With the beginning of the Arena and PvP seasons today, I thought I would discuss a little about Resilience and the Defense Cap.
What We Know:
The defense cap for level 83 raid bosses is 540 Defense Skill or 5.6% critical hit reduction. This is not so easily obtained these days. With the removal of warrior and paladin talents for pure defense talents this becomes quite a bit more difficult than it was in The Burning Crusade. There have been countless articles on TankSpot.com, TankingTips.com and various tank blogs that give you step by step instructions and gear guides on hitting the cap. But what if you simply can not afford those epic Titansteel pieces? What if drops just are not going your way? Well the solution is here.
Arena gear is now upon us. To be sure, it is no where ideal for PvP. They have made great strides in making the gear to be less attractive than it was in TBC. However, resilience can cover up some early wholes in your gear quite adequately.
Lesser Flask of Toughness:
The easiest of all the resilience methods to become crit immune. At 80 this flask gives you .6% worth of crit immunity. Roughly equal to 15 Defense Skill.
There are 3 Resilience enchants currently available. Two of which are from TBC and are for such small amounts that using them over a defense enchant would actually be worse. The Enchant Chest – Exceptional Resilience is the best you can do currently in Wrath and it is only for 20. A significant amount over the 15 from the TBC enchant, but both have an extremely steep price. Giving .24% crit reduction it is more than the .18% reduction the 22 defense rating to chest enchant gives however. Yet at this point, its a wash and the Defense enchant is much cheaper.
Another 20 Resilience rating option. It is not cheap though, and it doesn not cost money. For 20 Stone Keeper’s Shards, or about the price of a single heroic run’s worth of shards you willg et .24% crit reduction via a gem. The +16 defense gems on the other hand will give you much less. You will lose the avoidance given by the defense however.
Conclusions & Theories:
The Lesser Flask of Toughness gives us a different way to look at early gemming and gearing. We all need to be uncrittable. However, it may flat out be better for our early progression to be gemming for stamina and using this flask instead of being forced into gemming for Defense. If you are a good raid tank, you are more than likely going to be using a Flask of Stoneblood to gain your 650 health. Early on you want as much Effective Health as you can get. Now how you get this health is the key. If you do this with a flask, you are gainign 650 health. However, if you decide to use 3 +24 stamina gems instead of those 3 +defense gems you are using, you will gain much more while raid buffed.
Sure you are losing a small chunk of avoidance, but while you are getting your feet wet, this is a better option for your raid as a whole. As you gain more and more defense from gear, you will be better off, and so will the raid. Yet ensuring you are uncrittable with as much health you can get is the key to early survivability in say the Spider Wing of Naxxramas, than that extra 1% avoidance.