Hey guys, just a very quick update for the Patch 4.2 Arcane Mage Guide. Something a lot of people have trouble with is the relative value of trinkets, I definitely include myself in this as things I see and think 'hey that looks awesome for me' actually end up being pants (translation for non-Brits: Rubbish). So thanks to the guys at MMO-Champion and their thread here I'm able to stick up a rough and ready guide to BiS for Patch 4.2. Better late than never I guess. I also take a quick stab at what will be BiS for Patch 4.3 according to early simulations but this may well change by the time of release.
4.2 Best in Slot Trinkets for Arcane
These are in decending order (ie. the one at the top is best, the one at the bottom is... um... least best? lol).
Variable Pulse Lightning Capacitor (Normal) - Comes from the Cache of the Fire Lord after you defeat Ragnoros on Heroic.
Theralion's Mirror (Heroic) - Drop from Theralion on Heroic Bastion of Twilight.
Darkmoon Card: Volcano / Moonwell Chalice - DMC:V is acquired turning in the Volcano deck to Darkmoon Faire. The Volcano Deck is made up of the Ember Cards (get them from Inscription or buy them on the Auction House). MWC is purchased from Ayla Shadowstorm after completing the required Molten Front daily quests. Why are these two at a comparable level? Well it depends on if you're an engineer or not. Unfortunately you cannot use Synapse Springs and MWC at the same time so it works out that if you're an engineer DM:V is the better option. However, if you are NOT an engineer then you should take MWC. The difference between the two is not that great from what I've seen. Personally I take MWC over DM:V as an engineer but that is purely a personal playstyle choice and in strict theorycrafting terms I shouldn't do that but for me personally I accept the slight DPS dip for a trinket that I feel more comfortable using.
Theralion's Mirror (Normal) - Drop from Theralion on Normal Bastion of Twilight.
Probable BiS Trinkets in Patch 4.3
Taking a quick look at the stats Will of Unbinding (Normal) may well sit in third place depending on proc rate followed by VPLC(H) then Cunning of Cruel (Normal). Don't quote me on this, this is just taking a rough look at the available stats and Simcraft et al may well show something different once the patch actually drops.
So there we go guys, hope this helps.