Which...isn't that helpful. So I fixed that.
However, it brought up an interesting point - how do the tier pieces compare to the current tier pieces and hard modes? But more importantly - with epic gems, does that change anything right now? In other words, does anything get better or worse, and should you be on the lookout for anything really specific right this second?
With that all in mind, here's the current PTR comparison ranking for wowhead (for armor). Note that I haven't changed any of the specific rankings, though for 3.2 as it stands defense will slightly increase, agility and dodge will slightly decrease, and everything else should be about the same, give or take. Note also that this is in no way meant as a comprehensive list of gear and gear choices.
The most common question I've had so far is which tier piece to upgrade first - and this has been true for all gear lists ever. Well, it really depends a lot on what you have currently. Assuming you're decked out in all T8.25 gear, here's the ranking as well as the difference between T9.25 scores and T8.25 scores.
But that doesn't take into account how many emblems each costs. If you look at it as the difference divided by the emblem cost, you get a slightly different view:
The head is still the best overall piece to upgrade (and this is going to almost certainly be true regardless of whatever hard mode gear you have) but the shoulders come in nicely in second place. The legs and chest really aren't great upgrades. Though keep the Clutch of Fortification in mind - at only 35 emblems of triumph it's likely a bigger upgrade than almost anything else you could get, unless you've been very lucky and doing very hard things in Ulduar (like Algalon questlines)
The TL:DR part of this post points out that for the most part, epic gems don't drastically change rankings - but with a couple notable exceptions. The long and short of it is that heroic drops in Ulduar hard modes are very, very competitive with what we've seen from the Coliseum - so prioritize getting these if you at all can, especially the shoulderpads of the Intruder.
- Titanskin Cloak - 45.33. Heroic Freya (hard)
- Drape of Icy Intent - 44.74. Heroic Hodir (hard)
- Drape of the Faceless General - 43.47 Normal Vezax (hard)
- Runetotem's Rainments of Triumph (Heroic) - 100.09. Heroic Coliseum 25-man token drop.
- Knightbane Carapace - 95.00. Leatherworking.
- Embrace of the Gladiator - 92.04 Heroic Thorim (hard).
- Runetotem's Rainments of Triumph (normal) - 90.62. 75 Emblems of Triumph + 1 Token of the crusade.
- Furious Gladiator's Dragonhide Robes - 84.89. 1750 arena rating, 2150 arena points.
- Vest of Shifting Shadows - 81.98. Unknown location (likely 10-man normal)
- Runetotem's Rainments of Conquest - 81.77. 50 Emblems of Triumph.
- Conqueror's Nightsong Rainments - 81.22. Heroic Hodir(easy), 58 emblems of Conquest.
- Valorous Nightsong Rainments -76.93. Normal Yogg-Saron?(easy)
I was really surprised by how weak the new chest pieces actually are. So work on Thorim hard mode!
- Treads of the Icewalker (heroic) - 76.07. Heroic 25-man Coliseum.
- Relentless Gladiator's Boots of Triumph - 66.85. Arena rating, honor.
- Icewalker Treads - 64.72. 25-man coliseum (likely)
- Runed Ironhide Boots -59.13. Heroic Iron Council(easy)
- Acidmaw Treads - 58.96. 10-man coliseum (likely)
- Footpads of Silence -57.54. Leatherworking BoE (from Heroic Ulduar pattern)
- Furious Gladiator's Boots of Triumph - 57.48. Emalon, 62000 honor and 1500 arena rating
- Clutch of Fortification - 50.53. 35 emblems of triumph.
- Ring of Callous Aggression - 50.15. Heroic 25-man Coliseum (likely)
- Fate's Clutch - 45.93. Heroic Thorim (hard)
- Band of the Twin Valkyr - 44.26. 10-man Valkyr twins.
- Mark of the Relentless - 41.68. 5-man heroic Coliseum.
- The Leviathan's Coil -41.49. Heroic Flame Leviathan (easy)
- band of the Traitor King - 41.30. 25-man Anub'arak.
- Brann's Signet Ring - 40.71. Quest from Heroic Algalon.
- Ring of Callous Aggression - 40.10. 25-man Coliseum.
- Dextrous Brightstone Ring - 39.24. 35 emblems of triumph.
- Platinum Band of the Aesir -37.76. Heroic Auriaya
- Loop of the Agile -37.40. Normal Iron Council (hard)
- Signet of Winter -37.19. Normal Hodir (easy)
- Gatekeeper -35.76. Heroic Sapphiron.
