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Ulduar Tier Pieces
Whenever a new tier set is released with a raid dungeon, the first thing everyone wants to know is "What does it look like?". The second query is about the set bonuses. At this point it is pretty much an accepted fact that very rarely are tier pieces the "best in slot" items.
However, when you combine them together you can get some amazing bonuses to various abilities or stats. Ulduar gear is no acception. With recent release of the new 14 boss raid instance, tuned to be a step up from Naxxramas, came a whole slew of new items, including the all-new Tier 8/8.5.
Let's take a look at some of the best new items and tier sets from Ulduar.
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Since there isn't much (as in, nothing) in the way of armor customization options in World of Warcraft. You can't make your armor look however you want it to. That's why its such a huge question in everyone's mind what new armor sets look like. None of us want to get stuck with an ugly armor set that looks terrible but gives great bonuses. That's no fun.
To the left is an image which gives the basic overview of every class' tier 8/8.5 armor set. Colors will vary slightly between the sets, but the basic image is the same.
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Besides the appearance of the armor sets from the new Ulduar patch, the next most important feature of any tier set armor is the set bonuses. By combining either 2 or 4 pieces from each armor set you earn special bonuses uniquely designed to enhance your class and talent specialization. It's a lot of links, but if you navigate by line to your class and over to your spec, you'll be taken to the WoWHead.com page describing the statistics and set bonuses of each Tier 8.5 armor set. Tier 8 armor sets have lower stats, but share the set bonuses.
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Special and Rare Ulduar Drops
In previous raid dungeons there have always been certain items that stood out above the rest. Sometimes these are weapons with their own personal names, like Zin'rokh, Destroyer of Worlds, or Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros. Other times these were bits and pieces that formed up to create Legendary items, like Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, or Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker. What ever the unique item is, there is always at least one per dungeon. With the introduction of Hard Modes, more hardcore named weapons are rearing their heads. Lets take a look at some of the new incredible weapons found in Ulduar.
Vulmir, The Northern Tempest - Keeping in line with the Norse-styling surrounding the Watchers, Vulmir, the Northern Tempest is a very special item that is found in Thorim's loot chest on 25-man. This slow one-handed mace is ideally suited for Enhancement Shamans because it can be used in the off-hand. However, you can bet many Rogues and Warriors will also be itching to get one.
Lotrafen, Spear of the Damned - Keeping in the spirit of naming special weapons, here is another one. Lotrafen is an 3.4 speed polearm that drops off of General Vezax, the second-to-last boss in Ulduar. While the stats on this item have a way of screaming Hunter or Feral Druid, Paladins and Warriors are also vying to get their hands on one.
Serilas, Blood Blade of Invar One-Arm - Serilas is a weapon with roots in classic Warcraft Lore. Invar One-Arm was once one of the first chief assasins for the Scarlet Crusade. Serilas was his sword. Invar even has a statue in his honor at the Scarlet Monestary. We don't know how Serilas managed to get to Freya, but Invar was last seen on the shores of Northrend. His current "status" is still unknown, but theres a good bet that he's dead.
Valanyr, Hammer of Ancient Kings - Valanyr is the first legendary weapon offering in Wrath of the Lich King. In similar fashion as its other legendary predecessors, namely Sulfuras and Atiesh, Valanyr is assembled from fragments found throughout the instance. You need 30 fragments of Valanyr to complete this legendary mace reserved for Priests, Paladins, Druids, and Shamans. The stats on the mace are somewhat uncertain. It appeared on the Armory for a couple of days with the stats linked here, but has since been pulled.