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10-06-2010 @ 1:04PM
I have a suggestion that you might want to throw out in the next week or so.I am a bear as my primary spec. I haven't done any testing on the PTR. But I do a bit of personal theorycrafting for gear and specs. I've noticed that with the stat redistribution on gear, a bears supplemental items (neck, cloak, rings) actually change priority with 4.0.1.Since Wrath started, we've been wearing the standard leather DPS gear (with a slight lean toward the primary stats), but we've been wearing the typical tanking gear in our other slots. The main reason for this is the large amount of stamina that has traditionally been found on those items. By my calculations, after the stamina goes up across the board, all of the DPS stamina/agility items suddenly become more powerful than the tanking stamina/strength/dodge items. A big part of this is how much benefit we get from agility, specifically the dodge conversion. I haven't seen the new conversion rate for level 85 yet, so I don't know if this will hold true into the Cataclysm end-game.For now, it would be good for those remaining tanks our there (and the DPS they're rolling against) to know that these pieces have become the new BiS items for bears. On average, it looks like a 264 tanking ring is about equal (although slightly weaker) for a bear than a 251 DPS ring.I know that on patch day, I will be trading in my ICC rep ring for the DPS version. I would recommend that other bears at least consider doing the same.
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