Well Mr.Backpedal, these conditions would have been helpful to know from the start! O:)
See, here are the situations:
We're fighting hard stuff. We need accuracy!
We're fighting lame stuff, so "min/maxing" as they say, is usually lame.
3) NOTSRS II: Abyssea Edition
This depends so much on the atmas, that the only clear choice is Haste/StoreTP.
So the information I gave you was in #1, the "SRS" category, because the others just really don't matter, unless you wanna tell me what exactly you're fighting and what atmas you're using (if applicable) -- then I can still help. :)
I will go down the list and try to clarify the items you took issue with:
ASA vs. Blessed
Remember you're comparing 125/512 vs 128/512, so when I call your 0.586% haste "0.6%" I am actually favoring your argument slightly (^_^;) http://wiki.bluegartr.com/bg/Haste:_In_Depth_by_Kirschy
Unless you're at literally perfect 95% accuracy, ASA is better. @94% ASA is better. If you're at 40% haste (gear,spell) and you add the 0.6% from capping gear, it comes out to almost exactly a 1% increase (0.985%). To put that in perspective, going from 94% accuracy to 95% accuracy (typically +2acc) is slightly above a 1% increase (1.064%). So, ACC+2 vs. Haste+0.6% >>> ACC+2 wins.
Here are some other values for the 0.6% from gear:
45% haste: 1.09% increase
50% haste: 1.20% increase
55% haste: 1.33% increase
60% haste: 1.50% increase
65% haste: 1.71% increase
70% haste: 2.00% increase
75% haste: 2.40% increase
And here's what the +7acc does for you:
91.5% to 95% = 3.83% increase
91.5% to 95% = 3.83% increase
86.5% to 90% = 4.05% increase
81.5% to 85% = 4.29% increase
76.5% to 80% = 4.58% increase
71.5% to 75% = 4.90% increase
66.5% to 70% = 5.26% increase
61.5% to 65% = 5.69% increase
56.5% to 60% = 6.19% increase
51.5% to 55% = 6.80% increase
46.5% to 50% = 7.53% increase
So basically, again, you need absolutely capped accuracy 95% always forever to the moon! Otherwise the "26th" point of haste (actually 0.6%) is inferior. Against "SRS" mobs, you will not be able to eyeball 94% vs 95% so you need to parse yourself if you want to ensure that it's helping you. Until you get a perfect 95%, you are hurting yourself by wearing blessed :(
If you're worried about appearances then you should not ask for optimization lol (although for the record, I hate uglygoat also, ewwwww!) We've known this since the good old days, from Optical Hat
to Walahra Turban
... so you need to choose between these two objectives:
1) Looks best
2) Performs best
...otherwise you will succeed at achieving neither -- especially when the piece in question (body) is so important to performance! And I promise I won't judge you for which choice you make :) They just contradict each other, that's all, so I can't help at that point.
My original comments on ugly Zelus/ACP: http://www.bluegartr.com/threads/42449-WHM-Melee-random-crap?p=4377796&viewfull=1#post4377796
When I've parsed myself over the years with KC, I typically got in the range of 1:1 ~ 2:1 ratio of WS:melee damage, depending on whether it's hybrid or pure DD; the ratio goes down the more you use Mystic Boon. Kraken actually produces very good damage for how weak it is ... because it swings so goshdarn much! Your melee dot is important, and DW is extremely helpful. As I mentioned, it's 12% more melee dot, so even at 4:1 ratio it's a 3% overall damage increase. That's huge!!!
Hint: You prolly don't have a 4:1 ratio though, I bet my Mjolly on it! Please parse yourself, this is very valuable information when making gear choices :)
Abyssal vs. Suppa
I'm 99% sure your DRK would be better off with Bale/Brutal, among other combinations. I sincerely hope your DRK doesn't need it for the acc! (._.;)
TP: Brutal Earring
You said you want highest speed but this actually slows you down by overwriting your KC's average of 3.8 swings with 2 swings, half the time. The quick verdict is "Break Even At Best" but will vary slightly based on your ratio; now especially
if you claim to have a 4:1 ratio then the fact that it's slowing down TP gain should make it obvious: Not Optimal
This is slowing you down. :(
Please parse your accuracy during melee dot, because your WS accuracy is currently BELOW that so I am skeptical. Not to mention it will never be truly consistent, because even with capped acc, 1 out of every 3 hexas will miss a hit, and that is a very frequent variance of about 22% (not 14%, because KC's hit will be disproportionately low, and because the otherwise 17% figure must also account for distributions with fewer than 6 out of 7 hits connecting).
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Abyssea & Weak Stuff
If you're truly after optimization in cases where ACC is never an issue, then you will wanna change the set I suggested with the following items in mind:
Hoard Ring (+4)
Tyrant's Ring (+4)
White Tathlum (+2)
Fourth Mantle (+2)
Almah Torque (+2)
Goading Belt (+5)* (haste-1)
HQ Blessed Ft (+0)* (haste+1)
Brutal Earring (still debatable)
...so that's 23-24 available, and the highest tier for gear alone is at STP+20, so you have room to mix/match a little. With Carbonara you could potentially get to 15 hits, or 13 hits with Scorpion Queen, and so on. These tiers will change based on your DW value:
Here is your StoreTP chart @189 delay:
20 hits = STP+0
19 hits = STP+1
18 hits = STP+7
17 hits = STP+13
16 hits = STP+20
15 hits = STP+28
14 hits = STP+37
13 hits = STP+48
12 hits = STP+60
Here is your StoreTP chart @212 delay (no suppa/acp):
18 hits = STP+0
17 hits = STP+3
16 hits = STP+10
15 hits = STP+17
14 hits = STP+25
13 hits = STP+35
12 hits = STP+46
11 hits = STP+59
10 hits = STP+75
I know that a lot of this may not be what you wanna hear, but I am trying to be as accurate as possible in terms of helping you maximize your damage output, in various situations. This comes from personal testing I've done, lots of 2nd-hand knowledge from the best and brightest over at BlueGartr, and a strong passion over 7 years for a very silly hobby to have in life: MeleeWHM in deadFFXI :)
I hope this has helped and I will continue to try to help if you provide me with more information. And in the future if you're just going to be stubborn about some gear choices (Denali Bonnet was so PRETTY in its day!!) then that is perfectly fine! I will not give you a hard time about it, I can be stubborn too sometimes. But all I ask is that you let everyone know beforehand so silly people like me don't have to waste time optimizing for a slot that isn't going to change (for whatever reason).
Again, thanks so much for reading, and for giving me another chance to come out of pseudo-retirement and forumlurking, to relive the quiet beauty that is MeleeWHM. I am always happy to talk about killage! :) Edited, Nov 15th 2011 5:17pm by RyaWHM