Friday, August 28, 2009

Tier 8 to Tier 9 leap

Recently I've been debating when exactly to start going after the Tier 9 set pieces. I've been extremely hesitant solely because the 4 piece restoration bonus is soooooooo good. Since getting 4pc I've had a noticeable jump in my healing and when looking at meters for fights I see that the bonus heal itself constitutes ~10-15% of my total healing. For a single set bonus that is absolutely godly. But just the other day I saw a blue post concerning a nerf to the set bonus coming with the next patch that reads as follows:

Druid Tier-8 Healer 4-Piece Set Bonus: The amount of healing this set bonus grants on the initial cast of Rejuvenation has been reduced by 50%. In addition, this set bonus no longer has strange interactions with Harold’s Rejuvenating Broach.
So now I've been looking into when I should make the leap from Tier 8 to Tier 9 items so here's a stat comparison of the sets as well.

Full Conqueror Tier 8 Stats:
Stam - 381
Int - 386
Spirit - 318
Crit - 174
Haste - 107
Spellpower - 525
Sockets - 1meta, 4red, 1yellow, 2blue

Full Top Tier 9 Stats:
Stam - 520
Int - 520
Spirit - 418
Crit - 256
Haste - 170
Spellpower - 719
Sockets - 1meta, 3red, 1yellow, 3blue

Stam - 139
Int - 134
Spirit - 100
Crit - 82
Haste - 63
Spellpower - 194

While the differences are noticable I wouldn't say they are overly compelling by themselves to go breaking the T8 4pc bonus as your first opportunity. Personally I'm going to focus on getting other gear upgrades (ring, back, feet, belt, etc.) before collecting my Tier 9 set pieces. I don't know if I'll wear the Tier 9 set before the 3.2.2 patch but with the nerf to Tier 8 4pc my goal will be to have the Tier 9 set ready and waiting in my bank and I'll make an abrupt switch in my gear come patch day.


  1. Hi, I am Gargen of US-Vek'nilash. I just started blogging mainly just to do something in my down time...
    I stumbled upon you blog and I have just begun my adventures as a resto Druid. I have the 4xT8 conq set for DPS and will prb purchase and persue the t8 heal set next. What do you stack in order for stats? My understanding is SP#1, Intell, Mp5, Spirit, crit and hit to follow... I am confused by the stats on the conq set for healing as compaired to boomkin... Both would seem fine for healing... I heal in my conq DPS set and do just as well as full blown healers in better gear for our 25 man Ull runs..
    with my gear these are my stats


  2. oh I forgot when healing Haste should be #2?

  3. Yeah basically. I go for Spellpower, haste, spirit, int, crit, mp5 in that order. Haste gets those spells out faster, spirit is a better stat in general when compared to mp5 since it adds to our spellpower, is influenced by kings and I generally get a dirty taste in my mouth when I think of mp5.