Tonight, while restocking the bank, I noticed that one of the Lillis had placed a pair of Spellpower Goggles Xtreme in the first tab.”Oh nice,” I exclaimed, because not only are they fashionable, they have +18 Intellect, which is pretty darn good at level 24.
“Are they better than the Gnomish Goggles, though?” came the question. It’s a good question, and the answer is a resounding: it depends.
The Gnomish Goggles are best in slot for the three classes Lilli plays in this PvP bracket because they provide Stamina, Spirit, and Intellect. The Stamina is key for PvP; none of the other helms available in this range come close. For general-purpose PvP for the three cloth classes, these are excellent choices.
But one of the fun parts of twinking is learning how to evaluate small differences in gear and evaluate them for your class, for the task you want to perform, and for your playstyle.
I put together a simple wowhead search for headpieces available for level 24 priests. To do this, I just set the filters to:
- Max Level: 24
- Filter: Available to Players (Yes)
- Stat Weighting, Preset: Priest, Discipline
This then pulls up a filtered list. Some of the results still make no sense – level 55 helms just aren’t available – but most of them do. The key to reading the results is to look for item entries with white text underneath them – this will tell you how the item is gotten in game, be it profession, zone drop, quest reward, whatever.
There are three helms I’d focus on:
- Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator (+12 Int, +8 Spirit, Lightning Discharge on 30 min CD)
- Spellpower Goggles Xtreme (+18 Int)
- Gnomish Goggles (+9 Int, +9 Spirit, +9 Stam)
Each one of these can be excellent in very specific instances.
The Electromagnetic Gigaflux Reactivator is fantastic for PvE priests. Healing priests will love this because of the high Int/Spi combo, and the lack of Stamina shouldn’t matter because there should be a tank around. While the Lightning Discharge is an awesome surprise attack for PvP, the CD is such that you’d want to equip it early on, surprise the enemy, then switch to something with more Stamina.
The Spellpower Goggles Xtreme are the perfect Glass Cannon goggles, awesome for Lillis who don’t care if they live or die. Mages especially would like this one, with Warlocks and Priests also finding them very useful for putting out raw damage. If you’re focused on DPS in PvE, or in PvP for burst, these are great. Their lack of any Stamina is a drawback in PvP, though.
The Gnomish Goggles are great PvP goggles. Even though they have Spirit, they’re great for Mages and Warlocks because of their high Stamina. The Intellect is good enough, and the Spirit is good for Priests, but it’s the Stamina that sets these apart and is why they are part of the dress code.
It’s perfectly okay to get all of these, and switch between them as the situation demands. Twinks commonly switch out pieces using the in-game Equipment Manager and /equipset macros or dragging the equipment sets to their action bars; this allows them to optimize their gear on the fly.
So, while there’s a best in slot for PvP, it’s also nice to look around and see what other gear is available. Different situations call for different eyewear, after all!