View Full Version : Badge Gear vs S3/Other gear

04-08-2008, 05:00 AM
I was looking at the DPS plate badge gear, and was wondering if these two pieces with lots of armor pen

Eternium Rage-shackles - Items - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=33513)
Pauldrons of Gruesome Fate - Items - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=33514)

would beat out

Bladespire Warbands - Items - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=28795) w/ 4str 4crit gem and 5str 4stamgem?
Vengeful Gladiator's Plate Shoulders - Items - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=33732) w/ 8 str gem and 4str 4crit gem?

for Arms PvE DPS. The bottom line is..

24 crit rating (Bladespire Wristbands)
150 armor pen (Eternium Rage Shackles)

6 str 38 crit rating (Vengeful Gladiator's Plate Shoulders)
23 hit 154 armor pen (Pauldrons of Gruesome Fate)

I would hit around 948 armor pen with the badge pieces, when the armorer is done building on my server (for the Angelista's Revenge, which I'm getting for sure)

I was also reading that hitting 142 hit is very crucial for raid DPS - yet the correct way to socket was still to use 4str/4crit and 8str gems?

In addition, how much better would the axe from badges be, over my s3 mace? I'd get 5 more crit, more expertise, and a faster weapon with about the same DPS.