i would remove option B from your list.
Your 1st are BEAST!!! eHP city!
Middle are ..... meh
Last are. well, people in WD forums KNOW i am a pickup radius freak. I will sacrifice dps + ehp (minor losses) for additional PUR (but i need for my build)
hmm I've been running with option 2 for much of the past few months XD
Personally I've been toying with the idea of going option 3 for the PUR as well, then I can change my pants and drop the PUR for higher vit/int. I'm losing about 150 stats on my pants. But it will take a massive pants to give a comparable EHP to my option 1 shoulders...
none of the current pants on AH is able to give me a better EHP than my option 1 shoulders...
I'd stick with what you have in option 1. The PUR is nice, and if I were you I'd want it on at least one piece of gear, but with your AR and Armor so high, what you gain from options 2 and 3 isn't as helpful as all the HP provided with option 1.
While mitigation everywhere is nice, at this stage of your gearing you'll likely find the vit/life% to feel a bit safer simply for the additional time you gain to react when a situation gets nasty. I'd still consider doing a couple runs with #2 to get a feel for what you're missing with that armour/all resist roll but I suspect you'll notice the missing hp pool buffer more.
Anyway, good luck when you decide to keep crafting.
I like ur shield build.
for your build, I vote for no.1 (the one which give u the most vital?)
mitigation is not a problem for shield build...
the 3% lifesteal is...
the more hp as buffer, the better.
P.S. luffy : I bought my current shield recently. won it in a bid for 55M. quite happy with it =D nice shield? hehe.
Thanks for the input guys. I've been so undecided because when I try both option 1 and 2 in gameplay, I can't really feel the difference. Scenarios that usually kills me does, and scenarios that don't, don't. its so hard to decide based on gameplay feel.
One thing I noticed though is that when using option 2, I can clear Act 4 with no deaths quite often if I concentrate and play safely. But with option 1, for some reason I always end up with 1 or 2 deaths lol...
My guess is that I've played so long with option 2, I react based on 92+ mit instead of my current 91+. So when HP drops low, the decision to run or fight has to change too...which makes me wonder...is 7K HP gain better than 60+ AR and 160 Armor?
D3up tells me it is based on paper EHP. But I'm still quite unsure.
Having said all that, it might also be because I changed my gloves lol...
my current gloves
60 cold resist
my previous gloves
36 Poison resist
my 3rd option gloves
29 Arcane resist
Honestly these 3 gloves are giving me a headache also lol...3rd option gives me a massive 10k+ DPS boost but with no mit, I've not used it much. Currently using the first option as it gives me 3k more DPS than option 2 and I give up only 150 armor. But it is mostly DPS in terms of AS which I can sustain reasonably okay with jaunt...
this is my current predicament lol. I've been trying out different combinations of shoulders and gloves but can't tell which is best in terms of gameplay feel...in terms of paper stats, shoulders option 1 and gloves option 1 gives me the best looking paper stats.
Any further thoughts on which combination might be best for me? XD
sorry for long post lol...
Appreciate the inputs.