Wowhead got you most of the way.
Rawr is now making the beat out of your bad gear situation, so what else is important?
Tell Me More… What’s Next?
So now you have optimized what you already posses, the time has come to see what you could aim for.
Back to the optimization window (Tools – Optimize), but this time press the button bottom right – Build Upgrade List.
This may take a while… It takes about 30 seconds for Squidly’s Resto gear and about 5 minutes for Squidly’s Elemental gear, of course my new PC will probably do that all a lot faster than my 4 year old one.
I Can Haz That?
The end result will be a long list of potential upgrades. By default this is the overall upgrade – no matter what the slot. You can change that to a specific slot if you want to… But why would you want to?
Export for Analysis
At this point it helps if you have some spread sheeting knowledge, but it isn’t essential. You could just use it as a more permanent list.
Tools | Copy to clipboard.
Paste this in a new page/tab of your spreadsheet.
Have a quick look through it and cut out the irrelevant rows.
Pre-80 you really don’t care about the 0.08 upgrade. Likewise if you leave quests in your selection you will be presented with quests you can’t even receive let alone complete before 80.
Now you can see what is (according to Rawr) the best bang for your buck.
You just have to decide whether it’s achievable, affordable and sometimes wearable (instance drops might require a higher level than you possess).
Whatever the case you have now reduced the hundreds of thousands of items down to the tens – and you can clearly see which ones are better than the others!
Filter it out!
If you are using a spreadsheet tool like excel you can use filters. AutoFilter will do the job in Excel.
Once the filter is on, select the drop down for Source and select Custom…
You can put up to 3 filter conditions in here, so come up with some that suit you…
- Begins with “Purchased with”
- Begins with “Crafted by”
- Contains “ToC”
This can be handy as you enter an instance and you already have a customized loot list at your fingertips, filtered down so you know exactly what you want from this place.
I am including a link here to one of my spreadsheets that I used while leveling. It’s in GoogleDocs for your convenience, but I used Excel.
You will realize pretty quickly I haven’t done anything special. The spreadsheet just serves as a low overhead printable source of the info. If you would prefer to stick to Wowhead or Rawr… Don’t let me stop you!
- Min/Maxing gear before 80 part 1 (Setting the scene & the 1st 70 levels)
- Min/Maxing gear before 80 part 2: (Introducing Rawr)
- Min/Maxing Gear Before 80 Part 3: (you are reading it!)
Gnomer and Out, Squidly and Stout!
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