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#1 Mar 12 2009 at 6:03 AM Rating: Decent
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So i've been changing my brd's set up lately and adding more def equip, i'm just about done, but need some help on which is better;

Magic Defense Bonus +5 vs. Magic Damage Taken -2%

I wanna say MDB is better but i rather hear it from ppl that actually know.

Thank you to everyone answering.
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#2 Mar 12 2009 at 7:13 AM Rating: Excellent
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Magic Damage -% caps at 50%, like phys dmg -%. Fully merited shell V gives you 25%, so you want another -25% magic dmg reduction in gear first. After that, add on +MDB to further increase resiliancy. And any cheap/free HP+ would help your taruness. ;)

As for choosing between the two you mentioned, I'd personally chose the MDB, but I don't know the math behind it. Someone else will know, but I'll give you a rough idea 1 MDB is = -0.9% magic dmg, so it's less effective than -% and has lesser returns when stacked compared to -%

Edited, Mar 12th 2009 10:15am by FenrirXIII
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#3 Mar 12 2009 at 3:22 PM Rating: Excellent
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MDB +5 translates to ~ -4% Magic Damage Taken, and it does not apply to the cap of 50% in Magic Damage Taken that accounts for Shell and "Magic Damage Taken" stat on gear.
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