It's also for the STP aswell, dont neglect it (it was the reason people used skadi legs over homam)
This was also a much closer comparison. lost 1% haste but gained not only 7stp, but also 1acc, 5atk as well. That is a much more lopsided trade than we get for the same 7stp in this scenario. (see below)
I just dont see it working out. Any set that requires the body to not be AF+2 requires you to drop TONS of acc/atk and such to maintain the haste.
AF body/head/hands/legs+Homam=26% haste, 48 acc, 25 atk, 8str (2fstr), 25 dex(Ddex), and 4/5 set bonus for TA damage
Mirke+homam hand+ballering+AF head/legs=25% haste, 39 acc, -2.5atk, 5str(~1fstr), 12 dex (ddex) and only 2/5 set bonus and 3% DW.
Loki+homam hand+ballering+AF head/legs=25% haste, 32 acc, -5atk, 0str, 18dex (Ddex), 5% crit damage and 7stp. Only 2/5 set bonus.
Would you trade 16 acc, 7dex, 30 atk, 8str and sacrifice 4/5 af bonus down to 2/5 all for 5% crit damage and 7stp? That is a hard sell to me. If acc is uncapped hell no. Absolutely not. Even if it is, that is a TON of atk. THIRTY atk. Not to mention 2 fstr and 7Ddex to loose.
Similarly, would you trade 9acc, 13dex, 27.5atk, 3str, and 4/5 down to 2/5 set bonus all for 3% DW? Again if acc is uncapped, hell no. Thats 4/5% hit rate and still a BUNCHA atk/dex/str etc.
*note: Non-AF sets also REQUIRE the use of Rapidus at ALL times to cap haste, or require dusk+1 gloves. Both of which are inconvenience or impractical at best and a detriment at worst.
I really dont see how 7stp and crit damage can beat 8% hit rate alone for TP/damage. Then there is some 30 atk and 3fstr and lolDdex (which we will REALLY care about outside of abyssea if 95/99 goes that route). If we stay inside, crit damage is pretty weak considering we are running with at least +38% crit damage minimum in abyssea making that 5% shrink.
I realize on a great many 'normal' mobs acc is capped. But I do not focus on them. I focus on the HNM class mobs I am often fighting now for 2 reasons.
1: We cant go all out due to ruby light crap anyway making things like STP irrelivant (holding TP far more often).
2: I dont fight those mobs anymore. Most people getting to lv 90 in exp groups DONT have this gear. Those that do have been at capped merits for MONTHS. I know i am not the only one that has no need of burn parties anymore on thf.
Therefore, I dont see a place for an 'easy mob' set of gear in abyssea because it is rare to fight those mobs where acc doesnt matter, and when we do, things like STP are VERY irrelivant due to holding TP. Outside abyssea, the str/dex/atk/Set bonus matter far more than crit damage because we crit so rarely.
I just dont really see a place for a non-AF based set right now because all of its pros fall into a different catch 22 both in and outside abyssea. Maybe I am missing something, but I just dont see the value in it. Edited, Feb 16th 2011 11:22am by Banalaty Edited, Feb 16th 2011 11:25am by Banalaty