Beat Odin and got an aesir ear pendant last night, thinking I'd use it for penta thrust. My question is, would it outperform either of the earrings I currently use? I use Brutal and Fowling. At first I was thinking of replacing Brutal with it, but I'm starting to think that giving up a 5% double attack chance on a 5-hit WS isn't very smart. Assuming my acc for penta isn't capped (which I'm pretty sure it isn't) would it be worth losing 3 acc for 7 atk and a chance to get a much higher tp return from the WS?
Short answer: keep Brutal/Fowling.
Longer answer: See the MNK forum
, particularly Kinematics' math. Over time, the Conserve TP is worth about +0.8 Atk (or +1.6 Atk during dark weather). So you're looking at roughly an "8 Atk" earring if you're talking WS damage.
The overall DoT increase from Brutal's 5% proc rate and from Fowling's Acc+3/STR+1 from Fowling (assuming uncapped Acc) stomp all over +8 Atk.
Notice that the MNK answer is different though, and MNKs likely WOULD want Aesir on Asuran Fists. But the reason is that Brutal is essentially useless on Asuran due to Asuran being an 8-hit WS (max number of attacks per round, so DA will never proc on it). A lot of MNK's now will WS in something like Hollow and an Atk earring like Merman's, Ethereal, Spike. This is an upgrade for those MNKs.
For other multi-hit WS though, Brutal is huge to get an extra hit, and the next concern is generally Acc to ensure you connect on as many hits as possible. Edited, Mar 24th 2010 1:52pm by Anza