Claw of Chromaggus vs Staff of the Shadow Flame
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:02 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:13 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:17 AM
I was also thinking about the loss of the crit on the Claw, and the massive lack of +crit offhands (Outside AQ Of course, otherwise i'd pick up a Talon).
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:39 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:48 AM
You're going to need AQ gear to do Naxx, I would suggest giving the head to a Human and spending a guild weekend factioning them up (took us ~50 hours to do the faction grind) and then doing all the associated quests and the special summon bosses.
Posted 05 August 2006 - 12:53 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 01:32 AM
For a long time I was a 1H + OH user, but Claw + OH (Trancestone) I had reasonably available (Nef's quest reward OH is ridiculously overpriced dkp-wise for my guild) would have meant a
Claw of Chromaggus
25 int 15 sta 8 spi 4 mp5 +89 dmg
Staff of the Shadow Flame
29 int 24 sta 18 spi +84 dmg +2% crit
Blessed Qiraji Acolyte Staff
33 int 32 sta +76 dmg +2% hit + 1%crit
As a fire mage I thought 2% crit was nice for rolling ignites, and I found lack of mp5 or spi on BQAS to be a minor problem with otherwise an excellent weapon. Given the drop rates though in the end I decided to go with whichever of SotSF or BQAS that dropped first, and that for me was SotSF.
In retrospect, I do miss the +2% hit on BAQS but that's because other items I was expecting to make up the +hit with just haven't dropped for me, but I don't regret my decision.
One thing however to consider is that my guild has gotten far more SotSF drops than Imperial Qiraji Regalia (5 vs. 2) so had I decided to go with BAQS, I might still be waiting, esp. since we haven't gone back into TAQ much since Naxxramas came out.
Posted 05 August 2006 - 04:14 AM
Naxx drops rediculous cloth damage peices that seemed designed for fire, polarity leggings, rime covered mantle and the 36dmg 1% crit ring.
The spirit on SoSF isnt to be sniffed at either but imo BQAS would be more of a warlock weapon, 2% hit (no +hit talents/enchants) and a shed load of stamina (which equates to more mana for a lock).
Never been a big fan of 1H and OH's mainly due to the fact you're sacrificing a fair chunk of stats for a bit more damage.
Posted 05 August 2006 - 04:22 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 08:11 AM
Posted 05 August 2006 - 08:29 AM
Seems to me like Lok'amir is the intended hybrid item.
Honestly, Claw of Chromaggus should never even go to DPS casters unless they don't already have an ASM or better. It's pretty clearly intended to be a hybrid item.
On my frost mage, I personally use Claw of Chrommagus + AV Offhand in favor of Staff of the Ruins / Staff of the Qiraji Prophets
Posted 05 August 2006 - 08:41 AM
Good luck getting it to drop and paying a decent price though =)
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