differences in stats when I replace my old A) with b)
49 dodge rating
21 expertise rating
37 def rating
28 hit rating
also a little bit of a prelude, I am at the def cap just barely 540. (almost all purples (The World of Warcraft Armory) feel free to look me up).
So I first looked at the avoidance aspect. using the avoidance macro that was placed on this site a couple weeks back, due to diminishing returns and the fact that my old cape had 0 def on it, my TOTAL avoidance drops 0.31% (but is more spread out over parry/dodge/miss).
But what do I get to compensate for this 336 armor. To see how much that helps I calculated my effective health (including the drop in stam).
69559 vs 69512 so barely any change there.
But what is the pros and cons here.
I will be 41 rating over the cap, so I only have 1-2 gems that have 8 def on them, which I can then replace to make much the health loss. but that will then increase the avoidance loss by a bit more.
but assume I keep everything the exact same just swap out the cloak.
over the course of 1000 hits. The numbers on the left side are the amount of damage hit, middle is the amount of damage saved if 0.31 % avoidance was used. and the right side is the extra 336 armor that was added (not including multipliers)
As you can see if nothing else changes the over all damage would be reduced if I equip the armor cloak. the other point of interest is the hit vs expertise and I would be sad to see the expertise loss but I am not hit caped yet so I think this is a minor point but I could be wrong.
I know this cloak will not last me for very long but I thought it would be interesting to see in this specific example what peoples thoughts would be ?
I go by the rule of thumb that 400-500 armor ~= 1% damage reduction. (Try it. Put on something with this amount of armor and check the tooltip. Take the difference in damage taken and divide by total damage taken. Example, previous DR is 60.5%, new DR is 60.9%, 0.4/39.5 = 0.01.)
So compare this 1% EH increase to a 1% EH increase via stam--if you have 30k life, 300 life would be the equivalent, which is ~27 stam.
Just remember that armor is strictly worse than HP (until/if healers have mana issues again) because it doesn't work against magic.
Comparing it against 1% avoidance, of course, depends on the fight.