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3-23-2008 @ 7:55PM
Defense IS point for point better than parry. Lets say you're going uncrushable and for some reason can only choose +10 parry rating or +10 defense rating gems. +10 parry = 0.42% parry rating. +10 defense = 1.6% combined towards dodge/parry/block/miss. So in for an uncrush set defense is nearly FOUR TIMES better than parry. Please post the math if you can disprove that. I'm not saying the road to uncrushable is stacking defense gems, but it sure beats parry.It's important to consider item level cost too. If you get the 23 parry rating to hit 1% parry on a piece of gear, you're sacrificing a huge chunk of other stats due to the internal cost associated to parry. On the other hand, 1% combined dodge/parry/block/miss of defense you'd need is about 14 defense rating. This is a much cheaper stat to stack on an item. Dodge and block rating on the other hand, ARE better than defense rating all around as stackable stats to hit uncrushable.Again, defense rating is just plain not a diminishing return. You're implying a parabolic curve when it's really step based. It drops a bit in value at 490, again at uncrushable, then is finally theoretically capped when total avoidance (block% doesn't count) hits 100% across all gear. As a matter of fact, it drops a bit after 490 then curves UPWARDS towards uncrushable. If a player has 0% avoidance and adds 1%, he takes 1% less damage. A player at 50% avoidance who adds 1% is taking 2% less damage and so on.
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