I posted this up for my guild, but I think that it would be helpful for others outside of our private little forum, so I thought I’d go ahead and duplicate it here for everyone else!
As Firelands approaches there are a few things that you will need to in order to ensure that you are prepared.
You must complete the Aessina’s Miracle questline to unlock the Regrowth and have access to the new Firelands quest hub. It is a fair way into Hyjal, so if you’ve not quested through Hyjal I might recommend starting before the patch hits and the place is a zoo. You will need to start on your Hyjal dailies as soon as possible.
Know if there are any changes to your class that will affect your stat weightings and priorities, or your rotation. Be prepared to make those changes as soon as 4.2 hits.
Be prepared to gem gear upgrades as they come. I suspect the gem market will go up a bit with new content, so stock up now while everything is a bit cheaper!
Be prepared to enchant gear upgrades as they come. Similar to gems, I suspect that enchant materials will also rise a bit in price, so stock up now in preparation!
Be sure to make extra time to do the new daily quests for any gear upgrades that will be available either from the vendor or via Avengers of Hyjal reputation. Even the smallest upgrades can make a difference. Doing dailys in groups will make them go faster. Remember that Firelands gear can be upgraded to heroic level with the use of Firestones. Guide to the Stage One of the Firelands Dailies.
Guess what, all your precious valor points are getting downgraded to Justice points when 4.2 hits. If you want 359 boots for alts, or to sell, buy them now while you have excess valor points. You will only be allowed to hold 4,000 Justice points – any valor points that exceed that when converted will be turned into gold. Additionally, be sure to make extra time to run your daily/weekly heroics to maximize your valor points each week (remember you don’t have to do them daily anymore, they can be done on the weekends, as well). You will need to utilize Valor Points to purchase gear upgrades. Just like the Firelands items, the new Valor items can be upgraded to heroic pieces with the use of firestones.
Educate yourself on boss strategies. There will be limited information early in the content tier, so if you come across something be sure to share it with your guild! Here is some tertiary information about each boss.
Take some time and educate yourself on the gear upgrades that are available for you in Firelands. Know where your upgrades come from – be it from vendors or boss drops. Have a gear plan for yourself, but do not turn away clear upgrades. Here is a list of gear that each boss in the Firelands will drop. (Please note these are subject to change, as this is from the PTR). For what it’s worth, I am tentatively going to go with Helm/Shoulders/Breastplate/Legs with off set hands for my 4 T12. However, that may be subject to change as I study the gear a little more. As the tier hands are likely more accessible, I may sub the tier piece in for my bonus while waiting for access other pieces.
I wish everyone the best of luck as 4.2 approaches! And may the devs find a way to give resto druids something with flames before release! ;)