Out in the real world, itâ€™s a goddamn miracle when I manage to throw together professional-looking attire before the sun comes up. Most of my wardrobe color coordinates in such a fashion that Iâ€™d need to make a grievous error in judgment to look like a fool, and that suits me just fine. Unless thereâ€™s a particularly important meeting in which I need to impress my decades-older colleagues, I never plan my outfits in advance. I havenâ€™t even looked at wedding dresses yet.
In game, however, where the cool factor of any armor is hopelessly shrouded by a large-assed, gaping mouth bear, I carefully consider each option. I make lists. I (occasionally) use a calculator and cross-reference rating values. WoW is geared, no pun intended, toward end-game content, where thereâ€™s little room for improving your character beyond armor and weapons. Thus, to prepare for Naxxramus, Iâ€™ve been following the lead of my fellow Crushtaceans and have assembled a preliminary tanking â€œwishlist.â€
This list only takes into account Rare or Epic quality items from Heroic dungeons, items obtainable through BoE World Drops, or BoE Leatherworking craftables. As was the case with Burning Crusade, I imagine weâ€™ll see some quest items and/or Normal drops that will be on par or better than these (i.e. Umbrahowlâ€™s Collar, Supple Leather Boots, Manimalâ€™s Cinch, being better than initial pre-buffed Karazhan gear etc.), but remember that this list is rudimentary at best. All items are subject to change often, and may be edited to reflect stat revaluing. Suggestions are welcome, especially as we find out where some of these mystery items drop.
Crystal Infused Tunic (Keristraza, Nexus)
Gilt-Edged Leather Gauntlets (King Ymiron, Utgarde Pinnacle)
Sharp-Barbed Leather Belt (Ingvar the Plunderer, Utgarde Keep)
Idol of Perspicacious Attack (30 Venture Coins)
It’s a start. What are you wearing?