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12-10-2011 @ 8:14PM
"Mastery is still king,"While mastery provides the most CTC, it's hardly king anymore.Paladins have been block capping by gemming straight mastery, using mastery trinkets, eating mastery food, and using mastery elixirs, since the end of Tier11 and earlier Firelands. Let me explain it like this.It takes X mastery to block cap assuming your combine parry/dodge is Y. Assuming you can block cap at any point...As Y increases, X decreases. Because the numbers are getting bigger, and X is decreasing as Y increases, which happens naturally as item levels rise, the "Demand" or "Need" for gear to have mastery diminishes. So saying "Mastery is still king" is misleading. You can pretty much make all decisions based on what gear has the highest total mitigation stats, with no stat weights. "Generally, the rule of thumb to follow when trying to decide what pieces are best is that mastery/avoidance pieces provide the most combat table coverage (and thus the most survivability), followed by mastery/threat pieces (with the threat stat reforged to avoidance), followed by avoidance/avoidance pieces, followed by avoidance/threat pieces. If a piece doesn't have mastery and you're seeking the One Stat to Rule Them All, reforge the higher number to mastery -- even if it's dodge or parry."This is really outdated advice, I genuinely don't feel like going forward into this tier anyone is going to have trouble block capping if they have a brain and remotely current gear."As always, I recommend using my CTC calculator spreadsheet (I really can't pimp that enough) to properly evaluate each piece in relation to your current load-out and to confirm that an upgrade is most certainly an upgrade."I also recommend ReforgeLite - It's current iteration is doing a fantastic job of perfectly balancing my dodge/parry and hitting precisely at 102.4%"and threat stats are still to be avoided."I have mixed feelings on this. Expertise softcapped with some anecdotal hit on some gear by the end of the last tier when fights were sorta just facerolled, I'd pull impressive prot DPS.If your healers aren't having trouble keeping you up, you can be a valuable asset with expertise softcap, and it costs you very little compared to trying to hit cap.
12-11-2011 @ 1:15AM
This.I wish the term "block cap" would just go away already, as it is very misleading. You need 102.4% total coverage from dodge, parry and block. Mastery gives the block, and in a good amount, which is one of the reasons that this stat is so attractive. DO NOT be afraid to take up some dps-ish pieces. Especially on the weapon. I don't know why blizzard feels the need to make high end tanking weapons so scarce, but if you see a nice 1-hander with expertise/hit on it...roll for itPay attention to set bonuses. Many of us paladins found that our 4 piece t12 was useless....if you're already at 102.4%....what good is extra that doesn't get used? So we took the two piece set an picked up stronger-stat off pieces. T13 4pc is pretty legit tho...and almost a requirement for Madness and certainly many heroic encounters. Remember protadins. You aren't just picking up adds and bosses- you are the meat shield for your group!
12-16-2011 @ 10:14AM
@JohnI would hardly call 12% avoidance 'useless'.
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