I wanted to make a quick down and dirty guide to all the things that people can do to make sure they’re raid ready. I know there’s a lot, especially this expansion, and not everyone has the time to go research everything — or will remember each part — so I’m doing what I can to help by making a nice concise list y’all can just skim through to check.
First, let’s make sure everyone knows about these standard resources:
- Ask Mr. Robot: I assume everyone is using AMR already, but if not, definitely start. You’ll occasionally see some really pro player saying that AMR is “wrong,” but that’s generally not the case. Either way, none of us are so good at math that we’re gonna come up with something better on our own.
- Premium AMR: If you want to really get the most out of Mr. Robot, it’s only 12 dollars a year for their premium option. And with this, you get the Best in Bags feature. This feature will look through your bags, and tell you what the absolute best combination is. It’s great for figuring out if that drop you just got is better than what you’re wearing. It’s also incredibly helpful when you’re trying to figure out which legendaries, and which tier bonus pieces you should be combining for maximum effect.
- Icy Veins: Again, you’ll find people saying “Icy Veins is wrong” but for the most part, their contributors have spent more time mathing out your abilities than you ever will.
HOWEVER, one caveat: If either of these resources suggest something that simply doesn’t gel with your playstyle at all, ignore that particular piece of advice. For example, if Icy Veins suggests a talent that you just can’t seem to use correctly…then ignore it and pick the talent you can use properly, even if it means lower “theoretical DPS.” Or if AMR suggests a trinket that you can’t work right? Then tell it which trinkets you want instead and let it work around your choice (I can help tell people how to do that if they need). Don’t beat yourself over the head trying to do something that just isn’t working for you personally.
Alright, now as far as keeping your gear raid ready:
- Use the relinquished vendor: Have any gear below 910 still? If so, you can get 910 gear from the relinquished vendor in the vindicaar. He sells them for around 650 pristine argunite…the currency you get for most of the Argus weekly quests and rares and whatnot. Hell, you may have enough of them right now if you haven’t been paying attention to that. Also, his gear can titanforge, possibly giving you a really nice free piece.
- Do the greater invasion each week: Again, this drops 930 pieces. Doesn’t drop them often, but hey…at least there’s a chance, right? And they can titanforge too. Plus it only takes a minute if you find a group in the group finder.
- Gem and enchant your gear: This takes moments. Can’t afford the epic gems and enchants? Fine, get the cheap ones, which are often just a couple hundred gold. That’s still far better than nothing. And if you need help affording them? Just ask. For real. If nobody gems and enchants, then it’s basically like losing an entire DPS. I’ll spend some extra gold to avoid that if I have to.
- Upgrade your ledgies: If your ledgies aren’t iLevel 1000, then you gotta get this done. You get Wakening Essences each week just from raiding, so you can upgrade both of your equipped legendaries pretty fast even if you don’t do anything else. If you *do* do extra stuff, like daily heroics, or world quests, you can upgrade them even faster! Probably within a week. If you want to know more about this, I previously made a guide for you here.
The Netherlight Cruible is also important, even if it’s kind of a confusing little addition to the game:
- Unlock it: This gets unlocked via the quests in Argus. When you unlock the Netherlight Crucible, you’re suddenly able to add additional traits to each of your relics. You’re also able to increase the iLevel of your weapon by 15 levels. Weapon iLevel has always been very important in this game, and I assume it still is. So, missing out on a free 15 level bump would be silly.
- Get your weapon to artifact level 75: Artifact knowledge just naturally goes up each week, these days. So, each and every week, AP bars get easier to fill. Right now, AP tokens are increased by 630 million percent from their base values. This makes getting to level 75 a reasonable goal. After 75, you can certainly keep pouring AP into your weapon for better and better concordance buffs, sure…but getting to 75 is the *most* important number because that allows all your Netherlight Crucible traits to be active.
- Return to the Crucible when you get new relics: Remember that these traits aren’t tied to the weapon itself…they’re tied to the relics. So, if you get a sweet new relic drop, you have to return to the Crucible to assign new traits to it. If you forget to do that after switching out relics, then it’s like you never unlocked the Crucible in the first place.