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4.3 Rogue Gear and Consolation Prizes

Blizzard just posted an official 4.3 Patch Preview which summarizes the upcoming changes, and with the patch just around the corner, I thought I would compile a list of the new rogue gear made available. This information is all from the PTR so is subject to change, however with Blizzard pushing part of the patch download already, I don't expect many changes, if any at all. But this list is just that, a list, a compilation and not a detailed analysis for Best in Slot gear. I have my "napkin math" idea of what will be the best pre-heroic gear based on current stat weights, but those too may change somewhat.

Blizzard's official preview doesn't go into stat specifics, but is more of an overview. It includes a (very) brief preview of the Fangs of the Father quest-line, and an update on how Valor points will be doled out. Now, I'm not opposed to changing how Valor is issued, but one statement Bashiok made stood out: "Our goal with these changes is to move Valor back to the original intent of currency rewards as a consolation prize..."

Now, I wouldn't necessarily be opposed to that statement if, however, it was accurate. But by my napkin math, there are four pre-heroic BiS items that will need to be purchased with Valor Points, two of which have NO ALTERNATIVE. That means, at best, I will still need to buy at minimum two items just to fill empty spots. I'm not certain about other classes, I haven't analyzed the gear of any other class, but any class with Agility as its primary stat is going to need these two items as well. (Again, my data comes from the PTR, so Blizzard may slip a drop or two in before the actual release, but it's unlikely.) So the way it comes across to me has Bashiok saying: "Rogues need a consolation prize." (I see my next headline now...)

Once 4.3 actually hits and we have final numbers we'll be able to fine tune everything and have a more accurate BiS list. Who knows, maybe we'll get lucky and won't NEED to buy the Valor items to fill empty spots. In the mean time, peruse this and make your own assessments.

For those not currently clearing Heroic Firelands (or had horrible luck with drops), the new 5-man Heroic Dungeons in the "Hour of Twilight" patch will add a full set of gear with higher stats than the Regular Firelands boss loot. The encounters weren't too difficult when I last went into them, but they may have been tuned a bit. Those who need to should be able to farm the pieces to fill slots within a few days of release, if they put the effort into it.

Dungeon Weapons (378)
Type Name Zone Drop
Axe Trickster's Edge Well of Eternity Peroth'arn
Fist Clattering Claw Hour of Twilight Archbishop Benedictus
Dagger Jagged Edge of Time End Time Murozond
Dagger Mandible of the Old Ones Hour of Twilight Asira Dawnslayer
Gun Dragonsmaw Blaster Hour of Twilight Archbishop Benedictus
Thrown Thorns of the Dying Day End Time Trash Drop
Dungeon Armor (378)
Slot Name Zone Drop
Head Helm of Thorns Well of Eternity Mannoroth and Varo'then
Shoulder Desecrated Shoulderguards Hour of Twilight Archbishop Benedictus
Chest Time Twisted Tunic End Time Murozond
Back Cloak of the Banshee Queen End Time Echo of Sylvanas
Hands Gloves of the Hollow End Time All Echos
Waist Peroth'arn's Belt Well of Eternity Peroth'arn
Legs Well of Eternity Queen Azshara
Feet Boots of the Treacherous Path Well of Eternity Quest Reward
Finger Alurmi's Ring End Time Quest Reward
Finger Mannoroth's Signet Well of Eternity Mannoroth and Varo'then
Trinket Arrow of Time End Time Murozond


As far as raid drops, I'm leaving out the Heroic and LFR loot. The Heroic item levels are 410 off all the bosses except Deathwing, and 416 for loot off of him. The LFR item levels are 384/390. All of the tier armor pieces come from tokens dropped by the bosses listed, except for the pants which are also dropped by the new Baradin Hold boss, Alizabel.

Raid Weapons (397 unless specified)
Type Name Drop
Bow  Vishanka, Jaws of the Earth (iLev 403)  Madness of Deathwing
Axe  No'Kaled, the Elements of Death (iLev 403)  Madness of Deathwing
Dagger  Blade of the Unmaker (iLev 403)  Madness of Deathwing
Dagger  Electrowing Dagger  Hagara the Stormbinder
Crossbow  Horrifying Horn Arbalest  Warlord Zon'ozz
Mace  Morningstar of Heroic Will  Ultraxion
Thrown  Razor Saronite Chip  Morchok
Fangs of the Father Legendary Quest Daggers
Stage Set Name Main Hand Off Hand
Stage 1 Jaws of Retribution (iLev 397) Fear Vengeance
Stage 2 Maw of Oblivion (iLev 406) The Sleeper The Dreamer
Stage 3 Fangs of the Father Golad, Twilight of Aspects Tiriosh, Nightmare of Ages
Raid Armor (397 unless specified)
Slot Name Drop
Head  Nocturnal Gaze  Valor Points (2200)
Shoulder  Underdweller's Spaulders  Morchok
Chest  Shadowbinder Chestguard  Valor Points (2200)
Back  Batwing Cloak  Valor Points (1250)
Hands  Lightfinger Handwraps  Valor Points (1650)
Waist  Nightblind Cinch  Trash Drop - BoE
Waist  Belt of Hidden Keys  Valor Points (1650)
Waist  Belt of Flayed Skin  Warlord Zon'ozz
Legs  Bladeshadow Leggings  Leatherworking
Feet  Interrogator's Bloody Footpads  Yor'sahj the Unsleeping
Feet  Rooftop Griptoes  Valor Points (1650)
Feet  Molten Blood Footpads (iLev 403)  Spine of Deathwing
Wrist  Bracers of Manifold Pockets  Valor Points (1250)
Wrist  Bladeshadow Wristguards  Leatherworking
Wrist  Shadow Wing Armbands  Warmaster Blackhorn
Finger  Emergency Descent Loop  Valor Points (1250)
Finger  Signet of Grasping Mouths  Hagara the Stormbinder
Finger  Seal of Primordial Shadow  All Bosses (Except Deathwing)
Trinket  Wrath of Unchaining (iLev 403)  Spine of Deathwing
Trinket  Kiroptyric Sigil  Valor Points (1650)
Trinket  Vial of Shadows  All Bosses (Except Deathwing)
Trinket  Starcatcher Compass  Warmaster Blackhorn
Neck  Cameo of Terrible Memories  Valor Points (1250)
Raid Tier Armor: Blackfang Battleweave
Slot Name Drop
Head  Blackfang Battleweave Helmet  Warmaster Blackhorn
Shoulder  Blackfang Battleweave Spaulders  Hagara the Stormbinder
Chest  Blackfang Battleweave Tunic  Ultraxion
Hands  Blackfang Battleweave Gloves  Warlord Zon'ozz
Legs  Blackfang Battleweave Legguards  Alizabal/Yor'sahj the Unsleeping




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