I'm hume, so I can wear the Ocean stone. On my server, both are 300k. Stone gives 2 def, 30 MP, -5 STR, +3 int +2 Mnd. Pent. Rope is 4 def, -20HP, 3 int, 5 MND -3 ENM.
Now, I don't party, so the -3 Enmity doesn't matter to me. I solo pets, so more often then not, i'm /nin(since sneak/invis is so unreliable with /whm). It seems over-all that Ocean stone, which can be worn earlier, is the same price, and same INT(tho 3 less mnd), and gives 30 MP with no -HP, is the superior choice. However, I've been known to be wrong before(plenty of times), so I just want to hear opinions from BLMs who know much more about the job then I do :)
Thanks ahead of time!