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Looks to be from the new instance Zul'Aman. It seems to be a trend of giving hunters/enhancement shamans a bit of armor negation.
thats because its useful for hunters/enhance shammys just a little less useful as it is for a rogue/warrior plan on trying to pick this up to ditch the t4 helm
This item drops from Malacrass in Zul’Aman.
This item is similar to hunter T5 head and maybe even better for survival hunters . Really funny that Malacrass loot is same level as Vashj ;)
Yea, this helm is VERY similar to Hunter T5.
Here's what you lose/gain from equiping this over
Rift Stalker Helm
+140 Armor Ignore
As you can see these two items are pretty much the same but I'd definatly check out the math on the "Ignore XXX amount of your targets armor"
But this isn't a Hunter only item so we'll have to bid/roll better then Enhancement Shamans to get it :D
The lack of MP/5 on this makes it far and away better then the Hunter tier 5 helm.
Survival Hunters would love this as well, ignoring the socket bonus and just stacking straight AGI into this, you can get comparable AGI to the tier 6 helm.
Nice alternative to the T5 helm -- one of those "whichever comes first" things. The lack of a meta socket is fairly painful, but needs proper comparison against the 140 armor ignore.
It is indeed a very nice helmet for a hunter. However, the lack of a meta slot means you won't be able to use the meta gem - Relentless Earthstorm Diamond which gives +3 crit damage and 12 agility.
An upgrade over Demonstalker Helmet perhaps but not much of an upgrade, if any, over Riftstalker Helmet condering the loss of the meta gem slot coupled with the small stat upgrade/sidegrade.
Though, the loot in ZA seems to be directed at filling the gear void between karazhan and SSC so it's most likely intended to be that way.
T5 is miles beyond this helm. As stated, the lack of a meta socket kills its viability for hunters with high crit rates, and it further reduces the ability to achieve a tier set bonus.
For my hunter under survival spec, every scenario I tried in the most accurate and popular hunter spreadsheet shows this helm is actually slightly inferior to T4, with the exception of an intellect upgrade.
The T5 helm is in every way superior. I'd let an enhancement shaman, or DPS warrior take this first if they wanted it.
Screenshot? Anyone? Anyone? Beuller?
Been farming him twice a week since ZA opened and no luck on this helm yet. Bad luck :(
This just dropped last night, and being the only hunter in the group and no shamans, I was awarded this. Although, I don't think I'll be putting this on over my
Surestrike Goggles v2.0
Anyone else think this helm makes you look like Alf?
Alf's back, And he's in Pog form,
Can someone do a comparison between the Coif of the Jungle Stalker and the T4 Cyclone Helm for Enhancement Shamans?
Will this be an upgrade?
Maxdps.com does not say so, but LootRank says it is.
The reason why i think blizzard put this in is for Surv raid specced hunters like myself. I use the t4 helm and mostly geared ZA/BOJ. This helm has no meta socket, which means u can stack all the agi u want, not only in helm but in all gear. With no meta requirements this would be a tremendous agi upgrade to a surv hunter of my gear lvl, thus more dmg to raid, which is a surv hunters primary responsibility.
This helm totally depends on your build. This is one of the best SV hunter helms in the game. It is not solely based on the fact that it alone has 66 agi (3 delicate crimsons), but that it does not have a meta socket, which means you dont have to pander to the meta gods, which would account for another 20-60 agility loss before talents. This helm allows you to completely gem Delicate Living/Delicate Crimson in your gear, making it superior to the t5 helm.
This only applies to SV spec hunters though, and BM would definately see a benefit in the Rift Stalker, as they aren't as concerned with Gemming as the agi sensitive hunter build. Definately take the t5 helm if presented to you, but don't pass this one for the t4 helm, this is far superior to that helm for every build, just don't be a socket !@#$%.
For raw hunter DPS, this helm is only slightly better than the Demon Stalker Greathelm, mainly because it has no meta-gem slot for a Relentless Earthstorm.
However, this helm carries more armor and considerably more stamina and intellect, leading to much better endurance while firing away. Therefore, it's a considerably superior piece.
Also, anyone stacking armor penetration will naturally prefer this piece.
This is a pure SV helm. The lack of the meta gem is because that most SV hunters do not sacrifice their gem sockets to make that 12+ agility +3% crit damage to work. That and if you put 10+ agi into this helm rather than your t5 helm, you come out with even more agility.
this helm will be very nice for enhancement shammies in the talent patch, since we will be getting 1 ap from both AGI and INT if specced for it, makeing it a total of 143 AP not counting gems or socket bonus
I did some stat comparisons to this and the
Here is what i came up with after converting each point of int to ap and gemming each socket appropriately with the sunwell badge gems to get each the set bonuses.
Coif of the Jungle Stalker:
166ap : 40critR : 20armPenR : 35int : 47stm : ~2% dodge : 861 armor <including agi>
145ap : 46critR : 20hitR : 27int : 8mana/5 : 61stm : ~.5 % dodge : 854 armor <including agi>
Armor pen. is a stat that is hard to come by so I would value this over an = amount of hitR. The lack of a meta gem slot on the Coif is unfortunate but aside from that it is better overall dps for Enhancement Shamans especially for shorter fights and the additional dodge makes it great for leveling to 80.
It is pretty lame that blizzard isn't going to remake the enhancement shaman tier gear, aside from converting str to ap. But great hunter items like that are fine substitutes until level 80.
Did anyone notice? I wore this helm and it made me look like a horse, or some other animal.
the helm itself IS a birds skull! did anyone else not see this?
on another note, i like the dark black eye sockets, it makes you look like a Jason murderer in my opinion
enve though i am a warrior i love this helmet because of the look ^^ is awesome
I used 3 Delicate Cardinal Rubies... lets just say +60 agility on top of what it has makes me nom nom nom.
I was twinking with lvl 70 gear..shh