Taipan +2 (fire) 262.787
Taurine Cesti 266.090
Revenant +2 w/A.Fury 266.245
Spharai (90) 304.109
Revenant +2 w/V.Smite 327.825
Verethragna (90) 406.036
Thats interesting, guess i'll switch to Taurine for now from fire taipan
Well, it still depends on situation and your other gear. On Kine's spreadsheet in my setup, I actually get Fire Taipan +2 slightly edging out Taurine. But let's look at it a little more: Fire Taipan +2:
DMG+29, Delay+61, STR+9, Atk+20 Taurine:
DMG+28, Delay:+48, STR+6, Subtle Blow+10, Enhances Boost Points in favor of Fire Taipan+2:
From a WS perspective, they're better than Taurine with a DMG+1/STR+3/Atk+20 advantage. So if you're not meleeing the target full time and focusing on WS (for example, not tanking an Abyssea NM or feeding it TP, but building TP with Regain and on other mobs, moving in to WS the NM), you'd probably be better off using Fire Taipans. Taurine's Boost enhancement is the wild card, giving ~5% attack bonus to Boost. If you can hit Boost every time before you WS that pulls them closer... but sometimes it can be tricky to time it just right, and even then you slow down DoT a bit just through JA use lag. Points in favor of Taurine:
1) They're a nice piece to cap Subtle Blow for when that comes in handy. Could cap SB (50%) in many setups - say, Job Trait (+20), Taurine (+10), Tantra Crown +2 (+10), Rajas (+5), Agasaya (+5). Heed Ring and Tantra Crown +1 are in the mix of possibilities here too.
2) High crit rate (from Atma, gear, whatever) benefits Taurine a little more than it does Fire Taipans, just due to the lower delay/more chances to crit over time. Conclusion:
They're both really close, so much so as to be practically sidegrades unless you're focusing mainly on WS and not doing much TP (Taipan+2 win), or if Subtle Blow is particularly important (Taurine win). Not really something to sweat if you can get one or the other, and situational but practically a toss-up if you have both.
The HUGE consideration if you're planning for the future though... Taipan+2 will likely get future magian trials, Taurine presumably are what they are now and won't change. In which case the next stage of Taipan+2 will leave Taurine in the dust. Edited, Jun 13th 2011 2:16am by Anza