A few days ago, I completed my first challenge mode with Cool, Thunderspank, one of Thunderspank’s guildies and Oathblade. At the time, I was really excited to try Scholo but Gate of the Setting Sun was suggested as a good starting point so I entered with a set based vaguely on this gear list.

Some guides seem to favour spirit over more crit and haste but this makes is a good starting point. The following table was listed as BIS so I’ll probably just use the items I have readily available to me. As a new engineer, I never made the goggles so that will the first piece I’ll work on. From there, I’ll adjust accordingly.

 Item  Source  Enchant  Gems
Lightweight Retinal Armor Engineering Burning Primal Diamond Quick + Smooth Cogwheel
Passionfire Choker Twin Consorts 2x 160 Int
Shoulderguards of Ternion Glory Siegecrafter Blackfuse Greater Crane Wing Inscription 2x 160 Int
Deadly Glare Cape Durumu the Forgotten Superior Intellect 1x 160 Int
Mantid Vizier’s Robe Spoils of Pandaria Glorious Stats 2x 160 Int
1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Frostborn Wristwraps (Crit) Megaera Intellect 1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Montak’s Grips of Scorching Breath Thok the Bloodthirsty Superior Haste 1x 160 Int
1x 80 Int/160 Critical
White Cloud Belt Tailoring Living Steel Belt Buckle 3x 160 Int
Legwraps of Cardinality Lei Shen Greater Cerulean Spellthread 3x 160 Int
Soulbinder Treads Xin the Weaponmaster Greater Haste 1x 80 Int/160 Critical
Amaranthine Signet of the Fireflash Timeless Isle
Seal of Sullen Fury Malkorok
Relic of Yu’lon Inscription (AH)
Volatile Talisman of the Shado-Pan Assault VP Vendor
Torall, Rod of the Shattered Throne Lei Shen Jade Spirit + Eye of the Black Prince 2x 160 Int
Lei Shen’s Orb of Command Lei Shen Major Intellect 1x 160 Int
Light of the Cosmos
(Optional Trinket)
Elegon
Total Intellect = ~17528 (Fully Buffed)
Stat Priority Intellect > Crit > Haste > Spirit > Mastery
Total Gems 15x 160 Int (Brilliant Primordial Ruby)
3x 80 Int/160 Critical (Potent Vermilion Onyx)

It was all about the anticipation. I had even gone into Scholo several times, in the week leading up to our first encounter, just to see my stats –  until I remembered I could go into Proving Grounds instead for the bonus reforger.

CM-Scholo

Initially, I was all set to go in as disc but at one stage it looked like I would be DPSing instead. Sadly, nothing eventuated with that idea so I was excited to heal our first dungeon after all. We went through the dungeon on heroic first since we hadn’t played with the other three before. This gave us a nice practice run of how we wanted the actual run to go as well as getting to know the playstyle of the others before trying it for real.

I will say it was challenging to say the least, especially on that first big pull but even after a few mishaps with bombs and the lift playing up for a couple of people, we managed to walk out with silver. The group wasn’t ideal, particularly for the last boss but it was still nice to zone out with three achievements on our first day.

Gate-of-the-Setting-Sun-bronze

Unfortunately, nothing really happened after that so Cool and I have organised another three players to finally complete these challenges with. Some people have the opinion that gear isn’t all that important when it comes to challenge modes and if I just wanted to walk out with gold, that’s probably true. However, after completing the initial set of gold challenges, I plan on getting the best times I can so why not get all the items I can to help with that objective?

Over the past few days, I’m happy to say I’ve collected a few from my list although killing the same bosses 10 times just to get a drop is very monotonous. Take the Frostborn Wristwraps as an example. They drop from Megaera in the Throne of Thunder so it’s not too bad killing one other boss before getting to the one I need but it’s painful getting the double whammy from low RNG and then getting the wrong enchantment when the right item finally drops.

So far I’ve had the mastery, expertise/hit and haste but no crit drop as yet. Kind of funny when the crit variant is apparently the most common out of the four. I’m holding the other three in my bag just hoping the next one will be crit but who knows how long that will take – especially at the expense of my precious bag space.

At least Luxy now knows why I’m always in the Throne of Thunder :P