Good morning Guardians and welcome to another Xur Inventory Breakdown by Tier 12 capability. Let's see what he's got for us.
The first is the Hunter exotic Gauntlets, the Shinobus Vow, coming with a maximum Discipline stat and a 2 points off maximum Strength stat, making it a 98% overall roll.
- I think this is a must buy for those Bladedancers who want to reach Tier 12. It is even better than the kiosk version! I definitely recommend it.
Runner up, the Titan exotic Chestpiece, the Crest of Alpha Lupi, comes in with a 7 points off maximum Intellect stat and a 2 points off maximum Strength stat making it a 93% overall roll.
- Another good rolled piece. I'd say you can reach Tier 12 with it if you have some better rolled items to compensate the few missing points.
And at last we have the Warlock exotic Helmet, the Ram with a pure Strength stat of 79, thus making it a 86% overall roll.
Conclusion / recommended pick(s): Shinobus Vow is really good and I think you may give the Crest of Alpha Lupi a shot since its roll isn't that bad either.
What is Tier 12?
Your character abilities (Super, Grenade & Melee) are devided into Tiers, the maximum per ability is Tier 5, or 300 (5 times 60) points. Everything above 300 points is not recommended! You will not have your super up any faster with 450 Intellect!
For Tier 12 you'll need armor with a combined value of 720 points (12 times 60) out of 743 points possible. That means you'll need items with a at least ~97% (720/743) roll per item.
That makes Tier 12 the highest possible stat distribution possible in the game. You can technically achieve Tier 13 and more using Felwinters Artifact, but that is just Tier 10 in a fancy way.
Possible Combinations are:
5 Intellect / 5 Discipline / 2 Strength. Favoured by Sunsingers and Bladedancers for example.
5 Intellect / 4 Discipline / 3 Strength. Possible distribution for Voidwalkers who rely also on their melee.
4 Intellect / 4 Discipline / 4 Strength. The most balanced setup.
2 Intellect / 5 Discipline / 5 Strength. Some Nightstalkers prefer this for Wombo Combos.
4 Intellect / 5 Discipline / 3 Strength. It seems that Striker Titans could run that distribution
But keep in mind you get the biggest bonus of cooldown time at Tier 5, so choose your priorities carefully Guardian.
How do I check, if Xur's offer is better than mine?
When I do my review I refer to not upgraded nodes.
So if you want to compare your current gear with Xur's, you may do so with Ishtar Commander / DIM / Tower Ghost and then decide whether to buy or not.
Out of personal experience sometimes one or two points doesn't seem like much but that can be the differece between "almost Tier 12" and "I FINALLY MADE IT".
How do I glass needle?
Glass needles are sold by Xur and allow you to reroll the stats on your exotic armor. The result is complete RNG but with a little dose of luck you may end up with a perfectely rolled piece.
You can get a better roll using glass needles. That is the core difference between Siva Fragments and glass needles. The Stat value on WotM Raid armor is set – only the perks or the distribution change (from Int/Dis to Dis/Str e.g.).
Personal side note: FINALLY HE SELLS THE LEGACY SPECIAL WEAPON ENGRAMM, POCKET INFINITY HERE I COME!!
If you have any questions reguarding the rolls, the FAQ or Tier 12 itself, let me know.
That's it for now, as always I hope you find this info helpful and if you like, we'll see each other again next Xur'sday.