One of the trouble spots I have noticed when making a best in slot list is that the piece of gear that yields the most DPS isn’t always best in slot, at least according to how we used to calculate gear.
There are several sites out there that list gear in terms of highest DPS, but be leery, because if you gather the highest pieces of gear, then you may find yourself short on some very important stats.
The Mastery Factor
Mastery is on a ton of gear, and it’s really hard to avoid it. Mastery increases the chance that Hand of Light will proc, which essentially gives us an instant 3 Holy Power at no cost, usually used for Templar’s Verdict. This is very difficult to calculate as a flat DPS number increase, because of the random factors involved.
Now, my math is not even close to the level of guys like Redcape and Exemplar over on Elitist Jerks, and Rawr is also one of those tools from above that I rely heavily upon…so, I am researching as much as I can to see how accurate we can be in therms of guessing DPS with gear with Mastery on it.
What I know so far is that Mastery functions similarly to crit, in that it increases a percentage to get a higher damaging attack. While crit affects all of our melee abilities (and on a different table spells, too), it’s going to take a different calculation to apply the effect of Mastery, and assume you are using it for Templar’s Verdict, Inquisition, Zealotry or all of the above.
Mastery Affecting DPS “Rating” of Gear
When I am comparing two pieces of gear, most situations have identical or similar strength and stamina. So, to determine which gear is the better choice, I have to look at the secondary stats. Quite often, Mastery is throwing me for a loop, and pieces of gear that have crit and expertise are coming up as more raw DPS than hit and mastery.
Now, the problem with that is hit is our first stat priority, so that is the gear I would want to take , even though my DPS calculation have the crit and expertise winning out on damage output.
Here is an example:
Alpha bracers have a smaller amount of Strength, but have hit rating and a gem slot. Cooled Anger has more strength, but also has crit and expertise, which both weigh much heavier than the mastery on Alpha. In this instance, I’m still going to say take the Alpha Bracers and slap a Bold gem in the gem slot, even though Cooled Anger still comes out as more DPS.
This is why Mastery is causing me such a headache. Until Blizzard gives our Mastery a boost in importance, deciding what is Best in Slot versus Best DPS is not always going to result in the same piece of gear.
The lists you find here and on other sites are going to differ from one another, and I suggest you take them as guides to use as you build your DPS sets. Figure out which pieces work best for your gear combinations, and as we get further into Cataclysm, hopefully I can come back to you saying, YES, THIS IS DEFINITELY THE BEST GEAR FOR RETS!