Having gotten Joar to this point, and as a fairly casual consumer of raid content, I wanted to share the gearing strategies that I used for Joar to get him to the point where he could access the content I wanted with a minimum of work.
Note, that if you're looking to do cutting edge raiding, this almost certainly isn't the best approach as this is focused on getting to a minimum acceptable ilvl and not maximizing your ilvl. One other point is that this didn't involve the purchase of a single BoE or crafted piece.
So here are the handful of recommendations.
- If you quested through most of the zones, you should have more than enough rep to purchase two ilvl 615 trinkets in Ashran. They cost about 600g each at Honored rep.
- This is a very short term garrison recommendation, but as soon as you get your Garrison to level 2, get yourself a War Mill up and running. This will increase the chances of getting upgrades from quest rewards and the level of those upgrades.
- After you've done this, be sure to move on to Nagrand as soon as you can and quest all the way through Nagrand. You can pretty easily accumulate a handful of ilvl 630 gear this way.
- Start the legendary questline as soon as you hit 98. Get that Skyreach quest out of the way before you hit 100 and while you're still earning xp from it.
For the rest of my gear, everything else came from other drops that I got while doing the four heroics that you need to do to complete the legendary questline.
In other developments, I'm also making pretty good progress on my death knight, who is now sitting at level 94 and is working his way through Gorgrond. I'm suppressing my urge to tinker with my Garrison as much as possible, focusing instead on leveling speed this time. Although with a new mine up and running, that's making it somewhat difficult for my miner / blacksmith death knight.
He's been extremely easy to level as frost so far. My hunter will be up next, followed after by my paladin, who is my jewelcrafter.