I have a few questions (some not related to gear), but I figured it'd be better to make a post here instead of creating a new topic. First off, my equipment at level 57, as a Hume:
Main: Holy Lance (Upgrading to GKL at 60; I'll probably bring a DM along if we fight VT mobs, if the process rate is worthwhile.)
Sub: Mythril Grip +1 (Pole Grip at 60)
Ranged/Ammo: Never got my RSE sachet; grabbing a Tiphia Sting for next level.
Head: Walkure Mask (I use it on non-Valkyrie jobs)
Neck: Peacock Charm
Earrings: Spike Earrings
Body: Scorpion Harness (probably going to sell my JPeti soon)
Hands: Spiked Finger Gauntlets
Back: Jaguar mantle (Amemet Mantle +1, Noodles, at 61)
Waist: Life Belt/Swordbelt +1 (Life Belt is fulltime)
Feet: Bounding Boots (Tabin +1 at 59; Marine M at 62)
That's my TP gear for now. I don't really have any complaints about it (though feel free to point something out)--what I'm unsure of is my WS set, which doesn't really exist. I eat Meat Chiefkabobs whenever possible, because I believe I have the accuracy to pull it off (and the results are pretty nice; granted, I have no parses to back it up, though I'm sure most will agree that meat grants an amazing bonus).
But, if applicable, how does one go about swapping STR gear when eating meat? I know sushi-eaters tend to have that privilege, but I'm really not sure how to go about this, considering how integral accuracy equipment is to meat-eaters. Swapping out my PCC for Spike Necklace (10 acc > 3STR/DEX) doesn't seem like a good trade-off; neither does SFG for RSE (12atk > 3STR/DEX). I do occasionally swap out an accuracy ring for a STR ring, but, alone, I don't think the STR ring is doing much. Any suggestions?*
*Are there any recommended parsers? I bookmarked kparser, but never got around to downloading it.
Secondly, about food: When are you supposed to make the switch from one attack food to another? Do you wait until your attack is capped from the current food before upgrading, or do you upgrade before you reach the cap? As far as I understand, eating food with too high of a cap will yield less of a bonus than eating something with a cap closer to your base attack. I've been using Chiefkabobs since level 40~, and at level 57, my attack sits at 287 (Chiefkabobs cap at 295). Is there a general rule of thumb for this?
Lastly: Which is the "better" DD sub at 60, /war or /sam? Any particular scenarios where one greatly outshines the other? I've been reading about all the merits of subbing samurai, but such information only seems to apply to meripo, where Seigan is, understandably, a huge help.
Thanks for reviewing. Sorry for the length; I tried to trim off as much as I could.
Ok, here we go. Firstly, your TP set listed:
GKL is your best choice. The proc rate on the Dark Mezraq is not worth building a gear set around. You should consider it as a nice bonus, but nothing more. The proc rate is the same as the Lv75 Mezraq and Thalassocrat. When my Thalassocrat procs, the only thing I do any different is swap to my full STR/Att WS set, instead of my normal one (which has Acc pieces in aswell) when using Penta.
Next, as far as comments about your gear, Weapon/Grip/Ammo is great. Walkure mask is great too, I wouldn't worry about upgrading to the Valkyrie Mask, on my server it's 50k more (70k over 20k) for the 1 more Att. Earrings are good, you could possibly consider an Assault Earring, you dont need it to ding into but it is one of the best earrings, even at 75. You'll find most endgame drgs use Assault/Brutal as their ear combo, so it'll be worth getting sooner or later. Back, Wasit, Legs and Feet are great. Feral Trousers are an aesthetic upgrade at 64 if you so wish, it's down to personal prefference.
When creating your WS set, what you want to do is base it off your TP set.
That is, once you get enough Accuracy in your TP set that makes you comfortable, look to include that same amount of accuracy in your WS set, or possibly add slightly more if you're not at the acc cap. Swapping Att for Str depends on the Amount. I would probably use SFG over RSE, but I would use AF+1 or Heca over SFG. PCC should stay on over Spike Necklace always, as you can get better trade offs in other slots, and as for Rings, it depends on the rest of your gear aswell. If you don't need the Acc in that slot, it's a pretty good trade off for 5Str at 75. For your WS set currently, I would basically use your TP set. If you use a Haste build later on, or have strong WS options like Hecatomb, then you can think about re-working your set. The most important thing to do is keep enough acc for a good hit rate, then buff it in other slots.