- Runetotem's Handgrips of Triumph (Heroic) - 72.30. Heroic 25-man.
- Runetotem's Handgrips of Triumph - 65.01. 45 emblems of triumph + 1 token of the crusade.
- Furious Gladiator's Dragonhide Gloves - 59.63 Emalon, 1600 arena ranking and 1300 arena points
- Conqueror's Nightsong Handgrips -58.43. Heroic Mimiron(easy)
- Runetotem's Handgrips of Conquest - 58.32. 30 emblems of triumph.
- Gloves of the Endless Dark - 56.45. Normal Algalon
- Gloves of the Stonereaper -55.26. Heroic Auriaya
- Valorous Nightsong Handgrips -55.03 Normal Freya(easy)
- Runetotem's Headguard of Triumph (heroic) - 101.85. Heroic 25-man coliseum.
- Runetotem's Headguard of Triumph - 92.02. 75 emblems of Triumph + Token of the crusade.
- Hood of Lethal Intent - 89.30. emblems of triumph.
- Furious Gladiator's Dragonhide Helm - 83.50. 1900 arena rating and 2150 arena points
- Runetotem's Headguard of Conquest - 82.88. 50 emblems of triumph.
- Garona's Guise - 77.21. Heroic Yogg-Saron
- Conqueror's Nightsong Headguard -75.85. Heroic Thorim(easy), emblems of conquest
- Runetotem's Legguards of Triumph (Heroic) - 100.88. Heroic 25-man Coliseum.
- Runetotem's Legguards of Triumph - 91.28. 75 emblems of Triumph + 1 token of the crusade.
- Legguards of Cunning Deception - 90.62. Heroic Yogg-Saron (hard)
- Furious Gladiator's Dragonhide Legguards - 84.77. Emalon, 1700 arena rating and 2150 arena points
- Titan-forged leather legguards of Triumph - 84.65. Koralon, 40 WG marks.
- Conqueror's Nightsong Legguards -83.03. Heroic Freya (easy)
- Runetotem's Legguards of Conquest - 82.33. 50 emblems of triumph.
- Valorous Nightsong Legguards -78.76. Normal Hodir (easy)
- Legionaire's Gorget - 50.30. 25-man Valkyr.
- Pendulum of Infinity - 42.86. Heroic Vezax (hard)
- Bronze Pendant of the Vanir -41.39. Heroic Freya(hard)
- Mark of the Unyielding -40.17. Normal Kologarn (easy)
- Titanstone Pendant -38.22. Heroic Trash
- Shard of the Crystal Forest -37.43. Emblems of Conquest
- Shoulderpads of the Intruder - 71.77. Heroic Iron Council (hard)
- Runetotem's Shoulderpads of Triumph (Heroic) - 71.32. 25-man heroic Coliseum.
- Duskstalker Shoulderpads - 65.00. emblems of triumph.
- Runetotem's Shoulderpads of Triumph - 64.26. 45 emblems of triumph + Token of the crusade.
- Furious Gladiator's Dragonhide Spaulders - 60.98. 2050 arena rating and 1750 arena points
- Runetotem's Shoulderpads of Conquest - 57.74. 30 emblems of triumph.
- Conqueror's Nightsong Shoulderpads -55.98. Heroic Yogg-Saron(easy)
- Valorous Nightsong Shoulderpads -52.23. Normal Ulduar (easy)
- Relentless Gladiator's Belt of Triumph - 66.66. Arena rating, honor.
- Belt of the Merciless Killer - 63.63. 25-man coliseum (likely)
- Soul-Devouring Cinch - 61.21. Normal Yogg-Saron (hard).
- Death-warmed belt -58.12. Leatherworking BoE from Heroic Ulduar
- Furious Gladiator's Belt of Triumph - 57.38. Emalon, 1450 rating and 62000 honor
- Waistguard of the Creator -55.38. Heroic Mimiron(easy)
- Bracers of Swift Death - 49.22. Leatherworking
- Relentless Gladiator's Armwraps of Triumph - 46.15.
- Armbands of Dark Determination - 45.38. 25-man Coliseum Valkyr.
- Fluxing Energy Coils - 42.04. Normal XT-002 (hard)
- Furious Gladiator's Armwraps of Triumph - 39.18. Heroic Emalon, 1400 arena rating and 39400 honor
- Mechanist's Bindings -37.46. Heroic Leviathan (easy)