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Shaman Heirlooms

Welcome to the Shaman Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Shaman specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


elemental
Elemental (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Mystical Coif of Elements N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Aged Pauldrons of the Five Thunders Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Mystic Vest of Elements Peerless Stats
Legs Mystical Kilt of Elements Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Blessed Hammer of Grace Elemental Force
Off Hand Weathered Observer’s Shield Major Intellect
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Multistrike > Haste = Critical Strike > Mastery > Versatility

Haste is better for single target DPS, where Crit is better for your AoE DPS. If you’re going to run a lot of dungeons you may want to prioritize the crit, but I tend to lean towards haste for my casters as it allows me to cast more spells in less time which also improves mobility. Similarly, Multistrike is a higher priority than either Haste or Crit, but I would probably stick with Haste over even Multistrike personally just because that fits my playstyle more and I don’t really care much for multistrike overall.


enhancement
Enhancement (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tarnished Raging Berserker’s Helm N/A
Neck Eternal Will o the Martyr Gift of Haste
Cloak Inherited Cape of the Black Baron Gift of Haste
Shoulder Prized Beastmaster’s Mantle Greater Tiger Claw Inscription
Chest Champion’s Deathdealer Breastplate Peerless Stats
Legs Tarnished Leggings of Destruction Shadowleather Leg Armor
Ring 1 Admiral Taylor’s Loyalty Ring Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Venerable Mace of McGowan Elemental Force
Off Hand Venerable Mace of McGowan Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Agility > Haste > Mastery > Multistrike > Versatility > Critical Strike

Another option I wanted to point out for weapon enchants is Landslide for one or both weapons. I recently leveled an Enhancement Shaman with dual Elemental Force and it was fantastic. I frequently did 30-100% more DPS than other people in dungeons, and often 300-400% higher than the second highest DPS in battlegrounds. Elemental Force procs often and its effect can crit. After a lot of testing, I’ve found Ele Force to be one of the most useful weapon enchants in the game for non-healers (and it’s even good for them if you’re going to do any amount of DPS while leveling).


restoration
Restoration (Healing)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Mystical Coif of Elements N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Aged Pauldrons of the Five Thunders Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Mystic Vest of Elements Peerless Stats
Legs Mystical Kilt of Elements Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Admiral Taylor’s Loyalty Ring Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Blessed Hammer of Grace Jade Spirit*
Off Hand Weathered Observer’s Shield Major Intellect
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Jade Spirit is one that’s particularly uncommon as it was locked behind a MoP rep grind that I found very few people had access to when I came back to the game in mid-WoD. My suggestions for replacements there would be Mark of Warsong > Major Spellpower > Elemental Force. Ele Force might seem like an odd enchant for a healer, but I found that with heals as powerful as they are I’m almost always doing some form of DPS as a healer, and I don’t really need more strength as a healer, so buffing my damage was handy.

Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike = Critical Strike > Versatility

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2015 in Caster, Guide, Heirlooms, Leveling, Melee, Shaman

 

Mage Heirlooms

Welcome to the Mage Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Mage specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


arcane
Arcane (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Versatility


fire
Fire (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Haste
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Haste
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Haste
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Personally, I would lean towards Crit for extra Pyroblast procs. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Intellect > Haste > Mastery > Critical Strike > Multistrike = Haste > Versatility


frost
Frost (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Tattered Dreadmist Mask N/A
Neck Eternal Horizon Choker Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ancient Bloodmoon Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Tattered Dreadmist Mantle Greater Crane Wing Inscription
Chest Tattered Dreadmist Robe Peerless Stats
Legs Tattered Dreadmist Leggings Greater Cerulean Spellthread
Ring 1 Signet of the Third Fleet Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Dignified Headmaster’s Charge Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A
Trinket 2 Discerning Eye of the Beast N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Stat priorities from Icy-Veins depend on what Tier 7 talent you decide to use, which of course doesn’t matter until you’re level 100. You can see their list here.

I would focus on Multistrike where you can, and Haste otherwise.

