So, you’ve hit level 90 and you’ve been doing your daily quests…all the quests! You’ve started acquiring gear and you’ve even ran a heroic or two! Whether it’s for raid finder or regular raids, there’s a few things to do to be ready to start raiding. Level cap and hitting the magical gear score are only a couple of steps along the way.
Yes, I know we just talked about how you’ve started doing those, however, you need to make sure you’re getting your Lesser Charm of Good Fortune tokens. You can turn 90 of those into Elder Charms of Good Fortune which allows you to have a bonus roll at boss loot if you want. This bonus roll is good in raid finder, regular and heroic versions of the raids.
Gems and Enchants:
You need to gem and enchant your gear with the best stuff you can afford, even if it’s gear you intend on replacing. Now I’m not saying to go out and put the BEST weapon enchant on your weapon you got while questing. But you can put on a viable enchant that isn’t best in slot. Check out your character over on Ask Mr Robot and it’s going to show you what it calculates as the best in everything to go on your gear if you aren’t sure what to look for. If you are like me and you aren’t going to spend 3k on a belt buckle for a green belt because your guild can’t make them yet, don’t sweat it. But do put on what you can afford. Gem quality should at least match the quality of the gear (though I don’t think epic gems are out yet!) if possible. You can always check out your character on Wow Heroes too, as they will show different enchanting options when you click on the suggested one.
Food and Consumables:
You are going to need food. The good news is, you can’t really buy any food (except maybe mage conjured food) that doesn’t have SOME sort of stat on it. If you aren’t a cook, and can’t find someone to cook for you, go to the Pandaria vendors and you’ll find food with a lower level buff (please don’t always use that food, cooking is super easy now if you go to Halfhill and talk to the trainer there). If you aren’t comfortable with your regen you’ve had in heroics, get the best spirit food you can buy, if you ARE comfortable with your spirit, intellect is likely going to be your best stat food.
I wouldn’t focus too much on elixirs, but grab some flasks, don’t skimp on these. Get spirit or intellect depending on which one you need. I usually recommend to my raiders to carry 2 per night of raiding since we raid about 2.5 hours a night. These are likely going to be expensive, but are worth the price if you can’t make them yourself. Potions are important too, I would look for both regular mana potions and the kind that put you into a sleep. If you work with your fellow healers, you can usually find a few seconds to get the extra mana out of a concentration type potion.
The last thing to remember to bring is a good attitude and an excellent sense of humor. We are at the beginning of an expansion and in new content. True some people can read a strategy and know what to do perfectly every time, not everyone can. Mistakes are going to happen and wipes will happen. Having a nasty attitude about it will only result in a bad time all around. If you can’t keep the negativity to yourself, excuse yourself from the raid.
Now, go raid my little minions And for Elune’s sake, don’t stand in the bad stuff.