When I posted this originally I didn’t have all the loot available. Updated as of 21 August it now includes all the Trial of the Champion loots. The items here are not always the very best in slot, but they are easy to get and the set would see you into raiding all content with reasonable dps.
Conqueror’s Aegis Helm (t8.5) – 58 Emblems of Conquest
Spiked Battleguard Choker – 19 Emblems of Conquest (45 hit)
Majestic Silversmith Shoulderpads – Heroic Trial of the Champion
Hammerhead Sharkskin Cloak – 25 Emblems of Valor
Conqueror’s Aegis Chestplate (t8.5) – 58 Emblems of Conquest (79 hit)
Wristbands of the Sentinel Huntress – 60 Emblems of Valor
Bladebreaker’s Gauntlets – 28 Emblems of Conquest
Belt of the Singing Blade – 28 Emblems of Conquest
Legplates of the Violet Champion – 39 Emblems of Conquest
Plated Greaves of Providence – Heroic Trial of the Champion
Or if you have the cash to farm the mats these are a little bit better:
Battlelord’s Plate Boots – Blacksmithing
Ring of Invincibility – 25 Emblems of Valor
Uruka’s Band of Zeal – Trial of the Champion
Trinkets (2 from these in order of preference)
Darkmoon Card: Greatness – you need an (expensive) deck of Noble cards for this, but its still the third best trinket in game behind the two versions of Death’s Verdict
Banner of Victory – Trial of the Champion
Meteorite Wheststone – Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle
Marrowstrike – Heroic Trial of the Champion
Libram of Valiance – 25 Emblems of Triumph
This set will give you the tier 8.5 two piece set bonuses, which is good. You won’t be hit capped and will have to gem/enchant for that. I have recommended taking some new items in this version so that you fill the Shoulder and Hand slot. I would then recommend that you pick up the Tier 9 tokens in those slots, costing 30 Emblems of Triumph each. Do the Heroic Daily every day and these eventually become easy to get. If you genuinely don’t intend to raid this is the best optimisation of your gear. If you are gearing up to raid then these will look good when someone is assessing your gear.
The Libram is awesome and really worth spending you first Emblems of Triumph on.
Emblems of Valor needed: 60 + 25 + 25 = 110
Emblems of Conquest needed: 58 + 19 + 58 + 28 + 28 + 39 = 230
Emblems of Triumph needed: 25 (+ 60 later = 85)
Heroic Trial of the Crusader drops: 3
Normal Trial of the Crusader drops: 2
Heroic Utgarde Pinnacle drops: 1 (or a lot of cash)
Availability of Emblems:
So you need 340 Emblems of Conquest, some of which you will change down for Emblems of Valor.
If you don’t raid (and thats who this list is really aimed at) then heroics drop 36 badges. You can do these every day so thats 252 badges a week. If you have the time you can do this in 11 days without setting foot in a raid. Realistically its going to take longer than that of course, and you will definitely be better off if you pug at least some raids (even if all you get is throwaways and badges). Emblems of Triumph can be obtained at the rate of 14 per week. So thats just over 2 weeks for the Libram and nearly 3 weeks per tier token for the Shoulders and Gloves. But for those who don’t raid and for those little ret pala alts you’re all levelling then this is for you.
Updated 4 October 2009