For crafted Items I don't think they are too bad. They are certiantly geared towards avoidance but with a total of 5 sockets between the two it is possible to gem for a decent amount of threat stats if you need them. All in all I you can pull off 32-48 exp, 16-32 hit, and 42 stam (with socket bonuses) if you you went for the bonuses and even more if you disregarded them all together. Lets face it DPS and TPS is nice but in the long run our first job is to stay alive so the real DPS can attack the boss with out getting hit. As long as we have enough threat to make that happen the rest is just icing on the cake in progression. IMO.
I love sockets and buckles. So nice to be able to tweak something a little the way you prefer. And which ever way they end up, still might be able to sell a few of these so that is good. All I really do anymore is craft stuff to DE.. I really really wish they would being back a BS only tanking/DPS weapon(s).
I feel ya Nex. But then again, we do have some nice stuff. The sockets, belt buckles, 40bv shield plate, shield spike, and weapon chain. All these things still have places in certain gear sets. I love doing dailies in my BR/BV set with a shield spike.
It would be nice though if they made a craftable weapon using the runed orbs.