Patches come out, new factions arise, and new areas offer untold rewards. This has been no different with 2.1.
The problem for a casual gamer like myself is knowing how to prioritize your time. With only so much time to play, I never feel like I can just spend a couple days playing around in a new area to see if there is anything of interest there for me. Plus, time constraints always make me feel like I’m not advancing fast enough on the things I want to get done, let alone exploration into uncharted territories.
So when I read about the new factions and areas that came out along with the 2.1 patch, I didn’t see anything that would take me away from my quest to get Kara attuned and acquire better gear.
That may have changed with Ecanem’s reply to my Weekend Update post.
He (she?) said they had recently purchased a Badge of Tenacity for 600G that really boosted their stats. I didn’t recall that item so I looked it up. Turns out the Badge of Tenacity is a trinket that gives you 308 armor (yes, that’s not a misprint), and a “use” function that raises your agility by 150 for 20 seconds. I’m not a big fan of trinkets, but that’s a damn nice trinket!
Reading through the comments on WoWhead, you get this trinket in the new Ogri’La area. Read the comments yourself, but basically you farm various mobs in the area for days to get a Depleted Badge, then combine it with 50 Apexis Shards. The only good new? By the time the Depleted Badge drops, you’ll probably have tons of Shards. Based on the comments, that’s it – no multi-part quests, no travelling all over Azeroth, just a couple days of farming and you’ve got yourself a 300+ armor trinket.
You could just buy one like Ecanem did. The trinket that gets created is Bind on Equip, so it can be bought and sold. If they really are going for 600G, then that wouldn’t be a bad payday for a couple days farming either.
Thanks for the comment Ecanem – this is a great tanking trinket and I will definitely be farming for this while I try to pull together my Black Morass run. I checked out the Bear tanking list and didn’t see it on the list, so I visited the Druid forum to see if Emmerald had plans to update the list. Sure enough, he’s got a sticky forum post specifically for reporting items not on the list. I reported this trinket. It appears that Emmerald does plan on keeping the list up to date.
By the way Ecanem – there was a good suggestion in the WoWHead comments. Combine the Badge of Tenacity with Moroes’ Lucky Pocket Watch for a good sustained major bump to dodge for 30 seconds (they don’t share the same cooldown timer).