I Thougt it was an Upgrade?

Today’s post comes from the Makeover department of Brew Hall HQ.

The other day I earned enough badges to buy my Conqueror’s Scourgestalker Headpiece. Gratz to me! It’s replacing my Hyaline Helm of the Sniper. Now the T8 helm is superior to the Hyaline Helm in almost every regard, however, it has one important stat the T8 doesn’t, and that’s +30 Hit rating.

Looking at my current gear, and talents, if I want to use this helm I’ll need to do some major re-working of gems, enchants, etc. This is both time consuming and expensive. Not to mention that there may other upgrades in my future that will force me to go through all of this again.

So what to do? The first thing is to go to femaldwarf.com and run the numbers. What I want to know is if I were equip the T8 helmet right now, is it an upgrade? Much to my surprise the answer was yes, but not by much. Also, I have one point in Focused Aim that I’d really like to dump (if you listened to Episode 1 of The Hunting Party you’d know that it’s a little broken again). If I equip the helm and respec, it’s not an upgrade.

Now I could keep going down this track and rearrange gems and enchants and sure I could make this work and come out ahead. But the thing to keep in mind is, your next upgrade may not be too far around the corner. In my case it was just a matter of earning enough badges to get Leggings of the Tireless Sentry, which in this day an age does not take very long.

So for me the best option was to put the helm in the bank for a couple of days until I could purchase those pants and then I could go through the process of re-gemming, re-enchanting, and re-spec’ing.

So the moral of the story for today boys and girls is that an upgrade is not always an upgrade. You can’t just compare the new item against the item it’s replacing. You need to look at it in the context of all your gear and talents and make decisions accordingly. Luckily for us hunters we have tools like the DPS Analyzer and DPS Spreadsheet.

Well time for me to get that makeover. 
 Good Hunting!