Actually, I had this same thing crop up just this week. Except it was with characters and not with gear. I have a level 77 paladin and a level 22 druid. I dislike the paladin and love the druid. So I asked around and the general opinion of the people I asked was to level the druid. Another option was to finish the pally (would be my first 80) and get Bind on Account gear for the druid.I chose the second option.
This would be my thought pattern: Give it to the hunter. That 10% exp bonus would result in less time spent leveling/questing. The player then could spend that time on the death knight getting better gear for it. The valor-bought armor for the DK might be replaced in later patches,dungeons runs, etc but that free time from not leveling could be used for anything.
the way i see it is, how much do you play your DK and how much do you play your Hunter? if it is a very good upgrade for your DK and you play it just as much as your hunter then i say go go DK gear upgrade. but if it is only a slight upgrade then you should def. go for the bow!
I'm in the midst of that same decision right now.First off, I'm an alt-aholic. Yep, I raid some, and do my dailies and heroics, etc... but I enjoy the process of levelling characters. I like learning talents, tricks, shortcuts, and maybe new ways of doing quests (but man, I'm flat done with The Barrens).So I find myself at a bit of a standoff between gear. I have enough emblems to buy one piece for now, and I'm not sure who to gear. My 43 priest already has shoulders, trinket and mace, so that's all set.Do I buy the plate shoulders for my 71 DK (who will, in all honestly be probably nothing more than my herb/alch mule), the axe and/or shoulders for my 23 shaman that I'm finding I rather like, or the shoulders and ? for my 41 druid?The only real considerations for me are the following:
Interestingly enough, I can relate. During this week's Naxx, Damnation dropped from the 4H chest. Now, I've been a sword & off-hand mage for a long while now, but the pure awesome look of this staff was tempting me. I had priority under EPGP, but I was gunning more for Life & Death, so I was torn between the two choices.A guildie remarked over Vent that I'd lose a lot of Hit Rating versus my current weapon combo, so I declined the staff. However...a/. I conveniently forgot I had T7.5 Gloves, soaked in Hit Rating in the bank to offset the lost Hit Rating.b/. I also was unaware that +spellpower enchants to Staves had been given a much needed boost since 3.1.c/. Somehow didn't get how awesome it looked after staring at it for 2 mins.It ended up going to a newbie priest in the guild who spent most of that run, running around like a lunatic screaming and dying. He couldn't even keep still for the 4H fight and do as he was told.Really kicking myself now... >_<
If that was me then i would level the hunter because he allredy has a level 80 death night and theres not much you can do with that level 80 death night.
Personally, I open up wowhead and minmax for a few hours brooding over the content i'm clearing or will have to clear on my main... and that usually either makes me hate the itemization and forget why I'm doing it or gives me the answer! :p
I'm probably the most reckless player you'll find, I never actually think about my choices.
dont you need to have a character at lvl 55 to get a death knight?also, when i am asked to give advice i try to give generalized answers so they partially answer the question but encourage the person to explore it on their own and make their own choices.
What do you get the most enjoyment out of in this game?Use that answer to weigh your choices.
I like to place value on purchases of any sort based on how much time it takes to get it, and how much time it would take to upgrade it.For example, take the choice of similar stats badge item or an auction house item. A badge item that takes 40 badges is about 10 instance runs or roughly 10 hours. I can make about 80 gold per hour without stressing out, so if the AH item is more than 800 gold then it would be a bad deal.Going hand in hand with that, I generally have a progression plan for a character. So, if I plan to raid Ulduar 4 times this month, then looking at the loot tables and assuming I win a roll couple times, perhaps purchasing a piece of equipment will be a waste of time considering I'm already spending time raiding which could replace that item. In essence, I do my best to weigh decisions with value based on time. After all, that's what this game boils down to - you can get anything if you have unlimited time to spend attaining it.I recently purchased the heirloom shoulders for a level 30 paladin - the stats boost was great and the 10% experience bonus is definitely helpful. The alternative would have been a minor upgrade to a level 80 DPS set for my priest, and the time spent to get the badges would have been much better spent raiding rather than spending badges. If I raid to get badges, and then spend the badges, then upgrade the badge item by a boss drop, I have effectively canceled out the value of the badge rewards.
Personally, i have played all the classes and i like them all - i just know a lot of ppl irl. Don't ask;)Currently, i have 2 80 Dks, 1 80 Shaman, 2 lvl 70 Rogues in 2-3 servers.I am planning to have a 80 char of each class at Frostmane - EU alliance and im currently working on it.This is what i find fun in wow: Diversity of classes, specs and experiences.So, the answer is quite obvious to me: Heirloom items to keep playing any class whenever i feel like.Yes, i could deck out my NE dk 80... or my spacegoat shammy at 80. But why would i do that? I have all the gear i need to do some hcs and a few raids given the short window time i have to play wow. Oh and... pvp sucks ass atm <- Major reason why i go for alts now ^_^A retired gladiator shaman.
There isn't much to my thought process.1) Which is the best investment overall? Do I buy the plate shoulders useable by 3 classes or do I buy the cloth ones, which are useable by anybody (even if the stats might be blah for some classes).2) How hard is it to recoop costs? If I spend X badges on an item how many runs will I need to do to get those back. Am I willing to put the time in for it? Would I be doing those runs anyway?
If I can't decide, I flip a coin.
I had to choose between Soul Leech and Shadow Burn today, for my PvP spec. I chose Shadow Burn and I don't think I regret it to be honest. :)
I take into account what I enjoy doing, what my guild seems to need (have we had trouble getting geared tanks for raids? I can upgrade my tanking set by doing XYZ...) have we needed more of XYZ type healer than type ABC? My current level 80 can heal ABC, but if I level up my XYZ healer would that provide more guild benefit and thus, me more satisfying raid time!I have too many low level alts right now to play all of them regularly. My 77 hunter will soon be 80 if I just quest/instance a bit.My 40 druid is fun to play, which gives me incentive to use emblems for heirloom gear to speed the leveling process.My 30 mage has the polymorph:rabbit tome, which I would like to use at some point, she has heirloom shoulders already.
I made this kind of decision twice while deciding whether or not to spend my Stone Keeper's Shards on the Black War Mammoth, or Heirloom PvP shoulders for a hunter and shammy that I plan on having as bg twinks (shammy being healer). Though the mammoth may be cool, I figured that I'd get more use out of the Heirloom gear.Atm I'm collecting badges for Heirloom PvE shoulders for the new mage I'm leveling, as opposed to spending them on PvP shoulders that are better than what I already have for my main.