 
 

Warrior Heirlooms

Welcome to the Warrior Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Warrior specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


Arms
Arms (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Polished Helm of Valor N/A
Neck Eternal Emburfury Talisman Gift of Critical Strike*
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cloak Gift of Critical Strike*
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Polished Breastplate of Valor Peerless Stats
Legs Polished Legplates of Valor Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Critical Strike*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Critical Strike*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Crusader
Off Hand None None
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Crit > Mastery > Multistrike > Haste > Versatility


Fury
Fury (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Polished Helm of Valor N/A
Neck Eternal Emburfury Talisman Gift of Haste*
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cloak Gift of Haste*
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Polished Breastplate of Valor Peerless Stats
Legs Polished Legplates of Valor Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Haste*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Haste*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Crusader
Off Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Elemental Force
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Haste > Crit > Mastery > Haste > Multistrike > Versatility


Protection
Protection (Tank)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Talisman of Evasion Gift of Critical Strike*
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Critical Strike*
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Critical Strike*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Critical Strike*
Main Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver Crusader
Off Hand None None
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Also, while Mastery is higher on your stat priority list than Crit, you don’t actually benefit from Mastery until level 80, which is why I suggest Crit enchants on ring, neck, and back rather than Mastery. If you want to switch the enchants out at level 80+ feel free to do so, but I personally reuse my heirlooms because I level an army of alts as well, so I prefer to get the most bang for my buck by benefiting for as many levels as possible rather than getting maximum effect for only 10-20 levels and nothing for the previous 60-80.

Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Bonus Armor > Mastery > Crit = Versatility > Haste > Multistrike

 

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Death Knight Heirlooms

Welcome to the Death Knight Heirlooms Guide for patch 6.2. This post will cover all three of the Death Knight specs, including the optimal enchants. Please keep in mind that heirlooms are designed for leveling, and the choices of which pieces of gear to use as well as which enchants are designed towards leveling rather than raiding. In many cases the choices are the same, but if something seems odd then I’ve likely chosen it for a reason. Feel free to ask if you’re confused or care to offer other comments or suggestions. In the long run, as long as you’re wearing heirlooms with the right primary stats on it, it doesn’t necessarily matter which ones you choose.


blood
Blood Spec (Tanking)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Talisman of Evasion Gift of Mastery*
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Mastery*
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Mastery*
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Mastery*
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

* While Mastery is the best stat that you can get for survivability, Multistrike is also a very good option for you. If you find that survival is not an issue, switch to Multistrike.

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Balanced: Strength = Bonus Armor > Multistrike > Mastery > Haste = Critical Strike > Versatility

Survival: Bonus Armor > Strength > Mastery > Haste > Critical Strike = Versatility > Multistrike

DPS Oriented: Strength > Bonus Armor > Multistrike > Critical Strike > Mastery = Versatility > Haste


frost_dk
Frost (DPS)
For Frost, there are different enchants depending on whether you are going to dual wield or use a two-handed weapon because of how your attacks and passive abilities work. While dual wielding you want to prioritize Mastery, where using a two-handed weapon you’ll want to prioritize Haste. I’ll note that below with [2H] for the two-handed enchant and [DW] for dual wielding.

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Emberfury Talisman Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Cloak Worn Stoneskin Gargoyle Cape Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Shoulder Polished Spaulders of Valor Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Mastery[DW], Gift of Haste[2H]
Main Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Off-Hand Bloodsoaked Skullforge Reaver Rune of the Razorice
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

In Legion, Frost DK’s are forced to dual-wield one-handed weapons instead of having the choice between dual wielding or using a two-hander. This guide has been updated to reflect that, removing the Bloodied Arcanite Reaper from this list. If you’re reading this guide pre-Legion then you still have the choice of either option, but personally I would get started in preparation for Legion right now since the patch is rumored to be dropping on 7/19/2016.

