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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Heirlooms

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ABOUT HEIRLOOMS

If you’ve decided to create a new Discipline Priest as a secondary character, on a server and faction you already possess an 85, the world of heirlooms will open its joyous arms to you. You will do a little wiggle dance, amaze those you PUG with, and level like a speeding bullet.

It’s fast, it’s easy, and it’s the ultimate in leveling or twink gear.

PURCHASING HEIRLOOMS

You can acquire your gear any order you choose, but remember: shoulders, legs, and chest heirlooms add 10% each to your leveling speed, and the cloak and ring add 5%each , so you’ll probably want to get those first.

ENCHANTING HEIRLOOMS

Heirlooms can only be enchanted with enchants that will not make them Bind on Character. This limits the pool of available enchantments severely, but you’ll be able to pick up at least a few enchants to make your new awesome gear even more awesomer…er.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST HEIRLOOMS AND ENCHANTMENTS

CHEST: Tattered Dreadmist Robe
ENCHANT: Enchant Chest: Greater Stats

SHOULDERS: Tattered Dreadmist Mantle
ENCHANT: Master’s Inscription of the Storm Requires Inscription 400.

LEGS: Tattered Dreadmist Leggings
ENCHANT: Spellthreads are not useable on Heirloom leggings. Sorry!

WEAPON: Dignified Headmaster’s Charge
ENCHANT: Enchant Weapon: Spellpower

TRINKET 1: Discerning Eye of the Beast

TRINKET 2: Inherited Insignia of the Alliance (or another Discerning Eye of the Beast)

RING 1: Dread Pirate Ring
RING 2: Gleaming Seal of the Archmagus

CLOAK: Ancient Bloodmoon Cloakguild level 10

HEAD: Tattered Dreadmist Mask, guild level 20

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 30-40

ABOUT LEVELS 30-40

Once you hit 30, you’ll get deeply- and possibly fatally- involved in the new instances, notably Uldaman. At this point you are also resilient enough to do a little solo leveling again, so don’t forget to try it out (particularly in PvP).

Many excellent pieces of equipment are available for these levels at vendors and the Auction House, making this set of levels more viable for solo leveling, as well.

We’re now maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 30 – 40

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 30-40

CHEST

Best In Show: Robe of Crystal Waters

Alternative 1: Robe of the Magi BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Vicar’s Robe
Alternative 3:  Chillwind Tunic
Alternative 4: Death Speaker Robes

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest – Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest – Major Mana]

LEGS

If you managed to get Blighted Leggings in your 20’s, they’re a very respectable piece for the 30’s as well.

Best In Show: Stoneweaver Leggings

Alternative 1: Crimson Silk Pantaloons BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Shadoweave Pants

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Riptide Shoes

Alternative 1: Vinerot Sandals
Alternative 2: Furen’s Boots

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots – Minor Speed] or [Medium Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Flameseer Mantle

Alternative 1: Death Speaker Mantle
Alternative 2: Warpwood Leaf Mantle
Alternative 3:  Berylline Pads

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Evil Dolly’s Cuffs

Alternative 1: Arcane Runed Bracers

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Gloves of Shadowy Mist

Alternative 1: Stormcloth Gloves
Alternative 2: Black Mageweave Gloves BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Zaetar’s Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves – Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Eye of Theradras

Alternative 1: Miner’s Hat of the Deep
Alternative 2: Darkcleric’s Veil or Veil of Aerie Peak

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show:  Chloromesh Girdle

Alternative 1: Satyrmane Sash
Alternative 2: Star Belt BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Direhorn Cinch

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Energy Cloak

Alternative 1: Bilgewater Mantle or Darkspear Mantle
Alternative 2: Emberscale Cape
Alternative 3: Mantle of [Home City]
Alternative 4: Caretaker’s Cape

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak – Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Tumultuous Necklace (with Intellect, Spirit, or Crit; from Satchel of Helpful Goods)

Alternative 1: Dragon’s Blood Necklace
Alternative 2: Tempest Talisman

FINGERS

Best In Show: Ring of Demonic Guile

Alternative 1: Underworld Band
Alternative 2: Woodseed Hoop
Alternative 3: Golden Ring of Power BEST BUY!
Alternative 4: Prismstone Ring

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Emissary’s Watch

Alternative 1: Devourer’s Stomach
Alternative 2: Figurine – Jade Owl BEST BUY!

