Times have changed. 2 Wings later, we've seen fights like Festergut, Putricide, Blood Princes, and Blood Queen, which featured massive raid damage and pushed aoe healing demands to the limit. Also, early reports for HEP values for the 4 piece set bonus are showing up, and they are quite positive. One report puts it as high as 800 HEP!
I also finally had a full night just healing, so I had a log I felt comfortable passing through my shaman_hep for updated calculations. The summary is here, but the main takeaway is that I have HEP estimations for my trinkets now. My Ephemeral Snowflake clocked in at around 143 HEP for the night and the Sliver of Pure Ice clocked in at around 211 HEP. Their theoretical maximum HEP values are around 276 and 242, respectively, which may mean that I'm just not using the "Use:" effect on the Snowflake very wisely, and I'm using the Sliver's Use effect fairly well.
In either case I've decided to weigh the 4 piece set bonus at something like 400 HEP, until I hear some more concrete numbers. This still offsets the stat bonus of the non-set emblem purchases, so it definitely shifts up my pull list a lot. I won't actually be purchasing anything until I have enough emblems for both the chest and gloves, so I can go directly from tier 9.2 to tier 10.4, so if I find out soon that the numbers are not quite as good, I can change my plan accordingly. Here goes:
|Best Upgrade||HEP||Cost||HEP Upgrade per Badge||Current||HEP|
|Frost Witch's Handguards||541.4||60||3.332||Thrall's Handguards of Triumph||341.4|
|Frost Witch's Tunic||785.7||95||2.98||Thrall's Tunic of Conquest||502|
|Waistband of Despair||491.8||60||2.89||Darkspear Ritual Binding||318|
|Earthsoul Boots||512.1||115||1.818||Sabatons of Tortured Space||302.9|
|Drape of the Violet Tower||289.7||50||1.791||Shawl of the Caretaker||200.2|
|Purified Lunar Dust||215.2||60||1.95||Ephemeral Snowflake||143.5|
|Lightning-Infused Leggings||679.3||184||.0922||Leggings of Concealed Hatred||509.5|
|Totem of Surging Seas||255||30||.7||Totem of Calming Tides||234|
The bolded item costs means that I am factoring in part of a set bonus upgrade. The italicized item cost mean that they are primordial saronite costs, and can be bought with alts or money.
Happy hunting, Shaman.