Maybe I misunderstand because I haven't played much with synthetic anywhere yet but is DD even available outside of heroes?
Yes, once you unlock a synthetic atma it becomes available in every zone. It's just a key item and as such works in all areas.
Also, I was kind of thinking that since it caps at 50% it would make sense to use RR/VV and then if you wanted that last 20% crit hit rate, use scorpion queen for a theoretical 30 store TP as opposed to the AGI/eva? (for DD I mean).
There are better choices than the dark depths for crit rate, I just don't have them yet. The Gnarled Horn is enough to cap crit rate and give a bigger agility boost but because of work I missed the runs where my shell farmed it, and I've been looking at the store tp atmas with curiosity as well. I didn't remember the scorpion queen until you brought it up, but it looks awesome. I'd like to see what a "Major" store tp atma would do to my tp gain. Thief never used to have any way to get sTP outside of corsair rolls and gear, and most of the gear with sTP was outclassed by haste/acc alternatives. Now we can do a lot more than before, so I'm trying to see what kind of sTP options I could add and where. I'm currently using Rajas/belenos's/brutal fr sTP +8, Loki's + goading belt would be +20 (or 15 with raiders vest +2). Kila +2/Rapidus gets 4.9 tp/hit and the atma of the scorpion queen would increase my crit rate to 50% as well as add +30 sTP for a total of 38 sTP (45 with loki's and 50 with goading and loki's). Instead of 4.9 tp/hit i would get 6.7 tp/hit with no gear changes, 7.1 with loki's, and 7.3 with loki's and goading. There's obvious diminishing returns after the atma is added so blue raider's vest is a sure bet over loki's if you have the scorpion queen and rajas/belenos/brutal, but goading is still a good upgrade and I can still cap haste with it, although I may want to fulltime my blue hands in lieu of homam one day.
I LIKE the scorpion queen and I LIKE Razed Ruins, but a 3rd atma is kinda up in the air. I'd probably choose the alpha/omega and let it be with that for dd, but I need 2 more zone boss kills for my 3rd lunar yet so it's a matter of time. My work schedule cuts into my playtime so I get done what I do as I can. Edited, Dec 15th 2010 4:27pm by Melphina