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Quel’dorei Channeling Rod

Alternative 1: Tower of Theramore
Alternative 2: Staff of the Shade BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Spellforce Rod

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 20-30

Wait, are my pits showing?!

ABOUT LEVELS 20-30

Once you hit 20, you’re going to start running an entirely new set of dungeons in LFD. Blackfathom Deeps, Razorfen Downs, Gnomergan- all will open up to your priestly ravaging.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 20 – 30

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 20-30

CHEST

Best In Show: Robe of Doan

Alternative 1: Treebark Jacket
Alternative 2: Black Velvet Robes
Alternative 3:  Mechbuilders Overalls
Alternative 4: Beguiler Robes

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest – Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest – Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: Blighted Leggings

Alternative 1: Leech Pants
Alternative 2: Silk-Threaded Trousers
Alternative 3:  Gaze Dreamer Pants

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Acidic Walkers

Alternative 1: Moccasins of the White Hare
Alternative 2: Corpse Rompers

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots – Minor Speed] or [Medium Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Hann Ibal’s Epaulettes

Alternative 1: Khaz Modan Mantle
Alternative 2: Magician’s Mantle
Alternative 3:  Darkcloth Shoulders BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Spidertank Oilrag

Alternative 1: Glowing Magical Bracelets

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Gloves of Old

Alternative 1: Balmy Wraps
Alternative 2: Hotshot Pilot’s Gloves BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Eldritch Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves – Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Holy Shroud

Alternative 1: Moonsoul Crown BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Vishas’ Hood

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show:  Warsong Sash

Alternative 1: Girdle of Nobility
Alternative 2: Ghamoo-Ra’s Bind
Alternative 3: Belt of the Hero

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Caretaker’s Cape

Alternative 1: Amy’s Blanket
Alternative 2: Glowing Thresher Cape

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak – Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Crystal Starfire Medallion

Alternative 1: Amulet of the Moon BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Necklace of Harmony

FINGERS

Best In Show: Deep Fathom Ring

Alternative 1: Heavy Jade Ring BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: The Queen’s Jewel
Alternative 3: Yorgen’s Boon
Alternative 4: Seal of Wrynn

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Heirloom only

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Illusionary Rod

Alternative 1: Bloodscalp Channeling Staff BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Staff of the Blessed Seer
Alternative 3: Kam’s Walking Stick

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 60-70

ABOUT LEVELS 60-70

Most of your level 60 to 70 leveling experience will be undertaken in Outland. Quest rewards continue to offer a viable route to gearing your disc priest, but you will, as always, find better gear by running dungeons either with a dedicated group or using the LFG tool.

A great deal of gear becomes available at level 70, when Northrend ‘officially’ opens to your priest, but since you are probably trying to get to 70, I’m leaving all of those out except the BiS pieces.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 60 – 70 (incoming!).

