The Pimp My Mage posts have been edited after initial publication to take into account the changes to spirit from Molten Armour introduced in patch 3.1. Spirit isn’t totally useless anymore! It still sucks compared to crit rating, but just because something comes with spirit is no longer a reason to ditch it for something better.
As the more eagle-eyed among you may have (and as commenter Sokre did realise) spotted, I neglected to include trinkets and rings from dungeon drops in my last post. This may have been an intelligence test that I set for you all, (congratulations Sokre, you passed) or I may simply be a dumbass who forgot. You be the judge. Anyway, time waits for no mage, so here are the amulets, trinkets and rings you should be hoping for when doing your dungeon grind.
Amulets and Necklaces
With the exception of the crafted Titanium Spellshock Necklace which doesn’t drop from a dungeon anyway (it drops from friendly Jewelcrafters or the Auction House) you’re not going to see any epic drops. However, there are some very good blue replacements you should be on the lookout for. The two best ones for us are the Necklace of Taldaram from Prince Taldaram in Heroic Old Kingdom and the Amulet of the Spell Flinger from Amanitar, also in Heroic Old Kingdom. One has hit, one has crit, both have a ton of spellpower. Either are a good upgrade for any quest reward you’re currently wearing.
After running a few of these heroics you’ll probably have enough badges to upgrade to the badge reward Encircling Burnished Gold Chains, which is a pretty solid upgrade. Alternatively, there’s a BoE drop from Naxxrammas which you may be lucky enough to find on the Auction House – the Chain of Latent Energies.
We’re slightly better catered for in the Ring department, with many options available to us. First of all, if you have absolutely silly amounts of cash lying around, go to Dalaran, find the jewellery shop and buy a Signet of the Kirin Tor. Alternatively, take your cash to the Auction House and find a jewelcrafter selling a Titanium Spellshock Ring. Both are excellent, easy to get your hands on and stupidly overpriced. You pays your money, you takes your chance.
Moving on to actual instance drops, we still have some very good options. Annhylde’s Ring drops from Ingvar the Plunderer in Heroic Utgarde Keep, a fast and relatively easy instance that you’ll probably be farming a lot. The Band of Guile drops from Mal’Ganis’ chest at the end of Heroic Old Stratholme.
Rare dungeon drops are equally plentiful.
Globule Signet – Heroic Violet Hold
Ring of the Frenzied Wolvar – Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle
Ring of the Traitor King – Heroic Azjol Nerub
Solitaire of Reflecting Beams – Heroic Violet Hold
Spectral Seal of the Prophet – Heroic Drak’Tharon Keep.
Alternatives from Normal mode dungeons are mostly limited to Signet of Ranulf from Utgarde Pinnacle. There are other Rings out there, but they have less spellpower, no hit, no crit and no haste.
Unfortunately, you won’t be upgrading your ring with badges anytime soon, as they are purchased with Badges of Valor from 25 man instances. Luckily, you shouldn’t need to as the dungeon drops are so good and even 10 man Naxx ring drops compare well to the level 213 badge reward rings, as they come loaded with pesky spirit which is never as good as straight crit rating.
Before you even step foot in a dungeon you can equip yourself with some epic trinkets, although it’s likely to cost you a substantial sum of gold and even some of the dungeon blues are arguably superior in most cases. First we have Je’Tze’s Bell which is a world drop BoE and sells for stupid amounts of gold and is really better off in the hands of a healer. Then there are the Darkmoon Cards. First, we have the Darkmoon Card: Illusion from the Prisms Deck. Yes, it’s really a healer item, but 100 spellpower is pretty substantial so worth a look if you have nothing better and more money than sense. In a similar vein are the Darkmoon Card: Death from the Undeath Deck and the Darkmoon Card: Greatness from the Nobles Deck. Nobles Decks are highly sought for by melee classes as the cards they produce are best in slot items, as such they sell for ridiculous amounts of gold. Luckily for us, they’re all but worthless, and the Illusion Card usually sells for much less. It’s also a lot more rare, as every Jewelcrafter with any sense is trying to sell Nobles Decks. If you can get an Illusions Card cheaply, by all means do so. But there are better trinkets out there that you can get for free. Such as:
Once you have enough Heroic badges, and you’ll need 40, get yourself a Sundial of the Exiled from the badge vendor in Dalaran. Because it really is that good.
And that finally completes our round up of Frostfire Mage gear to ready yourself for raiding. Hope you enjoyed reading or found something useful from it, feel free to leave comments praising my knowledge/cursing me for lack of it.
Now I’m off to do some heroics on my Priest. No I’m not doing one of these gear lists for priests! /shoo!