Archive for January 6th, 2010

Within the first week of the new 5 man dungeons in ICC, Chawa got some nice upgrades.  The polearm Orca-Hunter’s Harpoon dropped, which is blingable (aka: came with a gemslot)!  And she finally replaced one of the last pieces of blue gear on her with the purple bracers Essence of Suffering

However blingable that polearm was, it came with a heavy price tag for a hit-capped hunter:  a + 84 to hit rating. 

I’m starting to think that there is a hate-hate relationship with hit rating.  There is no love anymore.

At first its love-hate.  As a young 80, you desperately need hit rating and you hate the fact that you need it.  In order to reach the hit cap I took every gem and every enchant that was necessary to get myself there.  Slowly, gear with hit rating allowed me to replace those enchants with ass-kicking attack power ones.  My silly yellow hit gems were replaced with bright red ones or wicked orange ones.  I appreciated the fact that you didn’t have to gem according to the socket colour if its bonus was unnecessary hit-rating.  Finally, my gear was enough to get myself hit capped.

Except hit-rating is a greedy and selfish lover.  It doesn’t understand the concept of being hit-capped.  It doesn’t understand that we only need it to a certain point and then we crave other stats above it.  I’m sorry hit-rating, I didn’t mean to lead you on.  I just want to be friends. 

Hit-rating can’t let go.  It will begin to stalk you and slyly arranges to accidentally bump into you, under the cover of the new gear available from the ICC dungeons.

With the amount of hit rating on the Orca-Hunter’s Harpoon, it wasn’t  just a bump.  I would call it a tackle….

Chawa’s hit rating has been bothering me since she received the upgrades.  With a minor ring switch, currently she’s running around with 79 extra/wasted hit points over the cap.

Thankfully, OutDPS has put together a simple yet comprehensive gear list that also lists the amount of hit the gear gives you.  With it, I’ve used to identify upgrades that hit-rating hasn’t corrupted yet.

I’ve got my sights set on the Needle-Encrusted Scorpion Trinket from HFoS, which would conveniently replace the last piece of blue gear I’ve got.  Add that to a new pair of boots (from either normal or heroic HoR) and I’ll actually be 15 points under the hit cap!

Then I’ll have to send hit rating an apology and socket myself with a little yellow hit rating gem again.  Yes, hit rating, I still want you as a stat in my life but just not in everything that I equip. 

I’ll tell you what.  I know an up and coming troll hunter on his way to 80 that would love to get to you know better….  🙂

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