Arcane-Shielded Helm vs. Tempered Titansteel Helm
Its amazing what you can do with a little patience. Because I took it a little easy on the level grind to accomodate my wife, I spent time working on my Blacksmithing and was able to craft Titansteel gear by the time I was level 76 or so. As such, I had the ha waiting for me.
The head slot has always been tough for me to fill either by dumb luck or otherwise. I came into WotLK rocking T4 so I was eager to upgrade.
The Nexus was not high on my list of heroics to run because the Red Sword, Bolstered Legplates and other assorted epics drop elsewhere. However, being that Nexus is relatively easy, 5 badges, and nice upgrades for others, I have been spending alot of time there and in fact, picked up the ASH.
I'm torn. Assuming proper gemming, I end up trading 13 stamina and 2 defense rating for about 300 armor and 52 dodge rating by going from epic to rare. I think its pretty apparent what I should do. ~130hp isn't much to give up for that much dodge and I get back armor for flat mitigation (from the Austere ESD) the Defense is negligible but I'm well over 540 anyway.
your hat may be nice, but I have the little white tank top that says Legendary right across my boobs. I win. (or more correctly, H wins)