Am I the only discipline priest thinking about skipping tier 9 all together? I’ve been running the numbers on when to upgrade from T8.5 to T9/T9.5/T9.5+ and it’s not that appealing.
It depends on your role somewhat, but if you are mainly raiding in a role where you are throwing a lot of shields, and thus benefiting from the T8.5 4 pct bonus a lot, there isn’t a lot of incentive to upgrade. I’m probably casting PW:S about 50% of all casts. I’m rarely focused on tank healing and often raid shielding. So the 250 extra spell power most of the time is nice.
The tier 9, in whatever flavour, isn’t really an upgrade until I can get 4 pct T9.5 (the stuff bought with the Trophy of Crusade). That’s quite a long way off. My guild uses the loot council loot distribution system, which focuses on upgrading Officers, then Core Raiders then normal Raiders. This makes sense as you want the upgrades to go to those who are going to be making use of it the most. As a normal Raider (i’m new to the guild) this puts me about number 15-20 in the pecking order of a 25 man raid. I’m slightly advantaged by being a healer, but not hugely so.
So the upshot is that i’m not going to be seeing 4 x Trophy of Crusade anytime soon. I can see maybe getting one or two by the time Ice Crown arrives in 3.3, but probably not four. I’m going to have Emblems of Triumph coming out my ears, but few trophies.
I’m thinking I should be passing the trophies in preference to others and focusing on upgrading the other slots.
What are you other disc priests doing?