I’m seeing a lot of questions about which gearing strategy to pick, so I wanted to give you a thorough explanation.
T20 vs T21 gearing strategies
First, let’s talk about which one is right for you, how to select it, and then we’ll cover ‘why.’
We have four default strategies for DPS to pick (tanks and healers, I’m getting to you).
- Single Target: Based on Garothi (see boss script details), and good for single target fights with mostly T20 and T21 gear. Recommended for Garothi, Felhounds, Imonar, Kin’garoth, Varmathras, The Coven, Aggramar, and Argus.
- Multi-Target: Based on Mythic+ with higher gear, and good for T20 and T21 gear. Recommended for Mythic+, Antoran High Command, Portal Keeper, and Eonar.
- Pre-T21 Single Target: Based on Goroth and good for single target fights with mostly T19 or T20 gear.
- Pre-T21 Multi-Target: Based on Mythic+, good for AoE fights with mostly T19 or T20 gear.
Tanks have a whole bunch of new ones (see, we love tanks!): Raid Boss Low Level, Raid Boss Heroic, Raid Boss Mythic, and Mythic+ for 16-20, and 20+. As of writing this, all tanks are done except Blood DKs, which should finish by the end of the day, 12/15.
Healers are up next and we HOPE to have them all finished by Dec 19th.
What to choose (and how to choose it)
Most of you probably had Pre-T21 Single Target selected when Antorus came out, which was good because you had mostly T20 gear, maybe even some T19 bonuses carefully balanced in there with your T20 4pc.
If you are getting T21 pieces now, you will want to switch to the Single Target strategy. The order I listed them above is the order they are on the Gearing Strategy drop down menu. So to select it, you will have to scroll UP (that has caused people to miss it, and I am sorry about that).
Why two different strategies?
You might be wondering, if these auto-adapt as your gear changes, why have two different strategies? Wouldn’t it make sense to put them all in one?
The number of combinations explooooodes. If you want to include all gear combos with T19 (and relevant iLevel gear), T20, and T21, it gets a bit insane.
It is also not necessary to look at those combos because it is very, very, veeeery unlikely someone has such a strange gear selection that they would want some T19 iLevel stuff, T20, AND T21. That means you won only 2 items for each slot, ever.
In reality, you will span two tiers. For example, right now you probably have a lot of T20 and some T21. If we limit the combinations to a cross over between two tiers, it is giant, but manageable. And since we run every relevant combo for those two tiers (and all of the talents and relic combos you might have as well), being a manageable size is important. It lets us finish up all of the gearing strategies in a week, instead of a month.
Wondering what adaptive gearing strategies are?
I explain what they are and why they are a necessary update to the old stat weight systems people have used in the past (us included).