Gnarled Ironwood Pauldrons

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After about three weeks of saving badges from Kara, I was able to get these shoulders on Friday. Not a bad deal that 60 badges can get you shoulders that are better than T4 and almost as good as T5.

Gnarled Ironwood Pauldrons
303 Armor
+21 Stamina
+23 Intellect
+26 Spirit
Red Socket
Yellow Socket
Socket Bonus: +7 Healing
Increases healing done by up to 73 and damage done by up to 25 for all magical spells and effects.

Shoulderguards of Malorne (T4)
284 Armor
+19 Stamina (-2)
+23 Intellect
+19 Spirit (-7)
Blue Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +3 Spirit (-7 Healing)
Durability 70 / 70
Classes: Druid
Requires Level 70
Equip: Increases healing done by up to 68 and damage done by up to 23 for all magical spells and effects. (-5 Healing)
Equip: Restores 5 mana per 5 sec. (+5 MP5)

Nordrassil Life-Mantle (T5)
314 Armor
+26 Stamina (+5)
+27 Intellect (+4)
+16 Spirit (-10)
Blue Socket
Blue Socket
Socket Bonus: +7 Healing
Increases healing done by up to 77 and damage done by up to 26 for all magical spells and effects. (+4 Healing)
Restores 6 mana per 5 sec. (+6 MP5)

Plus with the Gnarled Ironwood, you can get the socket bonus with a Teardrop and Luminous. The socket bonus for the T4 is hardly worth getting and to get the T5 socket bonus you’d have to use blue/purple/green gems which would disallow using the powerful red healing gems (unless you’re not worried about stacking healing.) Furthermore, if you’re using a Bracing Earthstorm Diamond as your metagem, you have to keep the correct ratio between red and blue, thus throwing another complication into socketing these tier shoulders.

Overall, these badge shoulders are definitely a desirable piece of resto druid gear and relatively easy to obtain; especially in comparison to having to 25-man Gruul’s or TK and hope that the token will drop and then be lucky enough to win the roll.

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