Well things do tend to work out, I won the head on my hunter, and must say the neck was a nice upgrade for my hunter. I would venture to say it may be BiS for a hunter unitl Heroic 25 ToC, since on the lvl 258 necks the red gem slot for 20 Agility puts them over the top.
I too just got the Onyxia head last night and turned it in for the trinket.
I've been toying with the idea of swapping out "The Black Heart" for the trinket and then to make up for the lost STA, swapping out parry and def gems for STA gems, is this a good idea, or should I just hold onto this for encounters that require more avoidance than HP?
It just seems like it would be nice to consolidate so much parry and def into one slot.
You're confusing block rating with avoidance/mitigation. It doesn't quite work that way. You're also forgetting that defense rating also adds miss chance, so you can't ignore that.
Lavanthor isn't a match for Onyblood Talisman.
Thanks Synapse, but I think you missed my point.
Block is Mitigation. Dodge and Parry are Avoidance.
Block doesn't count as "avoidance". A Block is you getting hit on the shield and you still take damage, but less because of your armor + block value. Like right now I have a Block Value of 981, so when I block I'm just mitigating 981 of a total hit. The hit is not avoided, but the damage it does is mitigated so I don't take as much damage.
For a warrior (and I believe pally too) the Block stats are not just about mitigation, but also about threat generation. The protection talent Damage Shield is a part of my threat generation, especially when tanking groups. So I consider the % chance to block as well as Amount blocked both important stats for a warrior.
Your other point of the +Def on the Ony trinket, it gives me 14 actual defense.
- Increases chance to Dodge/Block/Parry by 0.56%
- Decreases chance to be hit and critically hit by 0.56%
Without that extra 0.56% my block rating would be in the 18.5% range. So at least I'm getting some block out of it.
Just don't see how the mitigation + avoidance stats come out to put the Ony trinket ahead of the Lavan one for my current setup.
You're basicly comparing 2.5% full avoidance (not including miss) vs 4% block chance. Unless you're blocking half the attack on average (that's what? >10k blocks?) Ony trinket comes on top for damage reduction.
And you're looking at 2.5% chance every swing done to you to damage with damage shield. With a 1.5k avg block value, you're looking at a 7-8 damage per swing. The Parry Haste you get from the trinket gives double that.
Not to mention that you look like a fool for using a blue trinket in raids if it's not Essence of Gossamer (and even then, you should've done ToC HC and/or Brewfest!!)