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 60-70

CHEST

Best In Show: Shroud of Absolution (70+)

Alternative 1: Robes of the Augurer
Alternative 2: Raiments of Divine Authority
Alternative 3: Chemise of Rebirth
Alternative 4: Queen Azshara’s Dressing Gown

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest – Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest – Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: Leggings of Channeled Elements (70+)

Alternative 1: Khadgar’s Kilt of Abjuration
Alternative 2: Haramad’s Leg Wraps
Alternative 3: Lifegiver Britches

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Slippers of the Seacaller (70+)

Alternative 1: Slippers of Serenity
Alternative 2: Frostwoven Boots BEST BUY!
Alternative 3: Abyss Walker’s Boots

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots – Minor Speed] or [Heavy Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Hatefury Mantle (70+)

Alternative 1: Pauldrons of Sufferance
Alternative 2: Terrorcloth Mantle
Alternative 3: Rime Covered Mantle

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Fury of the Ursine (70+)

Alternative 1: Bracers of Havok BEST BUY!
Alternative 2: Blackstrike Bracers

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Studious Wraps (70+)

Alternative 1: Tempest’s Touch
Alternative 2: Manaspark Gloves

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves – Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show:  Cowl of the Grand Engineer (70+)

Alternative 1: Evoker’s Helmet of Second Sight
Alternative 2: Destruction Holo-Gogs (Requires ENG 350)
Alternative 3: Cenarion Thicket Circlet

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show: Belt of Blasting (70+) BEST BUY!

Alternative 1: Mindfire Waistband
Alternative 2: Sash of Sealed Fate
Alternative 3: Eyestalk Waist Cord

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Cloak of the Betrayed (70+)

Alternative 1: White Remedy Cape
Alternative 2: Ogre Slayer’s Cover
Alternative 3: Cloak of the Necropolis
Alternative 4: Cloak of the Black Void BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak – Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Vindicator’s Pendant of Reprieve (70+)

Alternative 1: The Sun King’s Talisman
Alternative 2: Winterfall’s Frozen Necklace

FINGERS

Best In Show: Kharmaa’s Ring of Fate (70+)

Alternative 1: Band of Eternity
Alternative 2: Violet Signet
Alternative 3: Spiritualist’s Mark of the Sha’tar
Alternative 4: Band of the Guardian

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Will of the Red Dragonflight (70+)

Alternative 1: Neltharion’s Tear
Alternative 2: Rejuvenating Gem

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Amani Divining Staff (70+)

Alternative 1: Soulseeker
Alternative 2: Serpentcrest Life-Staff
Alternative 3: Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian (very hard to get)

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

 

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Disc Priest Cataclysm Gear: Levels 40 – 50

ABOUT LEVELS 40-50

At the end of your 40’s, the grind might start to get to you. If you’re hearing voices, become enraged at every tank you pug (without due cause, because certainly we are all enraged at our tanks), and begin to consider re-speccing Shadow, you may want to consider taking some time out to work on your professions. This is a good set of levels in which to do that.

We’re still maximizing:
Spirit > Intellect > Critical > Haste > Stamina

Check out our Disc Priest Leveling Guide: Levels 40 – 50

Heirloom gear is not included in this list, but is dicussed here.

ENCHANTING LEVELING GEAR

An exhaustive list of enchantments would be too exhausting to contemplate, so for each piece I simply recommend one enchantment that I think gets the job done and will serve you well for most of your ten levels. Re-enchanting leveling gear is, I think, neither time nor cost effective given the relatively small benefit you’ll enjoy.

BEST DISCIPLINE PRIEST GEAR AND ENCHANTS: LVL 40-50

CHEST

Best In Show: Coldtouch Phantom Wraps

Alternative 1: Robes of the Exalted
Alternative 2: Robes of Insight
Alternative 3: The Postmaster’s Tunic
Alternative 4: Death’s Head Vestment

Enchantment: [Enchant Chest – Greater Stats] or [Enchant Chest – Major Mana]

LEGS

Best In Show: The Postmaster’s Trousers

Alternative 1: Necropile Leggings
Alternative 2: Threadbare Trousers
Alternative 3: Frostweave Pants BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

FEET

Best In Show: Maleki’s Footwraps

Alternative 1: Boots of the Full Moon
Alternative 2: Fire Striders
Alternative 3: The Postmaster’s Treads

Enchantment: [Enchant Boots – Minor Speed] or [Heavy Armor Kit]

