Here’s your news and updates for the last week.
T15 Items Datamined
The drops from the new raid instance Throne of Thunder have been datamined and added to the respective databases. If you’re interested you can go ahead and check them out over at WoWHead. I’ve taken a first pass at a normal mode BiS list, but Blizzard hasn’t posted the trinket information (Proc Rate, ICD) yet. I won’t be able to finalize anything until I have that information.
The only thing I can tell you for certain is that the feral helm is BiS. Which is kind of funny when you think about it.
Set Bonuses Tested
I had the opportunity to test the set bonuses out on the PTR. For the 2pc bonus when you dodge an attack when Savage Defense is active you get the Improved Regeneration buff. This includes special attacks, not just melee swings. This buff stacks up to a maximum of 10, and lasts for 10 seconds. If you dodge an additional attack the duration is refreshed.
I’ve mentioned previously on different forums and twitter that this is an interesting bonus. Essentially you’ll have to take damage on purpose to get the most out of it. The purpose behind this is to allow Savage Defense to recharge. This will require a lot more micro-managing that we’re currently used to, but I think it’ll be pretty neat. Of course the encounter design will be the final judge.
Of course the obvious question, is what happens with the Glyph of Frenzied Regeneration? Well, unfortunately nothing. As you can see here below when using the glyph, the set bonus is not consumed.
Which is really too bad. It makes the glyph almost worthless. I’ll post this in the Class Analysis thread and maybe Blizzard will take a look at it.
As for the 4piece, that’s pretty simple. While the Enrage buff is active any attacks generate 50% more Rage. The key thing to remember here is to use the bonus before using Incarnation to get the maximum benefit.
You can also use it to prepare for or recover from spike damage since it effectively operates as another mini-cooldown.
Someone asked me via RealID if the current season’s pvp gear will inherit the new bonuses in 5.2. I didn’t know the answer so I thought I’d find out. So I copied over Ari to the PTR after buying a couple pieces of honor gear:
So yes, they do.
5.2 in two weeks?
Bashiok made a long post today explaining (and hinting) that 5.2 will be landing in about 2 weeks. Strangely enough for Guardians there is one thing you should try and do before the next patch: Obtain a Terror in the Mists and double-upgrade it.
The reason for this is that it’s not quite clear where all of the trinkets are going to land in 5.2 yet. Hopefully we’ll have some new information soon though.
Guardians in RBGs
I had the opportunity to interview Crass, a ~2600 rated Guardian in RBGs. If you’re interested in looking at PvPing as a Guardian I’d definitely check out what he has to say.