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8-29-2009 @ 12:19PM
Helig,They're not removing Attack Power, just AP on gear. For those of us who wear plate, they already made this change, remember? Our AP comes from STR, you'll never see AP on plate DPS gear. So too now for Mail and Leather. It's going to come purely from Agility for Agi classes and Str for Str classes (much as it does for str classes now anyway) and as a result, there won't be five stat leather/mail gear anymore. And as a result of that, warriors, paladins and DK's will finally not want leather or mail gear anymore, since it won't be itemized with stats they'll want. Agi/AP gear usually has enough AP on it to make up for the loss of strength and while the Agi is kind of a dump stat it means that we'll take it because the leather/mail usually also has crit, and combined with the agi we get a significant melee crit boost by using it in certain cases. With the AP removed, it'll be junk. The crit we get from it won't justify all the AP we won't. Agi classes will still want it, and we won't.As things stand right now they've announced the AP/SP/MP5 simplication (Agi or Str for AP, Int for SP, Spirit for MP5), the removal of defense and armor pen, and the introduction of Mastery. That means we'll stil have Mastery, Hit and Expertise to work with for theorycrafters, and at present we don't really know all of what Mastery will do. I'm not too worried that they're oversimplifying by much.
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