SHOULDERS

Best In Show: Soulstealer Mantle

Alternative 1: Thuzadin Mantle
Alternative 2: Kentic Amice
Alternative 3: Mooncloth Shoulders BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 60]

WRIST

Best In Show: Dryad’s Wrist Bindings

Alternative 1: Sublime Wristguards
Alternative 2: Tearfall Bracers

Enchantment: Enchant Bracer – Mana Regeneration or Enchant Bracer – Greater Intellect

HANDS

Best In Show: Shadowy Laced Handwraps

Alternative 1: Jumanza Grips
Alternative 2: Gordok’s Handwraps

Enchantment: [Enchant Gloves – Minor Haste]

HEAD

Best In Show: Eye of Flame

Alternative 1: The Postmaster’s Band
Alternative 2: Bad Mojo Mask

Enchantment: [None until Level 50]

WAIST

Best In Show: Sash of the Burning Heart

Alternative 1: Deathmage Sash
Alternative 2: Grimgore Noose
Alternative 3: Thuzadin Sash

Enchantment: [None until Level 70]

BACK

Best In Show: Spritecaster Cape

Alternative 1: Heliotrope Cloak
Alternative 2: Archivist Cape
Alternative 3: Denmother’s Cloak
Alternative 4: Icy Cloak BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [Enchant Cloak – Greater Resistance] or [Enchant Cloak – Greater Defense]

NECK

Best In Show: Anastari Heirloom

Alternative 1: Horizon Choker
Alternative 2: Ruby Pendant of Fire BEST BUY!

FINGERS

Best In Show: Seal of Rivendare

Alternative 1: Murmuring Ring
Alternative 2: Brainlash
Alternative 3: Cyclopean Band
Alternative 4: Gem Studded Band BEST BUY!

Enchantment: [None until Level 70 and then enchanters only]

TRINKETS

Best In Show: Emissary’s Watch

Alternative 1: Mindtap Talisman
Alternative 2: Figurine – Ruby Serpent BEST BUY!

WEAPON (Staves Only)

Best In Show: Glowing Brightwood Staff

Alternative 1: Moonshadow Stave
Alternative 2: Stoneflower Staff
Alternative 3: Zum’rah’s Vexing Cane

Enchantment: [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Intellect] or [Enchant 2H Weapon – Major Spirit] (or Lesser versions of either)

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Disciplinary Action on the WoWphiles Podcast

WoWphiles made the tactical error of inviting Liala from Disciplinary Action on to their show to discuss the changes to the Discipline Priest class in 4.0. We had a great time talking about disc healing and you can check out the podcast in its entirety at the WoWphiles site (and once and for all answer the burning question: is Liala really a burly northern Canadian woodsman or a Japanese schoolgirl?).

WoWphiles is inviting three spec experts per episode until they get through them all. This, the first of their podcast series, explores Disc Priests (with yours truly), Survival Hunters with Bliky from One Man Raid, and Protection Warriors with my personal Prot guru, Linedan from Achtung Panzercow.

If you’ve already listened to the show and would like more information on the topics I discussed, please check out:

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Reforging And Gems for Discipline Priests in 4.0

Be sure to check out our Discipline Priest Builds for 4.0

The 4.0.1 pre-Cataclysm patch introduces us to the wonderful world of reforging. Blizzard describes it thusly:

Originally a magic brought to the citizens of Azeroth by the Highborne, reforging will provide a new means for players to customize their gear in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. NPCs offering reforging services will be located in all major cities, ready to assist in customizing items by altering the stats they provide. Players can use reforging to modify an item’s stat values, or to undo any previous changes and allow different customization choices.

So, how do you get all your gear in top working order as a discipline priest? By using this handy guide, of course!

GENERAL GUIDE TO STATS

Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%) > Crit
If you’re running out of mana, use: Spirit > Intellect > Crit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%)

Temporary Edit: Don’t bother with Mastery right now in 4.0.1. The return on your investment is very, very low for the time being.

