Spending those hard earned Valor Points (Holy Edition)
Now that I’m not raiding on a regular basis, I’m suddenly very, very conscious of my valor points. While I wasn’t lucky with the RNG in the month and a half I was killing a lot of raid bosses (I didn’t see a single plate drop, not one!), I still hoped. Now my mantra is: If you’re a good girl and do your random heroic every day and pug your Baradin Hold once a week, every month or so you can choose a new piece of gear.
Since every Valor Point is precious to me, I’ve been very, very careful with the order I spend them in. Don’t want to buy a piece of gear I might replace later on in the week. Eventually I was able to make a list of the items I wanted, in the order I wanted, as an occasional raider who has intermittent access to raid loot.
A Pre-note: Spirit/No Haste vs No Spirit/Haste
The points cloak, relic, ring, and, to an extent, boots, force you to choose between a piece with Spirit but no Haste and a piece with Haste but no Spirit. Which do you go for?
If you’re using an absolute Int > Spirit > Haste > Crit > Mastery approach, the piece with Spirit wins out. If you’re using a weighted stats approach (for example, Int = 1, Spirit = 0.98, Haste = 0.95, etc – note that this is just an example and not one of the several weighted stat suggested at Elitist Jerks), then a piece with no Spirit, but Haste and Crit will win out.
Looking at what the more reliable EJ paladins are doing with their gear, it seems that those who are wearing a mix of 346 and 359 pieces are opting for a mix of Spirit/No Haste and No Spirit/Haste pieces, and those, well, the one, poster in heroic raid gear was choosing exclusively the badge pieces with Spirit.
From a practical point of view, as much as my inner big number lover craves haste, a bit more Mana regen is probably a safer bet than a bit shorter casts.
Pre-note #2: Assuming Haste above Crit and Mastery
There are still different schools of thought as to the ideal proportions of Haste and other output stats, however the dominating trend is MAOR HASTE FASTER FASTER FASTER CASTS. I’m also a very impatient person and love my haste. Therefore, this list assume you’re like me and favor haste over crit and mastery.
Valor Points Pieces, In Loose Order of Acquisition for the Occasional Raider
1- Core of Ripeness
For 1650 points, this is a great, easy to acquire, piece for a newer level 85 if you don’t expect to have access to two of the following: Tyrande’s Favorite Doll (long, long hours of Archeology), Vibrant Alchemist’s Stone (Concentration) (Alchemy only) and Darkmoon Card: Tsunami (BoE Inscription). (For a list of what the stats of each translate to in table form see this post)
Your Tol Barad dailies can get you Mandala of Stirring Patterns, but the constant Spirit with an Int proc is far less useful than constant Int with a Spirit proc.
You won’t have to worry about replacing these any time soon: the points relics are the only pve 359 relics available at the moment. And for 700 points, they’re a bargain.
They’re not a huge upgrade from the 346 Book of the Well Sung Song (Vanessa Van Cleef, HDeadmines) or Tattooed Eyeball (BoE Inscription) which is why I opted for the trinket first. And if you’ve been lucky enough to have landed yourself Captured Lightning (Asaad, HVortex Pinnacle), you might not be in a hurry to exchange 41 Haste and 700 points for 12 Intellect and 18 Spirit. (Edit: Thank you Effteeaye for catching my omission.)
However, if you don’t have a 346 relic yet, go pick up a Valor points relic.
These guys are 1250 points each, a worthy investment. Your only other choice for a 359 ring outside of raiding is Ring of the Boy Emperor (long hours of Archeology), which is similar, although slightly inferior due to Mastery instead of Crit, to Band of Secret Names.
If you do raid, early bosses Omnotron Defense System and Conclave of Wind drop Security Measure Alpha and Planetary Band respectively. Late boss Cho’gall drops Signet of the Fifth Circle, which is identical to the Archeology ring.
For 1650 points, you can get this pair of shoes. Spirit junkies can wait for Life Force Chargers to drop off Omnotron, but I gave up a long time ago.
Note that these are BoE, so if you’re pressed for Valor Points but are drowning in gold, you might be able to pick these up on the Auction House, or pay a high end raider to pick these up for you with their points.
I put the cloaks (which are purchasable for 1250 points) this far down on the list because Drape of the Twins which drops from Valiona and Theralion is so perfectly itemized that it’s worth waiting for. If you’ve reached #5 on the Valor Points list and still haven’t seen the cloak drop, go ahead and trade in your points for it.
If you don’t raid at all, you can consider picking up the cloak earlier.
6- Reinforced Sapphirium Breastplate
For 2200 points, this chestpiece is expensive and way inferior to its alternative, Breastplate of Avenging Flame which drops off early boss Magmaw.
The 2p and 4p set bonuses for paladins are lackluster, and even if you are aiming for the 4p (which you won’t get unless you’re killing end bosses), the chestpiece is the piece you’re recommended to leave out of your set.
The only reason that this piece isn’t last on the list is that the tier pants and legs can drop in easily puggable Baradin Hold. If you’ve picked up all the other pieces on the list, have 2200 points lying around and you still haven’t gotten lucky with Magmaw (or you don’t raid at all), consider picking up this chest while you’re waiting for something better.
This are so low on the list because they’re expensive (2200 points), you can get them for free if you’re lucky in Baradin Hold and they’re inferior to Legguards of the Emerald Brood, which drop off early boss Halfus.
Don’t get these unless you’ve run out of other things to do with your points and you’re still in need of a pair of pants.
Why waste 1650 points on these when you can just buy the superior World Keeper’s Gauntlets as soon as you’re exalted with Earthen Ring? If you’re collecting your valor points by running the daily heroic, reputation is one of those things you never, ever have to worry about. You’re magically exalted with everyone before you realize it.
The third glove alternative are the Flash Freeze Gauntlets which are lovely itemized and drop off Maloriak.
If you’re desperate to build your tier set, wait until you already have everything else and you’re convinced that Baradin Hold has something personal against you. Even at that, sell a couple of boots (Valor points boots are BoE) before putting 1650 points on these.
And then, sell more boots and start another set
When boss kills are a rare event for you, it’ll take awhile to get far on this list. But if, for whatever reason, you do run out of things to do with your points, remember that all the boots can be sold on the Auction House. You can also start looking into tanking, or dpsing, which are other leisurely activities within World of Warcraft.Explore posts in the same categories: Paladinning Info, Teh paladin