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12-28-2008 @ 2:25PM
This artical is misleading at best. From a tank PoV I am well aware of DR on armor. If a boss has 15000 armor (49.61% dmg reduction)A warrior sunders leaving 9075 (37.33%)Adding your 10% 907 (34.9%) 37.33% - 34.9% = 2.43 loss in mitigation through armor.Now just your 10% from 15000 armor, leaving 13.500 (46.98)49.61 - 46.98 = 2.63% loss in mitigation through armor.So with sunder up, in this case there is a loss of 0.2% damage penetration. But because your armor pen stacks with sunder you go from 2.63% dmg reduction to 14.71% with sunder. Though sunder up time is dependant on your raid comp, if it is up it would be would be up regardless of your pen.Let's bump up the armor pen to 20%, this leaves 32.28% damage reduction with sunder or 44.0637.33% - 32.28% = 5.05% with sunder 49.61% - 44.06% = 5.55% with no sunderThe more armor a mob has the better this scales, as you can see from the sunder no sunder examples.Assuming that this correlates to DPS directly, not looking at talents that ignore armor such as bleeds or dots, one could expect about a 5% increase to dps for 20% armor pen; however, it is still a lackluster stat compared to agi or crit simply because it does not effect everything, and in rare cases sunder armor may already negate the benifit. With that in mind, the more armor pen you have the better armor pen is. With DR effecting almost everything these days effectively crit capped hunters should look to stack armor pen and tonnes of it. Anyway, I just really did not like the way this was put forward it made it look like you went from 10% bonus dps to 7% when really it was more like 2.6 to 2.4 damage reduction. Very poorly written.
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