This guide specifically focuses on what you need to worry about when leveling up and preparing to raid. Things like Rotations, Artifact Paths, Legendaries, and Talent Choices can be found in the TL:DR Guide and Wordy Guide, so will not be repeated here. There are also a dozen different guides on leveling and other aspects, so no need to repeat those.

Gearing up

Because gear can be Titanforged, there is little point in a “BiS List”. Just run the best dungeons you can and follow these rough strategies:

  1. Agility is just shy of 2x better than secondaries, so ilvl is important
  2. Mastery is the best stat
  3. Versatility and Critical Strike should be kept just about even if possible
  4. Haste isn’t as strong as the other secondaries, but not worth avoiding at all costs

Rough Stat Weights:

Agility – 1, Mastery – 0.62, Critical Strike – 0.54, Versatility – 0.53, Haste – 0.46

These stat weights are specific for what was simmed through AMR taken as an average of an Iskar-like encounter and two lengths of single target, they are not perfect for your character or your situation. If you want specific stat weights, (once armories are updated) it’s recommended to use a tool like Beotorch.com or AskMrRobot, which allows you to run quick sims for a variety of fight types using the SimCraft APLs, and outputs stat weights based on your character and fight parameters.

You can then use tools like AskMrRobot, to generate a list of gear improvements that can be made with those generated stat weights, once you enter them into the optimizer. You can also start with simulating your character directly through AMR. It may seem like several steps, but it is far and away the best possible method for improving your character; as stat weights may change slightly or drastically with changes in your current gear or different fight parameters. You can use these stat weights to generate a rough BiS list based on them.

There are two items that, when paired are strong enough to focus on, these are Guileful Intruder Handguard from Patrol Captain Gerdo in Court of Stars and Tunnel Trudger Footguards from Ivanyr in The Arcway. The 2 piece set bonus is a decently strong Mastery proc.

Beyond these two items, the main reason to focus one or a few dungeons is for Relics and/or Trinkets. Other than that just run the maximum you can as often as you can to maximize your chance for good luck.

Artifact Relics

As I said in the Guides, Fists of the Wind is the best relic trait, and there is some trade off where you need to lose some ilvl to gain benefit from a weaker trait. That chart can be found in either guide.

Ideally, you need 3 Fists of the Wind relics, two need to be Storm and one Iron. The best Storm relic is Roiling Fog from Dresaron in Darkheart Thicket. the best Iron relic is Soulsap Shackles from Inquisitor Tormentorum in Vault of the Wardens. So these are two bosses and two dungeons that you want to make sure you don’t miss out on.

Trinkets

Trinkets have always been a little complicated. Because of the wide range of trinkets available in dungeons, it’s been increasingly complicated to try and find the “best”. Trinkets are also the hardest thing to use a gear optimizer or stat weights for. These are the current best trinkets to aim for Pre-Raids based on the stat weights and trinket weights created by AMR.

**Disclaimer: These rankings are based on SimulationCraft’s base profile run through a 450s Patchwerk simulation. All trinkets were simulated at 840 ilvl with the exception of the two crafted trinkets which were simmed at 850.**

As Of: Sept 12, 20169-12-pw-trinkets
If you have any trinket that is a different ilvl or includes a socket or anything else, it is recommended to use SimCraft or AMR to sim yourself with both options to get your answer. You can see that all trinkets are within 5% of each other, on average, so there isn’t a huge difference between them.

**Disclaimer: These rankings are based on SimulationCraft’s base profile run through a 450s HecticAddCleave simulation. All trinkets were simulated at 840 ilvl with the exception of the two crafted trinkets which were simmed at 850.**

As Of: Sept 12, 2016
9-12-hac-trinkets

If you have any trinket that is a different ilvl or includes a socket or anything else, it is recommended to use SimCraft or AMR to sim yourself with both options to get your answer. You can see that all trinkets are within 7% of each other, on average, so they are all very close.

 

This page will continue to be updated as we learn more information. Happy leveling and gearing. See you in Legion!