To get an upgrade to gear, regem and enchant something.
Easiest, most reliable way to get a new piece.
I got Onyxia’s head the other week and ran off back to Orgrimmar to get my ring.
There was not the same feeling of grandness this time around as there was last time.
Even though it was just two of us roflstomping Ony last time and dragging her head back, I got to present it to Thrall.
He sends you out to the entrance to talk to someone and there’s a whole announcement and head on a spike and much coolness.
Thrall is my BFF.
This time around you take it to the guy down in the Cleft of Shadow who I’m pretty sure is a bad guy in disguise and it all just seems sort of anti-climatic.
I didn’t even stick around to see if the head still goes on a pike.
So I had the ring in my inventory and trotted off to RAWR.
(RAWR is my gearing tool. If you go to the Elitist Jerk forums and ask a gear question they will yell at you and tell you to use RAWR. If you question RAWR they beat you with big words and huge formulas. I’m scared of the EJ forums. I just made my first response post there yesterday and I’m waiting for it to get torn to pieces.)
Plug it into RAWR and sure enough, it’s a slight upgrade, but will require that I regem a bunch of stuff.
ICC was just around the corner so I held off.
Spent 2 nights slamming our faces into ICC. I’m not even ready to talk about it yet.
Pugged a TOCr 25 last week and I fucking won a trophy!
I have used up my good raid roll for the rest of the year.
I have the Merlin’s Robe chest and 4-piece T9 with my gloves being 9.5 off of Koralon.
The new VoA pinata should be out soon and he will most likely drop gloves, chest and pants.
My chest is pretty good (tee hee) and the T10 gloves and pants will hopefully drop for me.
That leaves helm and shoulders as my best upgrade options that I won’t have the opportunity to replace as soon as the others.
Off to RAWR.
Magic RAWR Ball says: upgrade helm with trophy.
Switching the ring and the helm at the same time will still require that I do some regemming, even switching to an older pair of boots and using the new Black Magic enchant.
Looks like a couple new purple gems to keep my meta up and running and I have to switch out 4 spellpower/haste gems for spellpower/hit – can’t drop below hit cap!
Get my gems (thank god badges are falling from the sky) and my hubby cuts them.
Get new gems in and good to go with new ring and helm.
Spend a third night in ICC.
By our 33rd attempt at Lord Marrowgar (for the week, not for the night, I really don’t want to talk about it), we’ve managed to accumulate enough rep from the trash to fucking get our Ashen Verdict – Friendly rings.
No boss down and I’m waltzing out with a shiny new ring.
OK, maybe not waltzing.
Limping, crawling, dragging my broken, bleeding, bruised body back to Dalaran.
Off to RAWR with my cheaply-won prize.
First, I realize that for all my panic about getting the right gems and enchants in the right places I totally forgot to get a fucking new head arcanum for my new helm. I did the whole raid arcanum-less for the evening. I might as well have had a fishing pole equipped.
Second, the new ring replaces the ring from Onyxia that I had just equipped mere hours earlier.
Third, with the swap in the rings, I now have too much hit. All 4 fucking gems that I went from haste to hit now have to go back to haste. And one extra spellpower/hit to spellpower/haste. So 5 gems.
Getting my haste out of gems means that the Black Magic enchant has dropped in value and RAWR wants me back on Mighty Spellpower. Which, to be honest, I’m ok with. I prefer the graphic on the spellpower enchant. (812 haste, woot!)
The haste enchant did not screw me up as badly as I feared. I had to watch my latency on the cast bar a little closer, but I needed to be improving on that anyway.
But wait, there’s more!
We were talking about the Kirin Tor upgrade rings the other day and it was mentioned that there was not a Kirin Tor ring this time, that it was all Ashen Verdict.
I noticed an upgrade on RAWR to my Kirin Tor ring… 1000g later and that replaced my Band of the Invoker I was so happy to get a while back. That I scrimped and saved badges for. Badges that I’m now swimming in.
Did the first half of ToGCr 10 and got the belt off of Icehowl – it’s the heroic version of the belt I already have equipped, so thankfully will not require a mass of gems to be swapped, but with a belt buckle it will require three new gems.
So back to the badge vendor for more gems…