[Elemental] Optimal Gear & Item Discussion
The Elemental 3.1 PTR thread has become an overwhelming thread to sort through, due to the many changes that the 3.1 PTR brought, the bugs 3.1 presented, and it was meant as a discussion for the PTR and the Changes that ensued. This thread is created to be specific for 3.1 Optimal Gear selection and discussion.
This is not intended to be a replacement for Bink's Spreadsheet, Lrdx's Spreadsheet or Rawr:Elemental that will determine personal BiS items, but rather a guideline of what items are available.
What is Best in Slot?
A best in slot item is an item that, when all other factors have been taken into consideration, provides the highest return for its stats. This doesn't mean then that best in slot is the item with the most stats or the highest ilevel. Just as well, best in slot is occasionally confused with direct upgrades. A direct upgrade is an item that increases your DPS regardless of changes to anything else on your character. Sometimes this is useful information, because it allows a player to quickly guage one item over another, whether in the same slot or not.
However, the end result, and the progression to get there, is what I'm interested in showing. Because of this, best in slot is broken down into each notch on the ladder. A set containing best in slot items will be remarkably different for a person who runs only 10-man Ulduar from one who runs 25-man. It will be different for someone who has 'access' to items that are obtained through Hard-Mode encounters.
Gems, Enchants, Food Buffs, Elixers and Glyphs will not be covered here, as they are already covered in Binkstein's TTT Shaman: Elemental and Bink's Glyph & Totem Blog Entry.
Many people have problems with BiS lists, as some people are unable to do hard modes, or only run 10 mans, or haven't even stepped foot into Ulduar yet. Some people raid with certain comps and get specific buffs, while others don't. BiS is looked as the end-all be-all of items, and people generally can get upset when their raid cannot meet certain requirements and are unable to obtain the items. Yet, more often than not, people trying to obtain BiS items are min/max'ing, which usually people not in higher end raiding guilds do not try and do.
With the huge onslaught of gear arriving, and the differences between horde and alliance gear, I have removed the BiS listings for now. If we derive a true BiS list, I will update it at that point, but for now, just read the thread and find which set you are looking for.
"Compendium of Raiding Gear" has moved!
In an effort to make editting easier, and to keep this thread less bulky with all of these links, I have moved the "Compendium of Raiding Gear" to a blog entry.
Elemental Shaman Tier Sets
Tier 10 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 277)
Tier 10 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 264)
Tier 10 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 251)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 258 - Alliance)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 258 - Horde)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 245 - Alliance)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 245 - Horde)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 232 - Alliance)
Tier 9 Elemental Shaman Set (iLvl 232 - Horde)
Tier 8.5 Elemental Shaman Set (Heroic)
Tier 8 Elemental Shaman Set (Normal)
Tier 7.5 Elemental Shaman Set (Heroic)
Tier 7 Elemental Shaman Set (Normal)