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39 Legion Gear Prep Guide

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  1. Kirise

    Kirise Grandfathered

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    The arrival of the Legion prepatch brought significant changes to optimizing gear for XP-off players. Here's what you need to know for playing in instanced PvP (arenas and battlegrounds, not world PvP). Please let me know if this guide needs any corrections/additions/deletions!
    • All characters in instanced PvP will receive stats based on a stats template predetermined by Blizzard, based on class and spec. Stats and enchantments on gear no longer matter. Trinkets and weapon/gear procs no longer work.
    • Characters continue to temporarily boost to 39 in instanced PvP. All item levels on gear below item level 44 no longer boost to 44.
    • For every average item level you achieve above 44, you will receive a 0.1% bonus to all of your stats e.g. if you get your average item level to 64, you will receive a 2% bonus to your stats.
    • Characters can now use their best armor types i.e. shamans and hunters can wear mail, and warriors and paladins can wear plate. In addition, wearing all of the same armor type grants around a 5% boost to stats for wearing their native armor type.
    The following list covers what we know (so far) as BiS items. Any slot stating "strongbox" means that the best gear comes from blue drops out of battleground rewards (ilvl 47), gained from winning a random battleground. This list excludes grandfathered gear.

    BiS gear is the same within each armor type; weapon and offhand differences are separated by class within each armor type. Please see @StS Ralso 's great weapon guide for more details about weapons and offhands.


    Cloth:

    Head: Master Engineer's Goggles (ilvl 58)
    Neck: Problem Solving Pendant (ilvl 80)
    Shoulders: Enumerated Shoulderpads (ilvl 45)
    Back: Cloak of Coordination (ilvl 60)
    Chest: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Wrist: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Hands: Windchaser Handguards / Royal Gloves (ilvl 44)
    Waist: Royal Sash (ilvl 44)
    Legs: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Feet: Gnomish Inventor Boots (ilvl 49)
    Rings: The Rock (ilvl 60)
    Trinkets: Hook of the Master Angler (ilvl 65), Arena Grand Master (ilvl 55), Major Recombobulator (ilvl 55)
    Weapon (mage/warlock/priest): Necromantic Wand (ilvl 43). Wands provide 5% extra stats, making them BiS.
    Off-Hand: Stratholme Lily (ilvl 70)


    Leather:

    Head: Any headpiece sold by Griftah (ilvl 100, rogue only), Zorbin's Water Resistant Hat (ilvl 48)
    Neck: Problem Solving Pendant (ilvl 80)
    Shoulders: Failed Flying Experiment (ilvl 48)
    Back: Cloak of Coordination (ilvl 60)
    Chest: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Wrist: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Hands: Pratt's Handcrafted Gloves (Alliance) / Jangdor's Handcrafted Gloves (Horde) (ilvl 45)
    Waist: Belt of the Gentle Lady / Bloodstained Twilight Belt (ilvl 45)
    Legs: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Feet: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Rings: The Rock (ilvl 60)
    Trinkets: Hook of the Master Angler (ilvl 65), Arena Grand Master (ilvl 55), Major Recombobulator (ilvl 55)
    ****weapon speed takes precedence over ilvl for melee and ranged melee except guardian and feral druid****
    Druid
    Weapon (feral/guardian druid): 2H strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (balance/resto druid): MH strongbox (ilvl 47), OH Stratholme Lily (ilvl 70)
    Monk
    Weapon (brewmaster monk): Bloodied Arcanite Reaper (speed 3.8)
    Weapon (ww monk): MH = Sword of Decay (speed 3.4), OH = 1H strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (mw monk): MH strongbox (ilvl 47), OH Stratholme Lily (ilvl 70)
    Rogue
    Weapon (outlaw rogue): MH = Sword of Decay (speed 3.4), OH = 1H strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (sub/ass rogue): MH = Jagged Wing Slasher (speed 2.6, Horde only). For Alliance: Broad Bladed Knife (speed 2.0), OH = dagger strongbox (ilvl 47)


    Mail:

    Head: Tarnished Raging Berserker's Helm / Mystical Coif of Elements / Trapper's Helm / Brigade Circlet / Overlinked Coif (ilvl 44)
    Neck: Problem Solving Pendant (ilvl 80)
    Shoulders: Earthbound Shoulderguards / Pauldrons of the Thousand Needles (Alliance) / Pauldrons of the Thousand Needles (Horde) (ilvl 45)
    Back: Cloak of Coordination (ilvl 60)
    Chest: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Wrist: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Hands: Gloves of Journey's End / Fastfuse Gloves (ilvl 45)
    Waist: Collector's Belt / Serpent Clasp Belt / Blackforge Girdle / Pao-ka's Belt (ilvl 44)
    Legs: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Feet: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Rings: The Rock (ilvl 60)
    Trinkets: Hook of the Master Angler (ilvl 65), Arena Grand Master (ilvl 55), Major Recombobulator (ilvl 55)
    ****weapon speed takes precedence over ilvl for melee and ranged melee****
    Hunter: weapon speed takes precedence over ilvl
    Weapon (surv hunter): Pendulum of Doom (speed 3.9), Bloodied Arcanite Reaper (speed 3.8)
    Weapon (BM/marks hunter): gun strongbox (speed 3.0)
    Shaman: weapon speed takes precedence over ilvl only for melee mainhand
    Weapon (ele/resto shaman): mace strongbox (ilvl 47), shield strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (enhance shaman): MH = Stalvan's Reaper (speed 2.9), OH = strongbox mace (ilvl 47)


