Good morning Guardians and welcome to another Xur Inventory Breakdown by Tier 12 capability. Let's see what he's got on the first weekend of the Age of Triumph:
The first is the Titan exotic gauntlets, the Ruin Wings, coming with a 4 points off maximum Intellect stat and a single point off maximum Strength stat, making it a 94% overall roll.
- the roll is slightely below the average value of 96,9% but since you won't have to compensate much I consider it Tier 12 possible.
Runner up, the Warlock exotic helmet, the Astrocyte Verse FINALLY, comes in with a 7 points off maximum Discipline stat and a 2 points off maximum Strength stat making it a 90% overall roll.
- Finally Xur sells it! Go get it Guardians!
And at last we have the Hunter exotic boots, the Frost-335 with a 8 points off maximum Intellect stat and a 5 points off maximum Discipline stat, thus making it a 88% overall roll.
- Rollwise this is a no no.
Conclusion / recommended pick(s): Rollwise, just the Ruin Wings this time.
What is Tier 12?
Your character abilities (Super, Grenade & Melee) are devided into Tiers, the maximum per Tier 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: Nothing this time..
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.