What is Worth Upgrading?

All throughout the expansion the Pandaren have been asking us “what is worth fighting for?” Now that patch 5.1 has arrived, the more pressing question is what is worth upgrading?

In the perfect scenario one would have started patch 5.1 at the 3000 point valor cap allowing for two full upgrades. I’m not so lucky and will start with around 1,600 VP; enough for one full upgrade or two half upgrades with another 1000 VP to be earned this week.

Regardless of how optimized you were in you valor acquisition, the question still remains what to upgrade? With the ability to earn a half upgrade each week it is unlikely that one will be able to upgrade all of their gear before the next tier arrives. Even less so when you take into account that most people are still acquiring LFR and normal mode gear, nevermind heroic gear. Some valor will be used to upgrade items that may well get replaced.

Most tools like Femaledwarf aren’t fully modified to handle the new system, and there is no definitive list of upgrade this, but not this. If you happen to be loaded up with full BiS then it’s easy, just upgrade all of that starting with pieces that give you most bang for the buck. Chances are you are not part of the WoW 1%, and don’t have all the BiS gear, so you have tougher decisions to make.

Weapons and trinkets will be obvious choices followed by tier pieces to give the set bonuses some longevity. It really comes down to you where you are with your progression, how fast you are progressing and when might you get your desired upgrades. If you started out with 3000 VP, then you’ll have three full raid lockouts before you hit the cap again which is a decent amount of time get some items and plan things out.

As for myself, I’ll probably do a full upgrade on my Relic of Xuen. If I get Taoren, the Soul Burner I’ll likely upgrade that even though I probably don’t have long to wait until Fang Kung, Spark of the Titans drops. Then I’ll have to consider an upgraded Fang Kung versus an upgraded Taoren. I think Taoren comes out slightly ahead. From there I’ll just have to wait and see how the progress grows. We’ve now defeated heroic Stoneguard and are working on Garalon normal.

No matter what you choose to upgrade I think this is a great system that Blizzard introduced to the game. Sure it keeps us on the dailies treadmill, but I never felt like I was getting off of that thing anyway.

So what is worth upgrading to you?

Come One, Come All

The Darkmoon Faire is upon us folks and that means Hunters all over Azeroth will have an opportunity to pick up the Relic of Xuen. Despite the meager 476 ilevel, this baby packs a real punch and is one of the best Hunter trinkets for this tier. Some BiS lists have the the Relic of Xuen and Terror in the Mists as the top tow trinkets for this tier. Others have Bottle of Infinite Stars and Terror in the Mists as BiS, so as you can see this trinket rates very highly among trinkets this tier.

What makes this trinket so good of course is that it’s loaded with Agility. It’s important to note that it does proc off of crit damage and not regular damage so the trinket’s performance will vary depending on your gear. The Relic of Xuen has a 55 sec internal cooldown and a maximum up-time of 27.27%. The proc is called Blessing of the Celestials (id – 128984) and can be tracked by many addons.

So how do you go about acquiring one? Well, the best time to prepare for this is in advance of the faire. Now that its begun prices for cards, deck and the trinket itself are going to be at a premium. I paid about 22K for mine, and I feel like that’s a pretty good deal. Your options include,

  • Buying individual cards of the AH. Card prices on my AH ranged from 2500-5K, with some cards valued higher than others.
  • You can purchase a deck off of the AH. Last week when I checked decks were going for around 39K.
  • You can purchase the trinket. Trinket prices on my AH ranged from 55-80K.

If you have inscription, you can of course try to make your own deck, or you can try and trade cards from other decks for the ones you need. Be mindful when asking for specific cards in trade chat, as people will think you’re desperate and want to charge you a premium.

This Darkmoon Faire ends on December 10 at 11:59 pm realm-time, and the next one won’t arrive until December 2, 2012. If you don’t get one this week then you’re only option will be to buy a trinket off of the AH or wait a month. Of course if you don’t care about DPS then you can always get one of these trinkets and sell it for a ton of gold once the faire is over. I’m going for the DPS myself.