I was doing LFR on Tuesday and was lucky enough to have Tier shoulders drop. I went to Townlong Steppes to have a look at the Tier and I noticed that the stats were BETTER on the moonkin Tier then on the resto Tier.
Look at that! Those Boomkins have all the stuff I want - more spirit and mastery! Why, I lamented to myself, WHY???
I looked for a druid to whinge to. Oh look, Ambermist is on! I will whinge to her.
Navimie: Why is it that boomkin Tier gear has better stats than resto?
Ambermist: LOL, because secretly all restos want to be boomkin
Navimie: I am tempted to get boomkin shoulders just because the stats are nicer, and poop to the set bonus!
Ambermist: If it makes you feel any better, a lot of boomkin put resto in their offset last xpac
Navimie: You get more spirit and mastery, and I get crit, BLEH!
Ambermist: The funny thing about that is that mastery is exactly what I don't want
Navimie: Crit is the only thing I don't want. I don't mind haste or mastery but no crit please!
Ambermist: LOL, and crit is my best stat between haste break points. We should just trade our gear!
Déjà vu... I am having flashbacks to a time when there was a similar situation, in a previous Tier. It might have been gloves. And I ended up taking the boomkin gloves.
So, what should I do this time?
I am currently using Spaulders of the Divided Mind, which is a 489 item, so it does have better stats. However, an upgraded version of the Boomkin shoulders would be very similar to it. So, what I would recommend is you are a boomy who offspecs resto, use these shoulders! As a resto druid, you would probably benefit from the Tier set bonus and taking this without your set bonus might be a bit of a hit. However, it's a good substitute if you have the other 4 pieces as your set.
But where does that leave me? I've decided that I will NOT redeem them yet. I'll just keep them in the bank until I have 4 pieces and then make my 4 piece set. But damn, I'm tempted. I went to look up what my druid heroes are wearing...
Beruthiel is sporting resto tier shoulders, and with 4 Tier pieces except helm and she is running at
Jasyla is wearing Spaulders of the Divided Mind, with 4 Tier pieces and she is running at
Juvenate has also got resto tier shoulders, with 4 Tier pieces except cheset, and he is running at
So the conclusion? I should be wearing Tier shoulders. Alrighty then. I think I'll just wait until I get my 4th Tier piece and then I'll do it. For now I'll just put it nicely into the corner of my bank, in the first bag.