Let me start by saying I did purchase 2 pieces of T9 yesterday and ran with it in Normal ToC (Full Clear, 1 Wipe).
Color me unimpressed by the 2T9 bonus. If anything it is about the same as 4T8… 8 Sec more SR VS 3 Sec more of Rake… did not see a noticable difference in DPS from the change. I will elaborate on this when I take a close look at a parse (Dang it Zab, I knew I was forgeting something when you were not there last night). Bottom line, looking at recount, moving from 4T8 to 2T8/2T9 is about a wash. It’s not like going to 2T9 is going to give you a sudden 500 more DPS. Not going to happen.
In my opinion, if you are rocking 4T8 and at least have 3 pieces of T8.5 don’t spend Emblems for the cheaper T9, it’s just not worth the 60 Emblems. Personally I should have went with the non Tier Duskstalker Shoulderpads to replace Treacherous Shoulderpads and stayed with 4T8 for now.
Let’s talk about Heroic ToC.
It is brutal.
On our first attempt it was plainly obvious that we don’t have the DPS to even get past the first boss. Keep in mind we have the DPS for XT hard so it isn’t horrible but Heroic ToC is in a completely different league. My guess is early success in Heroic will only be had for guilds that have been farming Hard Modes Ulduar both 10 man and 25.
I definately expect to see more Heroic ToC nerfs unless Blizzard shifted gears and really only wants the truely Elite to have success in there.
We had the first of the Northrend Beasts down to 60% when the worms came. Now maybe we had too much DPS on the Kolbolds but I think that is unlikely. We just didn’t have the guns to keep up with the Heroic Pace.