Post by scaramoush
Heart of Iron dropped for us today, and I had the PR to pick it up.
I can't decide what trinket to pair it with. I have about 47% dodge raid buffed, and feel I could lose the Valor Medal without a huge impact.
Currently I'm wearing the Hearth with Monarch Crab socketed for stam, and this setup feels pretty good.
My other options are Essence of gossamer (inferior to monarch crab for stam and proc/use), Defender's Code (I don't believe this is as good as Valor Medal after the armor nerf), Valor Medal and the Repelling Charge. The only real choice is between Monarch Crab and Valor Medal.
So what do you think? Dual stam trinkets with Heart of Iron and Monarch Crab, or balance stam and dodge by using the Valor Medal?
Armory link: http://eu.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Anachronos&n=Scaramoush
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Post by Aadramelekh
The Furnace Stone
is one excellent piece of gear. It provides huge mitigation through its proc effect. I shall extract from one of my earlier posts regarding this trinket and a comparison to The General's Heart:The General's Heart
Case 1: Trash mob - hits for 15K base damage. Your 30000 armor plus Protector of the Pack provide you with 64.3 + 4.2 = 68.5% DR. So the mob hits you for 4725. If the trinket procs, you will take only 4520 damage, meaning an additional 4.4% DR.
Case 2: Boss - hits you for 65K base damage. 68.5% DR means that you'll take hits for 20475 damage. Trinket procs, you will now take 20270 damage, which means an additional 1.1% DR.Furnace Stone
Case 1: Trash mob - 15K base damage. @68.5% DR, the mob hits for 4725. If you use the trinket, you gain 5152 armor, thus your new DR will be 67.8 + 3.8 = 71.6%. Now the mob will hit you for 4260, which means an additional 9.9% DR (more than double compared to The General's Heart)
Case 2: Boss - 65K base damage. @68.5% DR, the boss hits for 20475 damage. Trinket used, you now have 71.6% DR, which means the boss hits for only 18460. That means a staggering additonal 9.9% more DR, nine times better than the General's Heart.
Bottom line: Furnace Stone is one of the best tanking trinkets in existence. And it beats the crap out of The General's Heart.
But in the end, The Monarch Crab and the Heart of Iron ARE THE BEST combo. That thing about diminishing returns is not valid here, since even if you use both trinkets at the same time you will not get into the Diminishing returns area. Why? Simple - because bears have about 15% dodge from talents + base chance. Only what goes OVER that value starts to count towards the 50% DR cap. So if you see the value 45% for your dodge when raid buffed, only 30% of those actually count towards the 50% after which severe DR starts. The Monarch Crab gives about 7% dodge when active, the Heart of Iron gives another 10%. 30+10+7 = 47% so you will actually see more than 50% dodge on your character sheet by using both trinkets and not be under the effects of the severe diminishing returns.