Keep in mind that I'm in a group that does 10 man casual raids, so I'm not really expecting to have access to 10 man heroic loot that early, or 25 man loot.
|Item||Upgrade from||Cost||HEP gain||HEP per badge||Easy Alternatives|
|Drape of the Violet Tower (49.09)||Shawl of the Caretaker (35.79)||50||13.3||0.266||Flowing Sapphiron Drape (45.35)|
|I've had really bad luck with cloak upgrades in Ony and ToC. This would be a big upgrade for me, but if there's a chance I'll be running some legacy raids, There are intermediate upgrades that would make this slot less of a priority for me.|
|Meteor Chaser's Raiment (120.05)||Thrall's Tunic of Conquest (86.78)||95||33.27||0.350||Frost Witch's Tunic (101.04)|
|I'm still unclear on exactly what the purchasing method for tier 10 with emblems of frost will be. Regardless, the Meteor Chaser chest piece is a huge ugprade over the base level tier 10 chest. It is MUCH better than the mail piece, which has no haste on it.|
|Gloves of False Gestures (86.65)||Looming Shadow Wraps (62.64)||60||24.01||0.400|
|The cloth gloves are a touch better than the mail ones, due to the increased haste and the usable socket bonus. No real easy alternative glove upgrades without going into 25 man raids.|
|Waistband of Despair (85.58)||Icehowl Binding (56.76)||60||38.82||0.647||Cord of the Patronizing Practitioner (69.53)|
|The belt is a huge upgrade from what I already had. There is a potential upgrade from 10 man Marrowgar, BUT it is cloth and it has spirit on it, so it would probably be a while until I was allowed to roll on it.|
|Totem of Surging Seas (255)||Totem of Calming Tides (234)||30||21||0.700|
|The totem upgrade is basically a flat 21 spellpower upgrade. Not that sexy, but easily the cheapest and most effective badge purchase.|
|Purified Lunar Dust (216.232)||Eye of the Broodmother (195.296)||60||20.936||0.349|
|The trinket proc was modeled to be 76 mp5. While it would be a fair upgrade, trinkets are very situational, and I would be swapping this one out for fights that I'm not mana constrained on. Not a high priority for me yet.|
I still don't understand how the iLevel 251 tier 10 gear is purchased with emblems of frost, and this data doesn't seem to be on wowhead or mmo-champion right now. If someone knows, please give me a heads up. Obviously those numbers would change all my badge priorities going forward, but until I figure that out, my upgrade priorities based on these numbers are probably:
Totem, Waist, Gloves, Cloak. The Trinket is a situational sidegrade, and the chest is nice, but blocks a possible tier bonus which I'm hoping to get at least 2 pieces of as soon as possible.