New Options in Firelands: A Guide to Gear in 4.2
Edit 7/6: Clarified info about tier as well as upgradable gear with Firestones. All VP items can be upgraded with Firestones--you 'use' the stone on an item. Source:
Edit @ 7:00PM PST: Regular Firelands trash gives rep until 5999/6000 Friendly, with Molten Giants and Hounds giving small amounts of reputation beyond that. Can hit honored just on trash.
Edit @ 3:00PM PST: Bosses give 250 (275 with
) rep; can get to friendly easily farming trash--this means Avengers capes are pretty easy to get.
Edit @ 2:00PM PST: Ashelia has confirmed that the new crafting recipes for boots and gloves drop from Firelands trash:
Firelands and 4.2 introduce a whole new set of epics; it's the easiest it's ever been to gear up. From raid epics to additional rep rewards, there's something for all playstyles. We've taken the basic framework of the 4.1 gear guide; this time we've skipped the blues and just compared the epics.
See how good the new loot is and also see what gear is easily obtainable before raiding right after the break!
This guide does not aim to provide a BiS set of heroic Firelands gear for e
Tier 12 Set Bonuses and Stats Preview
It's starting to look like the tier set bonuses will be final now as the patch gets closer and closer without frequent changes to them. We figured this would be a good time to remind you of what they are plus show you the stats for the individual tier pieces so you could see what pieces you'll covet and what ones you'll wear offset for.
Price (Normal, 378)
Price (Heroic, 391)
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Ask the Devs #8 Answered, Next Topic is Tanking
And here comes the latest Ask the Devs rubric we'll see for a long time.
. If you have submitted any questions regarding the new bosses, T12, the daily quest hubs in Hyjal and the Firelands, or just about lore, here's your chance to see them (or ones like them) answered. Some of the more interesting questions inquire after that Abyssal Maw dungeon Blizzard promised us a while back (we are not getting it), raid balance and boss mechanics in the Firelands, and even a little bit of lore to make those of us into that kind of thing very happy.
Ask the Devs #9 was
, and its topic will be
. The official thread for it will come a little later today, so get your questions ready!
Welcome to the answers thread for our World of Warcraft "Ask the Devs" global Q&A. These answers are in response to the round #8 questions, which can be seen here:
What happened with the Abyssal Maw dungeon that was supposed to come with Firelands? – Maryjanee (EU-EN), Espiritu (NA)
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Video Previews
We love our model viewer as much as the next person, but we know sometimes it can be daunting to load up Java or Flash just to see what new gear you'll be sporting come 4.2.
While you still can view them in the viewer
, we've also put together a bunch of videos that preview these new sets. You can find them after the cut.
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Armor Sets for Shaman and Warlock
Shaman and Warlock tier 12 were just shared with us this morning--the Shaman set has particularly awesome shoulders! Be sure to check out our previews of
the tier 12 color variations
the official tier 12 previews
from the past few weeks if you're interested.
News Roundup: New Tier Set Bonuses, Holy Paladin Nerfs, and Dancing
Zarhym's been a busy community manager today, posting in threads about everything from dancing to tier 12 set bonuses. If you recall last week,
we datamined the tier 12 set bonuses from the PTR
, and it generated a lot of buzz. Of course, they weren't balanced; some of them were very underwhelming and others were simply overpowered. As such, Blizzard's been looking into it this week and they have some solid revisions to offer already. They can't possibly be the final ones, though--Holy paladins would have a decent set bonus if that were true and you know Blizzard isn't
nice about tier sets for the class! (Kidding. Sort of.)
Other notable threads included a justification for Holy paladin mana changes in 4.2 and a thread about dancing in combat. Because dancing in combat is important.
New Tier Set Bonuses
We've seen a lot of discussion and debate over the new set bonuses. Just so everyone is aware, we're still assessing the set bonuses for tier 12 as we go through more testing and gathering more feedback.
To give you a heads up on what we'r
Druid Tier 12 Preview and Other 3D Models
We have a preview of Druid Tier 12 armor up as well as some more 3D models to share with you from the PTR. Remember to view it in our model viewer through the java option rather than flash if you want to see particle effects and details--this feature recently received an overhaul so they're looking even better than before.
For items, maps, icons and spell changes from this build that hit earlier today, you can
check them out here
Druid Tier 12
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Armor Variations and 3D Models
We've datamined some recolors for tier 12 from the latest PTR 4.2 patch. There are no new tier sets to see except Warrior, but each tier that was already previewed has three shades of color (except Hunters, which have four). It's possible these could be the difference in color from non-heroic and heroic, 10 or 25 (like Ulduar's 8 and 8.5 was), or possibly even PvP models. An interesting comment a Wowhead poster presumed is that they could even be colored based on what talent tree you've specialized the majority of your points in--which would make a lot of sense, given the naming conventions on the PTR.
Anyway, we won't know until we get more information, but they're worth looking at. Some of them are certainly a lot less fiery and I hope they see the light of day.
View in our model viewer: | | Palad
Patch 4.2 Preview: Tier 12 Set Bonuses
Our friends at
tipped us off that the set bonuses for tier 12--the embarrassing part is that they were in our database all along. Some of us have been working for fourteen hours straight now, though, and aren't that observant. OK? OK.
Two important things to note here. First, some of the set bonuses are ridiculously overpowered and some are extremely underpowered. Let's hope that these will be changed since this is the beginning of 4.2's PTR; as it stands, they are far from balanced. Second, Blizzard went a little wild with the fire theme this set of tier. This is sort of an interesting take on tier procs and certainly welcomed as a change, but it's also a little redundant. Fire damage on fire mobs? Thankfully this isn't vanilla--they would be immune.
Patch 4.2: Tier 12 Armor Sets for Paladin, Mage, Rogue, Hunter, Death Knight, and Priest
This is probably the preview we've all been waiting for! Quests and zones are nice, but what everyone really wants to know is how they'll be looking for the next several months. Well, it's a mystery no longer for some classes; Blizzard just released a preview of how tier 12 armor sets will look for
. We'll let the images do the talking and have you form your own opinions in the comments as we're too busy staring at the hunter one and thinking about
--it has an
and that's awesome.
All in all, 4.2 seems to really be living up to the anticipation it built. These recent previews have made it seem like Firelands will be a rewarding patch for raiders; the questlines look epic, the bosses look interesting, and
Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest
looks to be the most complex legendary since
. Even the daily hubs look engaging--Blizzard seems to have learned its lessons from Argent Tournament Grounds and the Isle of Quel'Danas.