2.4 was announced that Blizzard would be introducing "Tier 6" level Badge gear.
The Legs and Ring look pretty good. Both of the Chests have possibilities but the boots are just bad. The Belt is situational. You would think for their cost and being an entire Tier above the 2.3 Badge they would be clear upgrades in all cases.
Not so much.
First up we have the big ticket item,
Inscribed Legplates of the Aldor
37 Spell damage
Comparing it to the 2.3 Legs, Unwavering Legguards.
5 stamina, 3 defense, 43 dodge, 37 spell damage
-1 socket, -30 Block Rating, -59 Block Value
The stamina and defense are easily made up by the extra socket, but the Dodge and Spell Damage blow the old badge legs out of the water.
It seems like I'd want the new Badge Legs for Bosses and threat fights and use the old badge legs in my Block Value set.
100 Badges and it looks like a definite BUY!
They've also added a new Tanking Ring to Badges.
Ring of the Stalwart Protector
Compared to the Violet Signet of the Great Protector,
+8 Stamina, +28 Dodge
Assuming I can take the hit in the defense department, this would be an upgrade in most of my sets.
There is new Chest from Badge rewards.
Shattrath Protectorate Breastplate
34 Spell Hit
60 Spell Damage
The Spell Hit really boggles my mind. We only have a couple of skills that rely on spell hit, and those aren't even what I'd consider critical ones. Avengers Shield and Taunt both go off melee hit.
Compared to the Chestguard of the Stoic Guardian,
18 stamina, 4 defense, 25 spell damage
-2 sockets, -38 dodge
The sockets easily equalize out the stamina and defense gains making it a trade of spell damage for dodge.
Initially this looks like a poor trade, however, I'm getting close to having over 25% dodge in nearly every gear set. It might actually make sense to reduce my dodge a little bit and pick up more spell damage, especially if I pick up dodge on the new ring and the new legs.
Now we look at the boots. They recently changed on the PTR to add some additional armor and changed the name as well.
Blues Greave's of the Righteous Guardian
23 Spell Hit
34 Shield Block Rating
26 Spell Damage
Comparing these to my current boots, the Sabatons of the Righteous Defender
100 armor, 13 stamina, 5 spell hit, 34 shield block RATING, 3 spell damage
-1 less gem slot
-30 Block Value
For 75 badges? This is Tier 6 level Badge gear? Give me Righteous Defender any day.
Next up, we have the Girdle of the Fearless.
23 Hit Rating
One of the reason I dig the Aldori Legacy Defender so much is because it has the melee hit for Righteous Defense and Avenger's Shield. Nearly every time I do the Bear Avatar in ZA, I get at least one taunt resisted. Those resists have caused wipes or a slow down and have prevented us from beating the timer. Since I won't be seeing the ALD anytime soon, I could substitute this belt in my gearset for situations where a taunt is critical, but it remains a fairly situational piece, and won't be a high priority.
Finally, you have the much anticipated "Warrior" Chest.
Chestguard of Stoicism
39 Block Value
Compared to my current Block Value chest, The Panzar'thar Breastplate,
210 Armor, 27 Stamina, 25 Defense, 34 Dodge
-2 sockets, -24 block rating
The Stamina difference can almost be made up for by the sockets, and you trade the Block Rating for Defense. You pick up some good armor, and healthy amount of dodge.
I do a ton of AoE tanking right now (Tidwalker, Dragonhawk, soon Solarian) so this is definitely a purchase I need to consider.
The Legs, both chests, and the ring come to a nice round 360 badges. The belt would increase that to 435 badges.