Jov sez: Does this Robe make my butt look fat?June 16, 2009
A few weeks ago, we got an email requesting we update/continue Dwarfpriest’s lovely gear list. Well, this post is to say sorry, but we’re not going to be doing that.
Why no gear lists?
Short answer: I’m lazy. More accurate answer: lists are somewhat misleading. Contrary to the implications of some, I don’t feel that there’s a universal stat measurement that holds true to every individual of the same class/spec in every situation. I’m not really talking the difference between the needs of a Holy and Disc priest when it comes to gearing (because I think everyone here can agree that they’re not gonna be using the same priorities) but more the difference in the needs between Boo and Sarahbutt (shut up, I’m using my cats. You know you’ve done it, too…), two Holy Priests with very different priorities and needs.
Boo is in a guild just starting on Mimiron in Ulduar 25. She finds herself placed almost exclusively on raid healing. Her primary heals in a given night tend to be CoH, ProM, and Flash-hasted PoH. She’s worked hard on getting her haste up because she’s in a very competitive raid healing team, but now is finding herself hurting a bit in the crit and regen departments. She’d like to work on that, but is completely unwilling to sacrifice haste to do so.
Sarahbutt is in a smaller guild and duo-healing the pants out of Naxx-10 with her buddy the resto druid. She’s thought about going Disc, but can’t bring herself to give up the fun toys in deep holy. Even still, she finds herself healing tanks pretty often, so has worked on upping her crit and regen as much as possible to take advantage of SoL and HC procs for her, Inspiration for her tank. Her primary spells are Flash, Flash-hasted Greaters, ProM and CoH. She feels she’s currently pretty good where she’s at, but loves the big numbers more crit grants her, so is always keeping an eye out for more of it.
If you’re going by best in slot gear lists, certain values have been assigned to certain stats to hold true for everyone of that spec/class. Dwarfpriest used the following:
Here are the stat weights used:
To translate, mp5 is valued approx twice as much as spirit and spellpower, three times as much as haste, and six times as much as crit. Haste is valued twice as much as crit. Her Int:Spirit ratio is 1.3:1. I’m not going to get into my opinions of her weights, I’m just using them as an example. That is a best in slot list for Dwarfpriest, her weights worked for her.
What works for Dwarfpriest doesn’t necessarily work for Sarahbutt or Boo. Or you. Or me. Likewise, any list I come up with will work for me, but not necessarily anyone else, either. There is no universal stat weight list that works best for everyone.
So what’s the tl;dr?
In short, it’s this: Stat weights vary based not just on class and spec, but based on task, content, raid group, current gear/stats, and healing style. In short, they’re always changing.
In the above example, Boo‘s current gear weighs Haste and Spellpower higher than Crit and Regen. For upgrades, she would like to give Crit and Regen more import (increasing their weight) without losing her high focus on Haste (maintaining it’s weight).
Sarahbutt, on the other hand, gives higher weights to Crit and Regen. Spellpower is middling, and Haste is barely a blip on her radar. Her future gear plan follows this trend.
It would be impossible for me to make a post outlining BiS gear when weights are so very subjective. I admire the people who attempt to do it, but… it’s not for me.
And fear not, gentle readers. Next week, there will be a guest post outlining exactly how to determine stat weights, for those of you who want an actual answer.