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Dual Wielding: Strength > Mastery > Multistrike > Versatility > Haste > Critical Strike

Two-Handed: Strength > Haste > Multistrike > Versatility > Critical Strike > Mastery


unholy
Unholy (DPS)

Slot Item Name Enchant
Helm Burnished Helm of Might N/A
Neck Eternal Emberfury Talisman Gift of Multistrike
Cloak Ripped Sandstorm Cloak Gift of Multistrike
Shoulder Burnished Pauldrons of Might Greater Tiger Fang Inscription
Chest Burnished Breastplate of Might Peerless Stats
Legs Burnished Legplates of Might Angerhide Leg Armor
Ring 1 Captain Sander’s Returned Band Gift of Multistrike
Ring 2 Dread Pirate Ring Gift of Multistrike
Main Hand Bloodied Arcanite Reaper Rune of the Fallen Crusader
Trinket 1 Swift Hand of Justice N/A
Trinket 2 Swift Hand of Justice N/A

If you don’t have access to the enchants mentioned above, you may choose others. Your stat priorities are as follows (from Icy-Veins.com):

Strength > Multistrike > Mastery > Critical Strike > Versatility > Haste

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2015 in Death Knight, Guide, Heirlooms, Leveling, Melee

 

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Wildstar Leveling: Stalker DPS 1-25

I was originally going to write guides broken up into sections based on the PvP brackets, but now I’m leaning more towards just doing two different versions, which are 1-25 and 26-50. I might change my mind again at some point in the future, but for now that’s the plan moving forward.

In typical Psynister fashion, the the Medic that I was writing about in the previous leveling guide has already been deleted and rerolled, so it will be awhile before I get back to writing about Medic healing. However, since Stalker was my original main class (technically, Engineer was, but I deleted him too), I figured it was time to write about it instead. I also have some friends that have struggled with the Stalker in the teens and twenties, so I wanted to bump this one up in priority to help them out.

This guide will look at which spells to use, how and when to use them, and how to allocate your ability and AMP points to maximize your performance without having to learn a lot of math.

Turn the page to find out more…

 
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Posted by on July 24, 2014 in Guide, Leveling, Melee, Stalker, Wildstar

 

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Trinity: Evolution vs Annihilation

I don’t play all of the new MMO’s that hit the scene, but I do try out a fair variety rather than sticking to one game forever. I do tend to only play a single game at a time, because while I can split my focus between a dozen different alts, I don’t like to do the same between a dozen different games. One of the big topics out there right now for different games is whether or not the Trinity (Tank, Heals, and DPS) should exist or if it should be done away with all together.

Now, since I haven’t played all of the games out there I can only write this post based upon my own experiences. I have played many games where the trinity does exist (such as WoW, SWTOR, Rift, etc) but I have only played one MMO where it did not, which was Guild Wars 2. After reading several of the posts from other authors over the last few days in response to EverQuest Next announcing that there would be no Trinity, I started to do some thinking of my own.

This article is purely my thoughts and opinions on the matter. You’re free to agree or disagree, and I’m happy to entertain discusson on the matter, pros and cons of different options, and your own ideas here as well. I’m no expert here, I’m just a guy with an idea who feels like sharing.

Turn the page to find out more…

 
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Posted by on August 8, 2013 in Play Styles

 

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Warlock Leveling: 1-30 Affliction

I’ve done a lot of playing around on low level Warlocks over the last couple of months, and it’s been hard to find one that really felt right in all the ways that low level alts need to in order for me to keep playing them rather than simply deleting them before I really have a chance to see what they have to offer. Having played a Warlock off and on over the last couple of expansions, I was surprised by how much things felt…off at low levels across the different specs. We’ll get into that a bit later on in the article. I did eventually find a spec that really felt right to me, and we’ll discus that as well.

For now, let’s take a look at the Affliction Warlock, what makes them (and their DoT’s) tick, and how you can become a successful soul-sucking, DoT’chucking overlord of death.

Turn the page to find out more…

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2013 in Caster, Guide, Leveling, Warlock, World of Warcraft

 

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