19
Mar
09

Set bonuses for T8

MMO Champion lit up with the set bonuses for T8 earlier.

  • Warrior T8 Protection 2P Bonus — Increases the critical strike chance of your Devastate ability by 10%.
  • Warrior T8 Protection 4P Bonus — Shield Block also grants you 20% reduction to magical damage taken.
  • Warrior T8 Melee 2P Bonus — Heroic Strike and Slam critical strikes have a chance to grant you 150% haste rating for 5 sec.
  • Warrior T8 Melee 4P Bonus — Increases the critical strike chance of Mortal Strike and Bloodthirst by 10%.

I’ll leave the analysis of the tanking bonuses for more competent tanks than I.

The 2-piece DPS bonus leaves me in doubt to be honest. Doubt as to what exactly Blizzard mean by it. It seems so simple, doesn’t it? However, depending on which way you read it, your 3.5 weapon will become a 2.3 weapon for 5 seconds or your 100 haste rating become 150 haste rating for 5 seconds.

The former is a solid buff to white damage. One that should help rage generation in light of the TG nerf.

The latter is entirely pitiful. And its dependent on you having haste rating to begin with, and it’s entirely possible to not have any haste rating at all, which in effect makes the 2-piece set bonus completely useless.

However, I’ll not get up in arms about that before it has been cleared up.

The 4-piece set bonus is a buff to one of our staple abilities. Roughly, it’ll work out to 1 more BT crit a minute. In other words, a decent set bonus. It’ll remain to be seen whether it will be outclassed by the non-set items in Ulduar. I wouldn’t discount it just yet at least.

So there we have it. My joy at the BT buff is marred a bit by the, in my mind, inexact wording of the 2-piece bonus. Clarification will come however, in time.

Also posted on BigHitBox

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1 Response to “Set bonuses for T8”


  1. 19/03/2009 at 10:15

    As a person who has spent 99% of his time at 80 tanking, I saw the 4 piece tanking bonus and said to myself, “holy crap finally!” On the one hand, I guess I’ll have to start using Shield Block reactively instead of every time the CD is up… It’s gonna give warriors a nice tool.

    The 2 piece, however, is MEH with a capital MEH. Right now I use 2 pieces of 7.5 to tank, and off-set for everything else. With that 4 piece bonus I will be using 4 piece T8 a lot more often methinks, but I doubt I will drop what I have now to switch to T8 until I have 4 pieces to equip at once. Since I’m BiS with the exception of a necklace I expect it will be a while before I see significant upgrades.


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