Gearing For Heroics (Mage) Chapter 1 - Gear/Enchant/Gems

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So, you just hit 80. You're in greens and quest blues, and you're wondering...what next? Heroics, of course! This guide will not only show you how to gear, but will also recommend glyphs, talents, and gems/enchants. Please note I will be uploading these in Chapters.

Table of Contents
1.Gear - RELEASED
2.Talents - RELEASED Guide
3.Rotations RELEASED Guide
4.Glyphs E.T.A December 18th, 2008
5. Add-ons - E.T.A. December 19th, 2008
--Edit-- I'm so sorry I had to postpone these. I did not have enough time to write the 3rd chapter, therefore delaying the next. I'll delete this edit when I post them.

Context
Enchant
Gem
Glyph
Talent


1. Gear

Head

Volkhan's Hood - Drops from Volkhan in the Halls of Lightning

Enchant - Arcanum of Burning Mysteries


Neck

Emeline's Locket - Obtained from the quest [80] The Admiral Revealed in Icecrown

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby


Shoulder

Dark Runic Mantle - Drops from any mob in the Halls of Stone

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby

Enchant - Greater Inscription of the Storm


Back
Shroud of Dedicated Research - Obtained from being honored with the Kirin Tor

Enchant - Enchant Cloak - Greater Speed


Chest
Robes of Crackling Flame - Obtained from being exalted with the Kirin Tor

Enchant - Enchant Chest - Powerful Stats


Wrist
Ancestral Sinew Wristguards - Obtained from being revered with The Wyrmrest Accord

Enchant - Enchant Bracer - Superior Spellpower

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby


Hands
Gloves of the Servant - Obtained from the quest [80] The Reckoning in The Storm Peaks

Enchant - Enchant Gloves - Exceptional Spellpower


Belt
Belt of Dark Mending - Obtained from being exalted with Knights of the Ebon Blade


Legs
Trousers of the Arakkoa - Drops from Erekem in The Violet Hold

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby

Enchant - Brilliant Spellthread


Feet
Sandals of Crimson Fury - Obtained from being exalted with The Wyrmrest Accord

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby

Enchant - Enchant Boots - Icewalker


Ring(2)

Signet of Hopeful Light - Obtained from being exalted with the Argent Crusade

Signet of Ranulf
- Drops from King Ymiron in Utgarde Pinnacle


Trinket(2)

Darkmoon Card: Illusion - Obtained from the quest [80] Darkmoon Prisms Deck which involves getting all cards in the deck.

Tome of Arcane Phenomena - Drops from Cache of Eregos which spawns after Ley-Guardian Eregos death in The Oculus


Weapon
Flameheart Spell Scalpel - Obtained from being revered with the Kirin Tor

Enchant - Enchant Weapon - Mighty Spellpower


Off-Hand
Seal of Valgarde
- Drops off Gortok Palehoof in Utgarde Pinnacle


Wand
Wand of Shimmering Scales - Drops from Grand Magus Telestra in The Nexus


--End of Chapter 1--

Please post feedback on this guide!

-Kostada

Thanks to Shikamaru for helping me on editting.

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Jiyambi's picture

Needs an update

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Horyuu's picture

Need more MANA!!

I think I have a mana fetish or something, but I try to get more intellect and mana even if my health and power suffers. I would put brilliant autumn's glow (yellow gem +16 INT) in ALL sockets and enchant everything with +intellect or +mana. My theory is that if I have enough mana, I can do more damage over all even if I am not top in DPS.

What do you think?

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I do love having a nice

I do love having a nice amount of mana - however I don't exactly think mana stacking is too good of an idea.

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Very Nice, But...

This is a very nice gearing guide, but i see 2 major problems in it:

It requires gaining exalted status with Kirin Tor, Argent Crusade, Sons of Hodir, Wyrmrest Accord, and Knights of the Ebon Blade. This would take weeks pre-heroically, and therefore isn't very desirable to a gearing mage.

On the Neck, Wrists, Legs, and Feet slots, the gem does not fit the slot.

Overall, a very good guide for gearing heroics though.

Keep up the good work!

~Laseth~

If I'm not mistaken the gem

If I'm not mistaken the gem system works as it did at 70, the gem nomatter color will fit in any other gem socket nomatter the color.

However if you want the socket bonuses you need the right color ofcourse.

For a mage the +4 hit rating socket bonus from 'Emeline's Locket' won't be as good as 19+ spell dmg.

Neither will the +4 spirit from 'Dark Runic Mantle'

So for these items the socket bonus won't mean much overall.

Aavemies's picture

This is pretty good guide,

This is pretty good guide, but how I'll get all those reputation items when you really got to do either alot normal lvl 80 instances or heroics?

Edit:

I myself replaced my greenies with Frostsavage items. They're actually PVP items but still nice upgrade atleast for me. Consider taking them Smiling

Kostada's picture

Never really thought of

Never really thought of frostsavage - however, I agree. They are a good choice for someone getting into heroics. Also to all the reputation comments - I myself was close to those rep levels when I hit 80.

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Kostada's picture

This was done with more of

This was done with more of haste in mind, but this is just for heroics.

-Edit- I'm afraid I can't publish anymore guides at this moment. I'm just too busy right now to write anything. Once this rush is over (Most likely on my winter vacation) I'll write the rest. Sorry for the inconvenience. Sad

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off

Off for a bit....

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Ijovan's picture

Hm, was looking for

Hm, was looking for something like this. But with all the gear and all enchants plus the gems you sugguested you hardly reach 5% on all gear. With talents that could become a maximum of 8% which is realy realy low, considering that hit is still one of the best pure-dps-stats until you cap it.
Correct me if I'm wrong. Eye

Jame's picture

Suggestion: Make the

Suggestion: Make the "Talents" in your Table of Content a link to your Chapter 2.

