These Go To Eleven

Marty DiBergi: “Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?”

Nigel Tufnel: [pause] “These go to eleven.”

So with patch 3.2 right around the corner I thought I’d write a little bit about the changes coming to tier gear. Patch 3.2 is introducing three flavors of tier gear this time around, Tier 9, Tier 9.5, and what I refer to as Tier 9.these go to eleven.

So who exactly are these for? Tier 9 (Conquest) is geared towards non-raiders and 10-man normal raiders. You’ll be able to buy the whole set with emblems of triumph which will drop from the heroic daily and the Trial of the Crusader raid instance.

Tier 9.5 (Triumph) is aimed at 25-man normal raiders (it’s possible that 10-man heroic raiders might be able to get these as well, but that is just speculation at this point). Tier 9.5 will be purchasable with Emblems of Triumph as well as an item called Trophy of the Crusade.

Tier 9.these go to eleven is aimed at 25-man heroic raiders. These can be purchased with Tier tokens. Unlike Tie 7 and Tier 8 the tokens that drop are not item specific so you can purchase your pieces in any order. The class groupings for tokens remains.

The Hunter set is the Windrunner set. Although each set has different stats, all three have the same set bonus, and can be mixed and matched. The set bonuses are,

  • 2-piece – The damage done by your serpent sting ability can now be critical strikes.
  • 4-piece – Each time you hit with a ranged attack, you have a chance to grant your pet 600 attack power for 15 sec.

Basically patch 3.2 is allowing everyone the opportunity to get geared up to a Ulduar 25-man level without having to raid 25-man Ulduar. Raiders will always have a leg up on everyone else, but the gap won’t be nearly as severe. There are plenty of debates out there as to whether this is good or not. I personally like the changes and I’ve already got my eye on The Diplomat which drops from Trial of the Crusader 10-man normal mode.

Get ready to dump that Tier 8!