Cataclysm Faction Rewards for Priests
Greetings, fellow priests and priest supporters! My name is Oestrus and I’m the holy priest contributor, over at Divine Aegis and the former resto druid voice behind The Stories Of O. The creator of this fine site is busy with some exciting real life endeavors and put out a call for her fellow bloggers to provide some guest posts to this page. The fantastic Beruthiel provided the last one and now it is my turn.
For my turn at the podium, I decided that I would talk about the recently released updates on the new factions that are going to be featured in Cataclysm and which factions should be at the top of your list to grind and why.
So, without further ado, here are my top 3 factions to grind in Cataclysm – in order of overall quality of rewards for priests.
Third Place: Therazane (Deepholm)
Therazane is to Cataclysm what Sons of Hodir were to Wrath of the Lich King. This is the faction that most of us will be getting out shoulder enchants from. Unlike the Sons of Hodir offerings, there is no choice between a intellect/critical strike and an intellect/spirit enchant. There is only one choice for all casters and that one involves intellect/haste. As luck would have it, these are terrific stats for any priest to have, so the lack of choice is not really a bad thing.
Like the Sons of Hodir, this faction has very little to offer other than the shoulder enchants for those that are Exalted with Therazane. There is a lesser version of the shoulder enchants, which you can receive at Honored with Therazane and then a blue quality caster DPS ring that you could possibly reforge to include spirit on it. Otherwise nothing else of real value can be found with this faction.
Second Place: Guardians of Hyjal (Mount Hyjal)
The Guardians of Hyjal have much more to offer, starting with the de facto head enchant for all casters, which includes intellect/critical strike rating. Critical strike rating isn’t too wonderful for holy priests, with the exception of being useful for Inspiration, but discipline priests should enjoy that small boost to their character sheets. Similiar to Therazane, there are no real choices for casters seeking a current head enchant. This is the only one we get.
This faction also offers two blue cloaks to choose from, the Cloak of the Dryads and the Thousand Bandage Drape . Both have very similiar stats and only require Honored reputation with the Guardians of Hyjal. Personally, I would lean towards the Cloak of the Dryads, because you can obtain it at level 83 and it offers more spirit and stamina than the other cloak. The high amount of mastery can be reforged into something else, based on your needs (such as haste) or you can keep it on there, if you feel you are at a point where large amounts of mastery are useful for you.
The most enticing reward from the Guardians of Hyjal, next to the head enchant is the Cord of Raven Queen, an epic quality belt you can receive at Exalted. It comes with a healthy amount of stamina and spirit and a blue gem slot, which you can place a intellect/spirit gem in and receive a nice socket bonus of 10 intellect. Again, the mastery can easily be reforged into something else, based on your personal tastes or needs at the time.
First Place: Horde – Hellscream’s Reach/ Alliance – Baradin’s Wardens (Tol Barad)
Tol Barad has been described as a combination of Wintergrasp and the Isle of Quel’danas, from Burning Crusade. One portion will consist of an outdoor PVP zone that the Alliance and Horde can fight for control of, which will unlock Baradin Hold and provide encounters similiar to Archavon, Toravon and such. The other side of Tol Barad will consist of a daily quest hub and will contain more dailies for the faction in control at the time.
First up is the Shimmering Morningstar, a great one handed mace with a strong amount of initial spellpower and nice all around stats, which you can pick up at Revered. If you prefer staves, there is the Insidious Staff, which could be reforged to include spirit and would also make a nice initial offering for an up and coming priest. The staff is also available at Revered with your particular branch of Tol Barad faction (depending on whether you’re Alliance or Horde).
The real draw to being Exalted with the Tol Barad factions is the Mandala of Stirring Patterns. This epic quality trinket is an amazing find and I could easily see this being equivalent to the Majestic Dragon Figurine or the Spark of Hope, in terms of being a solid overall regen trinket that got us through a lot of initial content. The sizeable amount of spirit works well with Meditiation and Holy Concentration, for holy priests and could go along nicely with the Heartsong enchant that is thought to be a top weapon enchant for priests.
Another trinket available at Exalted is the Mirror of Broken Images. This one comes with a lot of mastery and has a chance to increase resistances to certain types of spells for a brief period and it comes with a short cooldown. I wouldn’t rule this one out, just yet. It could be useful for fights like Sindragosa, where having any form of resistance is certainly welcome. This trinket could also see more use, if you’re at a point where you are good on all of your other stats and you feel your mastery rating could really use some improvement. A lesser version of this trinket is available at Honored and comes with the ability to summon a Fallen Grunt to your side temporarily. No real word yet on what exactly the Fallen Grunt does, but I can’t imagine it would be terribly useful for healing priests.
In addition to the weapons and trinkets available, this is the only faction that appears to offer some form of drake as a reputation reward, available at Exalted, along with a very neat looking ground mount. For pet enthusiasts, there is a Rustberg Gull available at Honored that you could add to your collection.
Runner Up: Ramkahen (Uldum)
They have camel mounts. Need I say more?