It feels like I'm gearing up in the right order this expansion. Here I am, just turned 80, and I'm in a few nice instance drops and making use of one or two quest rewards. (Did I mention I turned 80!?)
It might be something to do with the crippling expense of levelling tailoring. There just isn't the same volume of cloth in Northrend as there was in Outland, and I can't afford to power level the profession. 10 gold for 5 frostweave cloth? I don't think so. As a result, I haven't managed to craft any of the nice level 80 rare and epic items yet.
And the way Blizzard has opened up epic chains for solo questing, like I mentioned in the last post, means I'm collecting those rewards at exactly the right time. I skipped many of the equivalent quests in Outland, or else went back much later to complete them, and they were pretty much useless by that point.
One thing is clear — getting hit capped really isn't going to be the trivial endeavour it was in BC. The nerf to our spell hit talents, as well as the distinct lack of hit on quest rewards and normal instance drops, means we are going to actually have to work to get capped.
It is still possible to stack a decent amount of hit pre-raiding, and thankfully Alex Ziebart over at WoW Insider has done the work on listing what's available so I don't have to.
But you're going to have to go out of your way to do it. I got lucky last night in my first ever Utgarde Pinnacle run, and picked up the girdle of bane. It's a good start, but most of my gear has no hit on it at all.
If you just wait and let the gear come to you, what you're probably going to end up with is... haste. A lot of haste.
Blizzard has really embraced haste for caster gear this expansion.
I know I'm supposed to like haste now. I even know there are some people who want it. But. Before you're hit capped, before you have a decent amount of spell power, it still sucks. I'm avoiding it. Which isn't as easy as it used to be.
PS Sorry the banner's still screwed. I'm working on it, promise!