Patch 5.3 has been released, and while not a large content patch, has a lot of quality of life improvements, large PVP changes, and some other nice little gems.
What you need to know for MaxDPS, is that there are now ilvl 600 cloaks available - yes, I said ilvl 600!. These are available as an extension of the legendary gem questline.
Also, item upgrades are back for all existing PvE gear as well as any new items added in 5.3. Thankfully these now cost less valor and should be less of an agonizing choice between upgrading and hoping for new gear!
Keep an eye out, I suspect we'll see 5.4 on the PTR relatively soon!
Best Gold Guide! - I'm recommending a new Gold Guide that has surpassed all others and is now updated for Mists of Pandaria! It is the best gold guide currently on the market. WoW Secret Gold Guide! I've done a lot of research on this, so if you want to to increase your gold before Mists of Pandaria hits, I recommend getting it now!
I was betting it would be a week or two away, but thankfully patch 5.2 went live this week, and with it came lots of new content and class changes.
All stat weightings have been updated using the latest 5.2 SimulationCraft release (520-1) using all the new class changes. So you can use these weightings with confidence while you check out the item rankings which now include all of the new items. Whether these items are from the new Throne of Thunder raid instance, or the two new World Bosses (Oondasta and Nalak), or the new reputations, they're all there!
The Valor Point rewards all have their updated costs (50% reduction to 5.0 items, 25% to 5.1 items) and I've improved the listings so that it's easier to see which reputations are required to be able to purchase the VP rewards.
An exciting patch!
Mists of Pandaria Leveling Guide! - The Zygor leveing guide (that I have been recommending for over 4 years) is now available. Click to Download the Fully Updated 1-90 Leveling Guide for Mists of Pandaria! I've personally used this guide in-game for the previous 2 expansions and recommend it without hesitation! :) Anyway, like I've been saying, I don't make these recommendations lightly, and know it will help you get your characters to 90 very quickly when you enter Pandaria! Check it out.
Some important updates to MaxDPS have been launched in recent days: I've updated the stat weights for all the tanks and healers as those are a little bit harder to nail down, but are now using the latest information. I've also added the cog wheel socket and sha-touched socket information and added a few other missing items.
Most importantly I've added all the item level upgrade information. By default, I'm only showing the lowest level version of the item, but this can be changed in the Item Options tool on the left side of all class item ranking pages.
Please let me know what you think of the updates, or any other improvements you'd like to see by filling out the feedback form on the right sidebar. Thanks!
Also, 5.2 will be launching any week now, and MaxDPS.com will be ready with all the new items from the Throne of Thunder raid!
Mists of Pandaria has finally arrived and for the first time in almost 4 years we have an entire new continent to explore and a new class (with 3 very different specs) to play!
MaxDPS.com is ready! All items have been added! All three Monk specs are now available. Almost all classes have been updated with new rotations, talent/glyph recommendations, and stat weightings. Expect further refinements on this over the next week or so as information comes out for the most optimal setups.
Things have been a little dull around Azeroth for quite a while. However, with the recent announcement that Blizzard is releasing the game's 4th (!!) expansion pack on September 25th, everyone is getting very excited.
I'm glad to say that MaxDPS.com will be ready on release date with all Mists of Pandaria items ranked based on the new talent system and abilities.
Mists of Pandaria is live on beta servers with lots of Annual pass holders enjoying the new world, and of course the Monk!
I have a sneaking suspicion that many WoW players will be playing Diablo 3 while they wait for Mists of Pandaria to be finished, I know I will!
I have just completed an entire revamp of the way gear is ranked on MaxDPS.com. The main change is that stat and gear rankings are no longer determined by models developed in-house. The rankings are now determined by the community trusted SimulationCraft values using the most up to date class ability priorities and information.
For a detailed explanation of why I decided to make the change, and all the benefits to you, the user, please follow this link.
Aside from the details, one large immediate benefit of this change is that now, gear rankings are available for all classes and specs!. I would also really appreciate if you would spread the words to your guildmates and friends that the site now supports all classes! Thanks!
All items from the three new 5-man dungeons (End Time, Hour of Twilight, and Well of Eternity), the new raid (Dragon Soul) and all new crafted gear have ALL been added. Have a look through and plan your upgrade path!
Frost Death Knight - The hottest Death Knight class has been added for some time now. Check out the (maximum dps) 2-Handed version now!
Marksmanship Hunter - Far and away the top Hunter DPS spec has now been fully updated.
Twitter! - MaxDPS is now on Twitter; follow for updates on site changes, as well as general WoW news, thoughts and discussion!