Head: Aias bonnet
body: Loki's kaftan
hands: Raider's armlets +2
legs: Matre Bragezenn
feet: Lithe Boots
neck: Shadow Gorget
belt: Shadow belt
back: Nifty Mantle
earring: Thunder earring
earring: Thunder earring
ring: Thundersoul ring
ring: Rajas ring
ammo: Raider's boomerang
sub: Triplus dagger
Only major changes I would make is Legs to Heca+1 and change out shadow gorget/belt for love torque/Cuchulains (and obviously minor +1s like 3dex pixie earring/pearl earrings). 3.25 mod at 100tp means those +0.1 off the shadow pieces are only about 3% boost each. But that is ONLY to teh WS part and adds 0 damage to the SA or TA aspect (and you SHOULD always stack it anyway), not to mention the added atk on both love torque/cuch belt.
I just double checked on my homemade damage excel sheet using a rather weak hypothetical abyssea mob (exp type estimate). Even with the obscene dex values you get in abyssea (free dex makes shadow pieces scale better than adding more dex), gorget lost to love torque on SA+Rudra by a TINY TINY hair (like 1 point of damage). Few things to consider:
*Outside abyssea dex is way lower so adding dex is even stronger
*This was a low def mob. Higher level mobs will see even higher returns from teh atk on torque/cuch belt
*This ignored any DA/TA procs (FTP only effects the 1st hit. Dex mods/atk affects ALL hits)
*I only just checked torque. Belt has +1 dex and +3 more atk so it would fair even better.
*This is at 100% TP. The more overflow TP you have (or saving for aftermath) forces FTP WAAAY up making those shadow +ftp items get even worse compared to dex. More TP=more power from dex and less from +ftp.
Nify mantle does win for SA+Rudra, but iirc it worked out that atheling wins for TA+Rudras. Im a little lazy so I just use atheling for everything. Its really minor and saves me the trouble and who doesnt like more pretty DA procs :P
TLDR: the shadow items under ideal conditions can MATCH the dex/atk for SAWS and edge it out on TAWS on low def targets. In less than ideal conditions (read: in game) Dex/atk pulls away from shadows on SAWS and is a wash on TAWS. torque/belt are going to generally outperform shadow gear in-game.
If you have a love torque or cuchulains i would reccommend sticking with those. If you dont, the shadow stuff is perfectly fine, but if your looking for ideal all-around gear, id shy away from the shadows. If you are going nuts to get 'perfect' gear, you will probably need 4 sets based on mobs and stacking. SA+WS high def+low def sets and TAWS high def+low def sets. But that is just way to much effort for me to gain 5-10 more damage on a 3-4k WS. Edited, Mar 21st 2011 5:16pm by Banalaty