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6-09-2010 @ 7:14PM
It's not that it's just agility, it's the overall itemization. Leather has less stamina (and therefore more item points for dps stats), and dps paladins like crit. Agility gives you crit, and it scales with raid buffs and blessing of kings. Leather items are more likely to give you more crit and haste. Compare the BiS pally belt:http://www.wowhead.com/item=50067v. a very good plate belt you can get for emblems:http://www.wowhead.com/item=50987While the critical strike on the plate belt looks better at first, the +104 agility gives you a full 2% critical strike rating. The leather belt gives you almost a full 4% crit from ONE item, and that only goes up with Blessing of Kings. And while armor penetration is suboptimal for Paladins, it's still a stat that will increase your dps through physical strikes. And once you get a proc-based weapon like Bryntroll or a proc-based trinket like Tiny Abomination in a Jar, haste starts also scaling amazingly well.So basically, for paladins, it's the combination of all the DPS stats that is on leather without being hamstrung by extra stamina and armor that makes some leather items Best in Slot.
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