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7-13-2010 @ 5:25PM
Aside from the writer being dead wrong about Frost I think this is a good article. The only reason I could possibly see for anyone to gem Str once arpen becomes an option IE when you can get over 1100 arpen or so.. Would be to maintain a little better AOE ability at the cost of some single target punch. I was gemmed Str as frost a while and regemmed arpen after I got DBW getting me over the hump and I notice a different position on the damage meters for boss fights. Gemming for Arpen for about any melee spec other than Unholy IMO is the way to go. Arpen is just that good..
7-13-2010 @ 5:32PM
So, gem ArPen over St until 1100ArPen as frost? Hmmm backwards from what i've read so far.
7-13-2010 @ 5:37PM
no no no gemming once you can surpass 1100 thats not the cap.. the cap is closer to 1400 but I gemmed arpen after I was able to get 1150 or so and noticed a big increase in single target. Id take the trinket from here in a heartbeat to jack up my arpen even more if I could.
7-13-2010 @ 5:47PM
Djinn I think you are confusing yourself and anyone reading this.The arpen cap is 1399. That's what you want to shoot for, then you can gem strength. You need a base level of armor pen from gear to make it wortwhile, usually that number is around 600, 700, or 800... once you have that passively, go gem all arpen for loldps.And then if you get to that 1399 cap, any more is useless, so you go str after that.For blood, the armor pen cap is 1260 due to a talent in their tree.Armor pen WILL decrease your AoE dps versus gemming strength, but really, there are no fights where AoE matters that much as a DK. You can always switch in a trinket like WFS, HWT, or Death's Choice if you really want a bit more AoE punch.
7-13-2010 @ 6:12PM
No I know what I am saying. Yes get around 800 arpen from gear then gem the hell out of it and depending on how many slots/jc gems whatever you have get it as high as you can. You can sim it if you care that much but you get a GS of over 5850 or so you likely have enough arpen to gem for it. Lots of guys I see gemming arpen either have coldwraith links or get the leather badge belt to get rid of the hit on the plate badge belt. Also either the crafted legs or the 264 badge gloves help get you to this point with arpen...
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