So, with 3.2 coming out “soon,” I thought I would take a quick peak at the badge loot available with Emblems of Triumph in 3.2. You can see the full loot list (with badge costs) on mmo-champion’s list. We still likely have a couple weeks before 3.2 comes out, so this is really the first time I’ve sat down and looked at all of MMO-champion’s loot for the 3.2 patch. I’ve also been waiting and hoping that Blizzard changes how we’re getting tier loot, but I haven’t seen any indication of that. So, here goes what I’ve found so far…
You can get emblems of Triumph from: 10 man and 25-man versions of Crusader’s Coliseum (with normal or heroic versions), and up to 3 2 badges a day total from the 5-man (2 for heroic & 1 for non-heroic) daily quests. I’ve cut back how much I’m running 5-man dungeons now (and basically not running them at all), in preparation for not being bored out of my mind having to run the daily dungeons over and over and over again once 3.2 comes out, to help supplement the badges I’ll be getting from raiding (For why we’ll be farming the dailies, see the tank spot article from a couple weeks ago).
Spending badges on idols. The first thing I noticed is that, according to mmo-champion, our idols for 3.2 can be bought with emblems of triumph. These are the first things I will be working towards getting once the patch hits. I’ll pick up the resto & moonkin ones, since both are going to be “must have” items for improving my dual-spec performance. These cost 25 emblems of triumph each (so, I’m out 50 badges just for the two idols I need, before I can start on anything else).
- Idol of Lunar Fury (moonkin)
- Idol of Flaring Growth (Resto)
- Idol of Mutilation (feral)
You have to spend badges of triumph to get tier 9 sets.
Also, unless you plan on doing heroic 25-man Coliseum, you really need to plan on spending a couple hundred badges on your tier set pieces. I was originally just going to talk about the non tier pieces, but in doing research for this article, I came to the conclusion that the vast majority of my readers won’t get to spend tokens on anything besides the idols and tier sets. There are a couple options for getting pieces of your tier sets, as there are 3 different versions of the sets. All but the heroic 25-man will require lots of triumph badges. You can read more about how to get the tier 9 pieces from wowwiki’s page on Tier 9 sets by clicking here. The 25-man (non-heroic) version appears to require both a ton of triumph badges (like 45 or 75 badges each) & 1 extra trophy token (for each piece) that drops from the bosses. The lower tier version just costs a ton of triumph badges without the raid dungeon drops.
Since I like the resto tier 8 four-piece set bonus so much (yummy instant rejuvs), I’ll probably just hold onto my tier 8 gear for a while into the next patch, as the 10-man version of the sets aren’t that great, and the 2-piece tier 9 bonus is actually pretty wimpy (trade instant rejuvs for 5% to nourish crits? Um… not worth the 110 emblems of triumph plus a ton of DKP for the set tokens it will cost me!). I’ll probably be able to just save up tokens and then buy the whole set at one point in time, or I can choose to hold out in hopes that my guild will run the heroic version eventually. Either way, it pretty much ensures that I’ll have to farm emblems for months to be able to have a chance at getting the 4-piece resto tier 9 bonus (45+45+75+75 = 240 emblems of triumph + 4 trophies of the crusade from bosses). I’m probably better off just going for 2 pieces of the moonkin tier 9 and just not picking up the resto tier 9 at all for a while, and instead spending my DKP on non-set filler pieces. The moonfire crits set bonus seems good, but I’m just not sold on the four piece bonus for moonkin. Either way, costing hundreds of emblems pretty much prevents me from having both moonkin & resto tier 9 sets, regardless of how many dungeons I run before the following (3.3 patch) comes out a long time from now….
What about non-set pieces besides the idols?
There are also non-set pieces available with badges. However, since the non-set pieces will also have similar items dropping from the various raid dungeons, it may be worth your time to just use your triumph badges for the rewards I’ve already talked about here (idols & set pieces)… and then worry about filler pieces further down the line. Unless you have endless hours to run 5-mans, 10-mans, and 25-mans to farm up badges, you are going to have pretty big limitations on how fast you can gear up with triumph badges. The triumph badge non-set pieces are all item level 245 (same as the 25-man normal Coliseum item level). There are head and shoulder non-set pieces, which seem like a waste of time since you should be using set pieces instead for those slots. The non-set piece helm & shoulders actually cost more badges than the 10-man set pieces(ilvl 232) that you can get without going into the coliseum. There are also rings and trinkets that aren’t too bad, and only cost 35 badges each. It’s probably just easier to get the non-set pieces as drops, though, since the set pieces will cost so many badges (unless you get pieces from the Heroic 25-man version). However, if you have extra badges and don’t have a lot of luck in the raid dungeons, there are options from triumph and crusader badges to fill in some missing slots of gear.
There is also a partial list of Crusader Coliseum non-set piece raid drops up on mmo-champion, which is updated as they get more information about the gear that drops from the bosses there.
Happy instance farming in 3.2!