As usual, early into every patch, we aim to get the highest ilvl items first purely because of raw intellect gain that outweighs perfect secondary stats on items.
The most important thing is to get the 4 set as soon as possible. The tier set thus far has, unfortunately, mostly gone into overhealing; however, under the right circumstances, it’s a very powerful tier bonus. Specifically, buffing your Primordial Wave cleaves with the 4pc bonus can be quite powerful.
2pc: When you cast Healing Rain, each ally with your Riptide on them is healed for 175% spellpower.
- To clarify, this works similarly to how Primordial Wave and those targets do not need to actually be in Healing Rain to get healed by the 2pc. The healing from the 2pc is called Tidewaters.
4pc: Each ally healed by Tidewaters increases your healing done by 1% for 6 seconds and increases the healing of your next Healing Wave or Healing Surge by 10% or your next Chain Heal by 2%.
- To clarify, all of these effects stack. So if 5 targets are healed by your 2pc bonus, then your next healing Wave/Surge is increased by 50%, and your next Chain Heal would be increased by 10%. This has a max of 15 stacks.
Our primary 2 trinkets to aim for in raid are Rashok’s Molten Heart and the Screaming Black Dragonscale. Rashok’s Molten Heart, in particular, is very overbudget and should be your #1 priority. The Screaming Black Dragonscale is labeled as “very rare,” so it may take a little longer to see a drop. The Neltharion’s Call to Dominance and Ominous Chromatic Essence are also very good. If you’re looking to craft a trinket, I’d recommend crafting the Idol of the Life-Binder, but only if you don't have any of the other trinkets previously listed.
Our best embellishments are currently the Adaptive Dracothyst Armguards, followed by Undulating Sporecloak, Healing Darts, and Venom-Steeped Stompers. For your very first Spark, I’d recommend actually using it on a Main Hand weapon and putting Healing Darts on it, as you can cleanse the weapon later on, but getting a weapon early is important. Next, I’d probably use the Adaptive Dracothyst Armguards, followed by either the Undulating Sporecloak, which is a nice boost to survivability, or the Venom-Steeped Stompers (this is when you’d cleanse your weapon of Healing Darts).