Sep 282012
 

By Ghoztt

With the release of the new operation comes new gear upgrades! This tier is designated the Dread Guard set and shares the same skin as the Black Hole and Campaign sets. Don’t worry, though, they are a different color so you can tell them apart! Sarcasm aside, an upgrade is an upgrade, no matter how small. For you min-maxers out there, you have all new armoring, mods and enhancements to sort through to optimize your gear providing hours of fun looking at spreadsheets. And no, that statement wasn’t sarcasm. 🙂

To be fair, at least the colors are toned down

At first glance, the new gear may not seem like a very big upgrade, but combined with a full set of 14 slots, it adds up to be fairly significant. Those of you who are min-maxed in all level 61 (rank 26) modifications are probably at the point where your main stat gives you diminishing returns. These new mods will allow you to start changing out your augments that have your main stat in them for other augments to supplement stats you are lacking. The new mods are level 63 which, for dps and healers, will increase armoring by +4 main stat/+3 endurance and mods by +3 main stat (if you are min-maxing properly). Tank armorings are reversed and will receive +4 endurance/+3 main stat to armorings and +3 to endurance/main stat.

Tasty new mods!

Sadly, the gear itemization for some sets still don’t make sense in the way they are set up. This forces players to pick gear out of a different advance classes’ set in order to get the mods that they want. This One of the more positive changes of the new gear, though, is the ability to fine tune your offhand if you had a generator, focus or shield previously. It just provides more slots where you can pick and choose the proper modifications that work out the best for your character and style of play. Oddly enough, there still are no signs of the new tier ear pieces from any vendors so I can only assume that these pieces will be drops from hard mode bosses in operations.

Moddable offhands!

Despite my complaints of the skin, the new gear is a nice upgrade over the previous tier. Undoubtedly, there will be some skilled groups who will be able to clear hard mode Terror from Beyond in their current equipment, but having the higher level gear only makes things easier for everyone in the operation. Speaking of which, stay tuned for upcoming strategy guides to story and hard mode TFB! Ready check done? Pulling in 3… 2… 1…

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