Smiled very widely when I read this quote. Very nice thread, good notes for sure. Thanks for the write-up. I've posted this elsewhere, but if you're interested in commenting as well, I'm currently having a dilemma with my shield and was looking for some input:
Basically, I'm curious to know your thoughts on my shield. I wish I had a 30%+ Stormshield or at least a higher block chance on my Sacred Shield, but I can't help but feel it has very good stats and am having a hard time deciding if I should get a Sacred Shield with worse stats, but higher block, or just use this one until I can afford a good Stormshield. I have Helm of Command and an IAS Justice Lantern, so it puts me at 35% block even with this Sacred Shield (it is only 16% by itself). Here are the stats:
16% Block (Naturally, 3706-4706 BV for a Sacred)
78 Resist All
133 Vit (excluding gem)
46 Life Regen
Obviously the stats could be better, but I feel like they are pretty powerful. Should I keep it with the 35% total from my helm/ring until I can get a 30%+ Stormshield? Or would I really benefit from getting a 25%+ Sacred Shield in the meantime with worse stats?
If you want to compare, a Stormshield would need to have 26% or higher block to equal your blocking.
Other than that, it's a straight stats comparison.
The damage reduction from melee/elite on Stormshields is really compelling, but I'd only go that route if I couldn't upgrade anywhere else for under 5m.
Alright, thanks very much for the info. I was pretty much thinking the same, trying to eye a 30%+ Stormshield and maybe buy one when I could easily afford it. I don't plan on upgrading the shield before then unless I really found a steal on another Sacred Shield, however.
As for my other gear, I'm sure there are other upgrades I could use. I have a few "decent" but nowhere near perfect legendaries. 10% IAS Justice Lantern; Helm of Command with a socket, +armor, +fire resist; 14% String with 19 res and an additional 55+ str/dex/int; Ouroboros with 178 str and 380 LoH, and the rest mostly rares with whatever resists/vit I could get. I feel like one or more of those latter pieces are lacking the most, as I can't seem to find a nice balance of gear with what I have to choose from. I'm either at 1k resists but down to 35-40k HP, or at reasonable HP with severely lacking resists (500ish?). Likewise with Armor, my pieces with high armor lack elsewhere, and vice versa. A set I've been running around with atm looks something like this:
7.5k Armor (pre-enchantress and pre-war cry)
500-600 Resists (pre-war cry)
35% Block with 3706-4706 block value
and depending on which of the two weapons I'm using:
7k DPS with 437 LoH or
5k DPS with 1162 LoH
As I said, I have a few similar pieces that I try to swap around and I can get higher HP at the cost of resists or vice versa. Really trying to figure out where my best investment would be to improve overall atm.