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Strictly speaking, though, 4pT16 really is kinda weak on ST next to 4pT15 - youre trading a 357% (2.75 * 1.3) weapon damage TV for a 195% (1 * 1.5 * 1.3) weapon damage DS, and this is all compared to a normal 179% (2.75 * .65) TV. General stat inflation moving from T15 gear to T16 gear will help to close that gap and probably make it feel more like a neutral-to-slight-upgrade when going from same-difficulty-to-same or lower-difficulty-to-better tier pieces. Heroic raiders with full heroic tier will probably be holding onto their 4pT15 for a while, though, unless SoO's fights are so heavily laden with adds to AoE/cleave that the FreeDS is going to feel mandatory - and, to be fair, from what I've seen, that may well be the case.
These item level jumps are ridiculous, and are doing absurd things to weapon damage in the process, which is really what makes the transition difficult. 4pT16 isn't bad, on paper or (likely) in practice, but it also just doesn't have the sheer zazz-effect that 4pT15 does.
From the ptr raiding I've done, yes. Though the cleave is very, very small... (+2%ish on Galakras - Quite possibly the heaviest aoe fight, in testing it only had a 2.19% chance to proc the cleave)
Just checked the item on PTR, "Equip: Your attacks have a 3.11% chance to cleave, dealing the same damage to up to 5 nearby targets"
1x Upgrade bought it to 3.23% chance to proc on the 553 ilvl version.
2x Upgrade bought it to 3.35%
08/28/2013 10:43 AMPosted by ChazI'm not taking advice from a noob!
Post is now highly rated! Hopefully that means we're close to getting it stickied!
Also, updated OP with enchants - how did I forget that!? And why did no one say anything?! >_<
I'm stubbornly still using SW despite predicting HA's superiority. It's just a matter of trying to look at things in a more neutral light, rather than comparing a potentially OP pairing.
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