So I finally tracked down the new epic trinkets that are coming our way in the 2.4 patch. They are pretty nifty, I must say. Most of the trinkets are superior to Karazhan loot, which should make them desirable to the average player.
There's a tanking one with +42 defense which makes it comparable to the SSC tanking trinket and surpassed only by the Black Temple trinket. My rogue Krystella can get an epic version of her Nightseye panther, which I'm tickled about cuz I wasn't looking forward to giving up my current one. Other melee players might prefer the Khorium Boar, which has slightly higher DPS than the panther but presumably a less productive "on use" effect. Healers/Casters are getting a choice of trinkets, either one with a whopping +18 mana regen (tied for highest mp5 trinket in game with ZA drop) or a stat trinket with 33 Intellect and 49 stamina, which is a pretty serious boost in stats for a trinket slot. Check out the screenshots for full info:
The main downside to these items, and I feel it's rather unfair of Blizzard to do it this way, is that they require Shattered Sun Offensive reputation to acquire (at least as of my researching). Most of the other professions are getting their epic goodies directly from trainers, so I'm not sure why we're getting the poopy end of the stick with all our epic recipes requiring faction reputation to purchase. Also, they require the epic gems that drop only in the Black Temple to create. I don't know about you, but I don't expect to see one of those in my grubby little hands anytime soon, so I'm not sure how they expect the other 95% of us to get one. I don't particularly want to pay the 500+ gold that the elite raiders are charging for those things, ouch!
So, it's a nice idea but I think the implementation here kinda blows. I hope they rethink this, as far as I know other professions aren't required to grind faction rep or pay insane prices for BT drops to make their epic goodies. I realize that JCers also got epic gems a couple of patches ago, but for the most part the stats are such that only one is viable for each class and they are unique so you can't stack multiples of the one. And as we all know, they are pretty much identical to the epic gems that drop in Heroics, so they aren't anything special or unique to the Jewelcrafter. Overall I'm a bit disappointed with the offering. The trinkets themselves are really good but the acquisition process I think is really unfair to anyone who isn't in a BT raiding guild. *Sniff*