I've started up a nuker cleric (from the template for newbs sticky) and he's currently at lvl 5. I'm starting to understand the concepts of how DDO works and my role in a group currently. But what I'm getting stuck on is the way stats on gear don't stack, which confuses me, because I'm not entirely sure what I should be looking for then. I generally try to find a mace of power for more spell points and a Devotion shield. Then I try to find a wisdom item, but now I'm stuck. I don't really know what to get for armor and goggles and all that jazz. Right now, I have a whole mix of stuff, a lot of it just has + to saves or something. And it doesn't help that I can't really use the AH due to the fact that I don't have much plat or gold. I also see some people that have some sort of set bonuses, which looks cool. Is it possible for me to get that sort of gear through quests/dungeons?
If anyone could give me a general idea as to what type of stuff I should be looking for or where to get some decent gear for Clerics, it'd be much appreciated!
P.S. I'm not a VIP, so if you could point me towards some free to play dungeons, that'd be nice. There is a possibility of buying a few adventure packs once I reach a higher level.