I thought I was safe. When the new items from Zul’Aman and Heroic Badges were first announced, I plopped them into a spreadsheet to compare against my Primal Mooncloth Set. I breathed a sigh of relief to discover that, even though I’d look the same way I’ve looked for the past 4-6 months, at least I wouldn’t have to dress in jungle chic for the sake of stats. And then I went to Zul’Aman. We killed Halazzi and the [Shimmer-pelt Vest] dropped, an item that I initially discounted as a “downgrade” from my Primal Mooncloth. As the only Druid there, however, I picked it up anyway. After all, it was obviously a direct upgrade over the leather [Stonebough Jerkin] I had sitting in my bank.
After the raid, I decided to revisit the leather items corresponding to my PMC pieces: the tunic, belt, and shoulders. One of the issues I had difficulty with was placing a value on the Primal Mooncloth set bonus. After all, 5% of mana regeneration while casting will scale with your current Spirit. To avoid comparing apples to oranges, I converted this bonus to its MP5 equivalent, using the “mana regenerated while not casting” value you get when you mouseover your Spirit in the character window and multiplying it by 0.05:
Mp5-equivalent Set BonusPMC = (Mana Regen Outside 5SR) * 0.05
For me, this ended up being 227 * 0.05 or 11.35 MP5. Once I’d figured that in, it was a relatively simple matter to discover that my initial assessment of these items was wrong. These new items are a clear upgrade, basically giving me a ton of free Armor and Stamina while retaining roughly equivalent healing stats. I’m not sure how this happened, but I feel abashed about it now.
Because I’d already committed myself to breaking my Primal Mooncloth set (and to becoming a fashion disaster), I pulled the Heroic Badges I had sitting in the bank and purchased the [Gnarled Ironwood Pauldrons] that go with this set. I then flew up to Netherstorm to purchase the Season 3 [Vengeful Gladiator's Kodohide Gloves]. I am considering purchasing the corresponding helmet since I wear the Season 2 helmet right now, but doing so would mean that I’d probably be unable to puchase the Season 3 weapon once Mr. Phae and I start PvPing together again. 150 gold in enchants, gems, and Fel Armaments and one [Cenarion Expedition Tabard] to cover my hideous new tunic and I now look like a Feral. /cry