Ya, Viertel, this debate has been beaten to death now. I fully see the VIT benefits, but I also see the STR ones.
The point is that HP regen has been halved with the last update, and a good bloodbath does heal you for 10%
of your HP; also, a lot of fights contain some sort of DPS race element, and while WAR is no DD, it is a tank that
packs a bloody punch (literally) for being a tank.
The math on this one may be clear, but just as with parsers, it does not take into consideration the overall constellation
of game mechanics. If that 30 extra STR helps your group to burn down an ad just 1 AA tic faster, preventing it from
sneaking in that extra WS, it could easily mean an extra 500 HP of damage or some sort of nasty CC prevented.
Or take Garuda for example. Garuda does not hit overly hard, so damage mitigation, while certainly important, is not
the issue. But if the fight drags on for too long, you'll run out of pebbles to hide behind, and then it's bye-bye whether
you have that extra 450 HP or not. Because even if you survive the AOE burst - the rest of your team won't.
People forget vit does a lot more than just raise HP, with more hp (as a tank) you get stronger stoneskin, your natural regen is also stronger every 3 secs, Lustrate from sch is stronger so is sch shield (forgot name, edit: now that i think about im not sure about the sch shield).
Definitely true. But I rarely see WHM stoneskin me mid-battle (it's horribly inefficient considering the MP cost), and
since we're talking MRD/WAR here, he'll not stoneskin himself either. The natural regen is a good point, but going full
VIT would give you a measly 4.5 HP every 3 seconds (90 HP per minute); I assume 30 extra STR will translate into
more than that via bloodbath alone? Lustrate is another good objection (I didn't think about, to be honest), but here
full VIT also results in an extra 90 HP healed; once, and only provided you have a SCH in your PT. The SCH shield
doesn't work, unfortunately.
It's not as easy as it seems. Edited, Oct 16th 2013 11:36am by Rinsui