In our last installment we shared information on how to get your fresh-faced level 85 in to the heroic scene. After a full month of grinding rep, collecting crafting mats, soaking up enchanting resources and wiping like a maniac, you’re probably readying yourself for the next evolution — raiding. Or you need to catch your breath. Either way, we’ve got some easy-to-use reading material that’s right up your alley.
Unlike heroics, raiding doesn’t actually require a specific iLvl avg to enter — a fact that your guild master probably hates. Either way, Blizzard designed Cataclysm’s heroics to prepare you for raiding in every fashion. Not only do you learn actual skills (is moving out of the fire a skill?) during heroic encounters, but you shouldn’t need a fancy set of epics to begin raiding in Cataclysm. A mix of the below gear and heroic-ready gear is more than enough to get most raid groups past the early encounters in The Bastion of Twilight, Blackwing Descent and Baradin Hold.
Just a reminder:
Discipline: Intellect > Spirit > Haste = Critical = Mastery
Holy: Spirit > Intellect > Mastery = Haste = Critical
Rule of thumb: If it’s a cloth item and it is lacking Spirit, it’s for DPS spellcasters. Trinkets and rings would be the only exceptions. Don’t roll for it unless you’re desperate, it’s okay with the other caster(s) or you’re a total jerk (you know who you are, Cataclysmo).
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