    Plate:

    Head: Helm of the Thousand Needles (Alliance) / Helm of the Thousand Needles (Horde) (ilvl 45)
    Neck: Problem Solving Pendant (ilvl 80)
    Shoulders: Stalwart Shoulderpads (ilvl 45)
    Back: Cloak of Coordination (ilvl 60)
    Chest: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Wrist: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Hands: Trapper Punchers (ilvl 44)
    Waist: Barthalomew's Belt (ilvl 43)
    Legs: strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Feet: Gnomish Water Sinking Device (ilvl 49)
    Rings: The Rock (ilvl 60)
    Trinkets: Hook of the Master Angler (ilvl 65), Arena Grand Master (ilvl 55), Major Recombobulator (ilvl 55)
    ****weapon speed takes precedence over ilvl for melee and ranged melee except holy paladin****
    Warrior
    Weapon (arms warrior): The Pacifier (speed 4.0)
    Weapon (fury warrior): MH = The Pacifier (speed 4.0), OH = 2H strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (prot warrior): MH = Sword of Decay (speed 3.4), OH = shield strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Paladin
    Weapon (ret paladin): The Pacifier (speed 4.0)
    Weapon (holy paladin): HEALING MH = mace strongbox (ilvl 47), DAMAGE MH = Sword of Decay (speed 3.4), OH = shield strongbox (ilvl 47)
    Weapon (prot paladin): MH = Sword of Decay (speed 3.4), OH = shield strongbox (ilvl 47)


    Thanks @Redgreenblur and @SikTh for posting about the engineering items, @Kryptonite for confirming the gear sold by Griftah, @raziel83 and @Holythane for the Stratholme Lily info, @AlisterCrow for the heads up on the STV trinket, and @Sun for catching the ilvl 49 boots.
     
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  2. Stavie

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    Have you tested out which iLvL average you'll have with this setup? I'd like to see how much of a percentage advantage a fully geared 39'er would have. Thanks for making this @Kirise.

    Edit: I am not sure it is completely correct, but my calculations show that you'd end up with an iLvL average of 56, giving 12 more than bracket average. 12*0,1 = 1,2% advantage. So I assume, the higher bracket you attend, the smaller advantage you'll have.

    Edit 2: Are we assuming Bottled Tornado is unavailable? Otherwise it would heavily boost your item level. With it, a level 29 has achieved average iLvL 74 (Ijustreroll).
     
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  3. Eriwen

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    Why would I as a 39 want an ilvl 300(??) item with no stats, are these given class specific stats in instanced PvP encounters?















































    does not sound like world of warcraft
     
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    Kirise

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    I haven't tested it personally (not looking forward to that grind), but I think your calculations are accurate.

    That's true up until the 59 bracket, when item levels start to balloon from expansion gear (in the case of 59s, Burning Crusade gear). At that point, the higher you go, the bigger the differences. I'm looking forward to seeing those numbers. (Coming soon!)

    The Bottled Tornado (among many other items) turns into a toy in Legion, so it will no longer be a trinket. Much to the chagrin of many a tink. :)
     
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  5. raziel83

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    Unless of course you looted it pre-legion and have it equipped. Then it probably becomes this -

    http://legion.wowhead.com/item=86579/bottled-tornado

    Losing it's on-use but keeping the ilvl 400.

    Or maybe it's just a toy either way.....better safe than sorry imo.
     
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    Kirise

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    I updated the guide with the strongbox info...making BiS 39s the single worst gear grind bracket in Legion.
     
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    Kirise

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    Updated again. The guide could use more specific weapon info for ranged melee, melee, and wand wielders for those who know more about that.
     
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    Kirise

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    I updated the guide, breaking out armor classes. Right now, legion invasion warforged gear is BiS for just about everything. Get it while it's hot!
     
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    Just did the quest chain in EPL for Gloves of Journey's End and the Ring was the only reward for the quest. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME
     
  11. StS Ralso

    StS Ralso Previously known as Spikethesilent

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    That is because of the loot spec system (or w/e ppl want to call it). it makes it so that you can only get gear for you class and spec, so if you are playing a ret pally you have to change your loot spec to holy to get a healing neck piece, altho if you play a hunter you wont be able to get that healing neck since your class isent a healing class. Dont know if I made it make sense but worth a try :)
     
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    This makes sense, thank you for the info
     
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    For a survival hunter, why wouldnt the pacifier be better than the POD if weapon speed is the most important factor?

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    I don't think surv can use 2h maces can they
     
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    Ahh okay. I wasnt sure. Thanks for the heads up

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    Very, very, very useful @Kirise thank you for your time, dedication and work! <3
     
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    bestnecro
     
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    Ummm Brewmaster with 2h axe?
     
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    Mail users can also get Pratt's Handcrafted Gauntlets, first quest in the chain gives them. 45 ilvl gloves

    Quest for the gloves here

    (also brewmaster monks cant use 2 handed axes)
     
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