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Ah

Ah, thank you, Jame. I'll do that right now.

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Benhir's picture

I'm loinv' it!

Wonderful Job, really impressive. I have just to say that the gem you listed for the neck is for a red socket while the neck has only 1 yellow slot.

Too bad that the "basic" mage guides (leveling talents, spell rotations etc.) are outdated now.

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I

Well, if we need guides like that I can indeed write one. Smiling

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Jame's picture

Nice one Kostada! And thank

Nice one Kostada!

And thank you Shikamaru for helping out Eye

Hmm...

Like this guide will try it out.
Got a question will this gear / enchant make me reach the hit cap?
and also noted that for the neck you put a red gem but the socket
seems to be yellow


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Also

Also need to remember this is just for heroics - I might post a naxx 10 gear guide in the near future.

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Oki

Well the gear for Heroics ( most difficult) and gear for normal Naxxramas is almost the same just get 1 or 2 epic Heroic Items and you're ready to go!


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Kostada's picture

The reason

The reason I used a red gem is because socket bonuses don't matter much. And I can add up the +hit in it to see if it does.

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The good thing is I

The good thing is I'm already done with the 2nd chapter. I'm just waiting for tomorrow to post it.

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Shadowy's picture

You think this gear is also

You think this gear is also fine for priests? That way I can use it too Eye
And if not, can you make such a guide for priests, I'm jealous Sticking out tongue

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I think,

I might make a guide for shadow priests also. Since I'm not totally sure if it will/will not work with it, I don't know as of yet.

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Shikamaru's picture

You forgot some spaces here

You forgot some spaces here and there and some links/codes are broken, easily fixable though Smiling

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Yes. I am fixing those right

Yes. I am fixing those right now, notice them while skimming through to check it Smiling Thank you.

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Shikamaru's picture

Alright, sounds good. What

Alright, sounds good.

What do you think of the end result ? Smiling

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Just went through to make

Just went through to make sure that all the links work. They indeed do, I fixed the one that was broken also.

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Shikamaru's picture

Great!

Great! Smiling

By the way, redo the 'Context' section, the colors don't match with those in the guide anymore Smiling

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Hm, really?

Hm, really?

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Shikamaru's picture

I mean that you should make

I mean that you should make them Bold Smiling

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Oh, I see! Thank you. Will

Oh, I see! Thank you. Will do that right now.

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I think it looks pretty

I think it looks pretty good. I took the liberty of also linking the npcs/zones.

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Shikamaru's picture

Yeah, it indeed looks way

Yeah, it indeed looks way better than before Smiling

And, good job!

Shikamaru's picture

Looks way better now! by

Looks way better now! Smiling

by the way, redo the context now, or it won't match the colors, hehe Sticking out tongue

Going to try something

Head

Volkhan's Hood

Enchant - Arcanum of Burning Mysteries


Head: Volkhan's Hood

Enchant - Arcanum of Burning Mysteries


What looks better?

Shikamaru's picture

Also, you could make the

Also, you could make the Neck, Hands, Enchants and Gems Bold.

Example:

Feet

Sandals of Crimson Fury

Gem - Runed Scarlet Ruby

Enchant - Enchant Boots - Icewalker

Shikamaru's picture

I'm on a roll

I'm on a roll today,

Another suggestion:

You could add additional information to every item.

Example:

Gloves of the Servant, Quest Reward from [80] The Reckoning.

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Thank

Thank you so much! I was going to get to that in a little bit, but now I have some time and can do it. Smiling

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Kostada's picture

Possibly,

Possibly, could you tell me the code for quests?

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Shikamaru's picture

It's exactly the same as

It's exactly the same as items, same code, just a different HTML link.

Shikamaru's picture

Yes, now we are getting

Yes, now we are getting somewhere!

About the font size:

Use a bigger font size for the ToC, Gear etcetra.

Example:

You could use this: [ size=15 ][ b ]Table of Contents[ /b ][ /size ] (without the spaces again)

It'll look like this:

Table of Contents

Shikamaru's picture

Looking better now, but

Looking better now, but still a bit hard to read.

I suggest doing the following:

Enchant - Arcanum of Burning Mysteries

Make the enchant Bold, and put a '-' between the enchant and the item.

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Done.

Done on separating this. Smiling Thank you Shika!

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Thank

Thank you. I'll get on it right now.

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Shikamaru's picture

Also, you could separate the

Also, you could separate the guide into pieces with this code:

[ hr ] (without the spaces of course! Smiling)

Example:

Head

bla bla enchant/gem


Shoulders

bla bla enchant/gem

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Ahh!

Ah! One little question, though. Do you put that right at the start? --EDIT-- Oh, never mind. Figured it out. Will do it right now.

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Shikamaru's picture

Aye, tell me if you are

Aye, tell me if you are having trouble with the coding, I can help you out Smiling

Kostada's picture

Okay,

Okay, everything should be all good now. Smiling -Edit- I am still formatting the gems/enchants, bare with me.

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Shikamaru's picture

Also, I'd use a different

Also, I'd use a different color for Enchants / Gems, it's hard to read this way.

Another suggestion:

Use spaces between Gem + 'item name'
This'll make it easier to read Smiling

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Thanks,

Thanks, ya this was my first time using the bar, I was just testing that out. Fixing that plus codes.

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I can

I can see that some of the item codes did not upload correctly. I will fix this A.S.A.P.

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Ah

I obviously messed up on formatting it. It's fixed now.

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