Parse / Augment Question for SK

Discussion in 'Tanks' started by Morigaine, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Morigaine New Member

    I have recently returned to the game and was hoping to get some feedback on my SK main weapon augment. In the past when I was raiding, I would just use the highest AC augment possible in the primary slot. In reviewing Magelo top profiles this appears to still be standard practice. Since I am not yet raiding again, I am using the GMM knight 1H and consequently no longer have the type 8 slot. I’m curious which primary augment would be better in today’s game. I have the exhumed rune (5 dmg rune 5 proc) and a conflagrant gem of striking (12 dmg). I could also fairly easily upgrade the rune aug to the energizing attachment (8 dmg rune 7 proc).

    So I know the rune will provide incremental mitigation (and agro) and the higher dmg augment will provide increased lifetaps. My real question is what would be the best methodology to parse a comparison? I don’t believe I have seen a great way to parse rune mitigation.

    Does anyone have any recommendations for either the augment selection or the parsing methodology?

    Thank you in advance for any advice.
  2. Brohg Augur

    Magelo ranks by AC. Completely independently of that choice's virtue, any choice that is higher AC will place that character higher on the ranking.

    Start over.
  3. Morigaine New Member

    Brohg - apologies if I am being obtuse because I do respect your feedback. I realize magelo will default to an AC sort (and I know some will pad magelo AC with powersources, etc), but if I review the SK's of ROI, Machin Sin, Triton, etc. I see the majority have Relife in there. There are some with the dmg aug, but I also see one with the energizing attachment as well. This is what triggered my question. So any clues or insight you can provide is appreciated.
  4. Brohg Augur

    My point is it's like asking a cat which is more nutritious: cat food or dog food? Cat doesn't know, cat just likes cat food. Magelo doesn't know what's best, magelo just likes AC things. Eventually overall upgrades have swamped some of the funnier juxtapositions of years past, but the top rankings used to include a ridiculous number of characters equipping, like, 50 or 52ac+nothing augs over 45ac +dex+agi+1000hp+attack+spell+etc options. These days, the players who own those characters have made the magelo-rewarded choice to equip only 65+ac augs in the open slots regardless of their other stats.

    Regarding "open slots" - there are 21 equipment slots, with weapon, shield, charm, and 4 evolvers having special restrictions. Evolvers get evolver_augs, charm gets charm_aug, shield gets shield_aug, (for some folks, Shawl aug "eats" another slot) and primary gets -- something. That leaves 14 open slots. There are 15 65ac+ augs

    Now that "something" in primary can be Burning Lands HoTT aug Immortal Corporeal Light Zephyr (base 2k, crits up to whatever), or Darkened Sea lifetap aug Blood Draining Spike (base 450, crits as a nuke to whatever, then crits as a heal to whatever), or Darkened Sea rune aug Energizing Attachment, sure. But if you ask Magelo, the only choice it cares about is the highest raw stats aug that can fit there: Relife Adornment.

    What that whole strat and the considerations it encodes doesn't assert is that Relife Adornment is actually the 15th-most beneficial aug that can be equipped. Note that 1h+shield is only used sometimes, so any aug in the top 14 overall probably should be on real armor, to be worn all the time! And even if it is actually 15th-best, lot of folks don't have 4 evolved evolvers, so maybe it only needs to be top 18 in real quality to belong in armor instead of the 1h.

    So. When I see people equipping Relife Adornment in their primary on Magelo, that's what it means most directly to me: that they're making decisions based on Magelo's opinion (cat food is yummiest, says the cat), or copying those that do.
  5. Lianeb Augur

    Ranked 14th or 18th overall. But you would be hard pressed to find a better stat aug for your primary slot.
  6. Monkman Augur

    Magelo should rank by parse..
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  7. BadPallyGuildLeader Augur

    Be quiet people...I am developing a sucker, er "buyer list" for the inventory of Invested Wurmy's I have for sale on FV... so that people can be gud on magelo.
  8. Wulfhere Augur

    True, but a stat aug in your primary weapon slot is a complete waste for a knight. That slot is your main source of damage. At this stage of the game, and the past few years, augments have fallen far behind and contribute about 1% to your character's stats (defense) per slot.

    We're talking about 10k AC and 310k HP characters choosing a 60 AC, 350 HP augment that is completely inert and wasting all your 1000s of AA investment that improve damage, heals, crits, proc rate, twin proc, belt synergies, and now Luck.

    A Lucky critical from e.g. Blood Draining Spike can heal for well over 40k HP. The Soul of the Grandmaster in your shield isn't far behind that and oh yeah! it's /autoskill.
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  9. Chaosflux Augur

    As a knight I think I switched to Lifetap augs in my primary back in Underfoot, didnt know this was even a debate at the current levels of AAs that boost them other than Magelo padding.

    Granted either Is a tiny % of your overall survivability and there is more important things to worry about, but one is on average a better choice all around.
  10. Sithsonn Journeyman

    Its really your preference but if you are really going to be doing dps your 1her is in your bags, and the 2her is out
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  11. yepmetoo Augur

    If I'm having to use a 1h/shield, I'd rather have a little more ac and heroic stats, on the off chance it might cause a DI shift or an avoidance check it wouldn't otherwise have. Its that simple. Updated my magelo like once in 5 years, has nothing to do with that.

    Talking about the stat increase being a drop in the bucket then bringing up the dps/heal proc gains is pretty pot and kettle.

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