: Auchindoun
Battlegroup: Retaliation
Data Center Location: New York
Time Zone: EST

History

Daybreak is an Alliance guild on Auchindoun-US PVP server of older mature players who have played since the release of Vanilla WoW in 2004. Majority of our core have been playing & raiding together since Molten Core and continue to because of our passion for WoW and the family we have become. Originally from Warsong-US, we moved in Aug 09 to Auchindoun-US where we have since maintained a reputation of being one of the premier guilds on the server. While we are primarily a 25 man raiding guild, we are more than just a guild that logs on for raid nights. We have a strong passion for achievements and on any given night will find folks working on some obscure achievement or farming old content for rare mounts & legendaries

About Daybreak

“It’s more important to play with friends & family, than it is to play for epics”

We are not a guild that prides ourselves on world firsts or server firsts. We pride ourselves in our ability to complete content in a shortened and light raid schedule which does result in many Server Firsts. We will never push beyond our raid schedules, nor will we jeopardize our guild health for epics or Server Firsts. A prime example of this is our decision to skip HLK and HHalion to ensure we went into Cataclysm with minimal attrition and a strong raiding core.

“We love Nerd Points, seriously.”

We are a guild that absolutely loves achievements. We do them while progressing through content and we go back and do them in our spare time as well. We probably as a guild spend more time doing achievement activities than raiding itself. With the imminent arrival of Cataclysm, we have completed 98% (264/269) of all WOTLK raid achievements, most of which have been done numerous times. With the onset of Guild Achievements in the upcoming expansion, rest assured that there will be heavy focus on this as well as personal achievements.

“Respect the guild and respect each other”

Respect each other by being part of the the guild not just a raid. Whether it be helping with achievements, lvling alts, doing old content or just socializing in guild chat. We are must more than just an avenue for purples. Respect the raid by always ensuring you are here when you can and if you can’t, respect the guild by posting and providing awareness that you are not available. We are an older guild and we understand that real life sometimes supersedes WoW and we have no issues with that, as long as we know ahead of time.

Daybreak Logistics

We run on a 3 day raid schedule which consists of Tues, Wed and Thurs from 7-12pm EST and we handle loot distribution through loot council.

Applying to Daybreak

If you’ve read through this and what you’ve read lines up with what you feel is enjoyment in WoW, then I encourage you to give us some consideration. Regardless of what class or spec you are, what experience you’ve previously had. We are looking for like minded individuals. Cataclysm is a restart for everyone and is the perfect opportunity to explore new avenues to enjoy WoW. If you’d like to hear more or have questions, feel free to jump onto Auchindoun and give me a shout. To start your application process, jump to our forums here: http://daybreakguild.guildzilla.com/recruitment.html

We Are Legendary, a shot of the various Legendaries within the Daybreak.

A shot of our Mimiron Head Army, an optional raid that was run weekly with the objective of obtaining a Mimiron Head for everyone.

It isn't always all about purples and nerd points, we take time to give back to the Auchindoun community (Gordok Ogre Suit Ogrimmar Raid)

Good Bye Park

Patch 4.03a is today (Full patch notes here) and as such the Shattering has occurred and the face of Azeroth has been changed forever. Last night I took some time to hang out in the Park as it will be destroyed with the coming of Deathwing and will on longer exist. By hang out I mean I was hoping that I’d login and get my face melted by Deathwing but looks like there’s no such luck.

Originally Posted by Nethaera (Source)

I’m quite sure you’ll be fine. Emergency crews have been hard at work making sure everyone was evacuated from any areas of extreme danger.

T-minus 14 days to Cataclysm!

Good Bye Park!


I’m Retired!

As of 04/04/2011, I have officially retired from WOW. This blog will remain as a archived resource for those who know that CAT DRUID IS 4 FITE!

About Me

A blog for the ramblings and thoughts of Vallen, a full time raiding cat druid from Auchindoun-US with a passion for raiding & achievements. An avid wow player since 2004.

For any questions or concerns contact me via comments or e-mail

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Mimiron's Head
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Amani War Bear
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Master Builder's Shirt
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Commander
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Tabard of the Lightbringer

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