I know not everyone is sold on Iota Ring, but I truly can't understand leaving it out if you're putting other "sidegrades" like Blood Ring in the guide. Or Ecphoria, a lower Acc ring than Snipers/Woodsman obtained at a later level, with the only real benefits being no negative stats and a tiny amount of Store TP (and I'm not complaining that Ecphoria is there, it totally deserves to be mentioned).
If the +3 DEX of Iota pushes you to an even number DEX total, it's a +5 Acc ring for MNK (3 Acc, 2DEX=1Acc). 3 Acc and 3 DEX is not "4.5 Acc", it's either 4 or 5 Acc. So potentially, identical in Acc performance to Blood/Snipers/Woodsman.
Iota has no negative stats, like Blood/Ecphoria. AND it has a H2H WS modifier (+3 VIT) on a good Acc ring, a pretty unique feature. Bigger deal on HF and DK (and for those PUPs out there, Stringing Pummel) than Asuran, but it's a benefit on any H2H WS. Hell, even the minor benefits of raw DEX AGI VIT are something. Admittedly not a massive deal, but I'll take even a minor increase in crits, decrease in enemy crit, more evasion, and less damage taken.
For anyone who is using a Snipers, Woodsman, or Blood Ring and has an odd number DEX, Iota is simply better. May not be a huge leap, but it's not even an argument that Iota beats those rings for TP or WS.
This is a MNK guide, but you also may have people who also have 2-handed weapon jobs, where +3DEX is even better as a DD stat (making Iota better for Acc than a regular +5 Acc, no matter what). Or a BLU who likes the spell modifier stats. So you've got other people who may get even more mileage out of the ring. Like the Hollow/Ethereal discussion, this is a MNK guide and you're talking about what to pick for MNK and not relying on other jobs. But Iota isn't the "almost as good as the better choice for MNK" option like Ethereal that people are rationalizing because they may use it on other jobs. Instead, here you're saying it's not worth the effort to get what is potentially a superior choice to the other +5 Acc rings for MNK, because... it's only a little bit better AND it may be more useful to other jobs?
If you have two of Rajas, Ulthalam's, Snipers +1, Toreador's, Divisor, Mars's (lucky you)... OK, use those. If you can't use two of those, Iota clearly wins over the rest if it leaves you at even # DEX.
Personally, I have Rajas but took Jalzahn's for my COR and RNG. And Snipers +1 and Toreador's aren't really in my budget right now. Excess Ampoules = Iota is the best thing I could buy with them and it also happens to be the best thing I can put on my finger unless I pony up for Snipers +1/Toreador's.
I wouldn't tell people they need to go do Einherjar just to get this ring on their MNK. But it's easily possible for someone who regularly does Einherjar to have no desire to commit to upgrading a Mythic and have more ampoules than they really know what to do with. Iota Ring is at the least the best MNK ampoule item, and quite possibly an improvement for a MNK's ring collection.
Edited, Mar 8th 2009 6:39am by Anza
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