You Want…
Intellect: Size of your mana pool
Spirit: Regeneration rate of your mana pool
Critical Strike: The chance a spell will provide be critical (larger than normal)
Haste: The speed at which you cast spells
Mastery: A bonus to your talent tree specialization (mana regen, healing bonus, and PW:Shield bonus for us disc priests)

You Don’t Want…
Agility
Strength
Dodge
Parry
Hit Rating
Expertise

GUIDE TO GEMS

Good Gems:
Anything ‘Brilliant’ (+intellect)
‘Energized’ (+haste, +spirit)
‘Forceful’ (PvP only; +haste, +stamina)
‘Misty’ (+crit, +spirit)
‘Nightmare Tear’ (+all stats)
‘Potent’ (+intellect, +crit)
‘Purified’ (+intellect, +spirit)
‘Quick’ (+haste)
‘Reckless’ (+haste, +intellect)
‘Smooth’ (+crit)
‘Sparkling’ (+spirit)
‘Timeless’ (PvP only; +intellect, +stamina)
‘Turbid’ (PvP only; +spirit, +resilience)
‘Wilful’ (PvP only; +intellect, +resilience)

Bad Gems:
‘Accurate’          ‘Bold’                ‘Champion’
‘Deadly’             ‘Defender’        ‘Deft’
‘Delicate’           ‘Etched’            ‘Fierce’
‘Flashing’          ‘Glinting’           ‘Inscribed’
‘Jagged’             ‘Lightning’        ‘Lucent’
‘Mysterious’     ‘Nimble’            ‘Polished’
‘Precise’            ‘Radiant’           ‘Regal’
‘Resolute’         ‘Resplendent’   ‘Rigid’
‘Shifting’           ‘Solid’                ‘Sovereign’
‘Splendid’         ‘Stalwart’          ‘Steady’
‘Stormy’           ‘Subtle’             ‘Veiled’

GUIDE TO REFORGING

You can’t change the four primary stats (Stamina, Intellect, Agility, and Strength), but you can modify the eight secondary stats (Spirit, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating, and Dodge Rating).

So far, there are no Mastery gems; if you want Mastery stats on your gear, reforging is currently the only way to get it.

You can find yourself on wowarmory.com and check out your stats- they’re under your feet. Look at your overall ratings and see where you need improvement, then reforge to pick up anywhere you have low ratings.

Reforgers are located in every capital city; just ask a guard with a map icon for directions.

You Want…                               You Don’t Want…
Spirit                                              Parry
Haste                                              Hit
Critical Strike                                Dodge
Mastery                                         Expertise

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Problems With the 4.0 Patch Background Downloader?

It seems that many people are having a big problem with the Blizzard Background Dowloader when trying to update to patch 4.0.0 from patch 3.5.5; I feel your pain, as I was as well. With slow download speeds placing my patch time at around 4 DAYS, I thought I’d hunt around for a solution. And lo, the solution is easy!

1. Start your background downloader by either starting your game or double-clicking ‘Background Downloader’ in (World of Warcraft folder location)> World of Warcraft.

2. Let the Background Downloader run until you’ve achieved at least 1% of the download. If your Background Downloader is hidden, double-click on the Blizzard icon in your system try (bottom right of your screen) to embiggen it. Once you’re at 1% or more, right-click on the icon to exit out of the Background Downloader.

3. Open the folder (World of Warcraft directory)>World of Warcraft>Cache and locate the BackgroundDownload.torr file. If you can’t see the “.torr” part, that’s okay.

4. Open your favorite torrent downloader. I like BitComet, myself.

5. Pull the BackgroundDownload.torr file into BitComet. Click ‘Download Now’.

6. Enjoy the lightening-fast download speeds.

7. When the file is complete, locate the BackgroundDownload file in Cache and move it to the folder labeled ‘Updates’.

8. The End.

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