Themios the Darkbringer > Crossfire Carbine?
Recently I went to comparing the tanking ranged choices because of the new bow being available in 4.1. I threw in the normal and heroic version of Themios the Darkbringer for giggles because I knew I would be switching to the heroic version once our hunters all got them. But after comparing them numbers on the normal version I'm curious why more people aren't using it over Crossfire Carbine.
If both are reforged for parry... the two weapons come down to a comparison of:
44 expertise and 107 (112 w/mark) strength vs. 44 crit and 107 (112 w/mark) agility.
The expertise vs crit comparison is purely threat and doesn't affect survival... but just to give some numbers, it equates to ~1.47 expertise vs .7% crit (when you factor in agility w/mark)
But the agility vs str comparison equates to 28 parry rating vs 46 dodge rating. I know parry is better than dodge to a large degree, and while 18 avoidance rating isn't significant you could always look at it this way... If we were given the choice of enchant bracer exceptional parry +50 parry, or enchant bracer exceptional dodge +68... which would you take?
For those that want a comparison to heroic bow vs the crossfire, it comes down to 24 parry vs 52 dodge. The bow gains 4 parry from higher crit rating reforged to parry, and 6 dodge rating equivalent from agility.