Last night Kam won the Tier 8 gloves, the Valorous Worldbreaker Grips. These are a reasonable upgrade over the Tier 7 gloves, however if I equipped them, I would break my 4 piece Tier 7 bonus. I was interested to find out what effect this would have, so I set out to discover when I should break my set bonus.
To do this I used ShockAndAwe to export 4 configurations to Enhsim
- 4 piece T7 (Gloves, Chest, Legs, Shoulders) What I already have.
- 3 piece T7 and 1 piece T8 (Gloves) The Tier 8 gloves I won.
- 2 piece T7 (Chest, Shoulders) and 2 piece T8 (Gloves, Legs) Legs from Hodir which we can kill.
- 4 piece T8 (Gloves, Legs, Helm, Chest) Helm and Chest from Emblems of Conquest which will likely be my next upgrades.
4 piece T7 3222
2 piece T7 (1 piece T8) 3194
2 piece T7 2 piece T8 3283
4 piece T8 3481
So as I suspected, loosing the 4 piece tier 7 set bonus for just 1 bit of tier 8 is a bad thing. However dropping to 2 piece tier 7 and 2 piece tier 8 results in an overall DPS increase. Getting 4 pieces of tier 8 is just... wow a pretty amazing increase (I double-checked the figures, I could hardly believe it).
In summary I'll be keeping my 4 piece tier 7 set bonus until I can get 2 bits of tier 8. Roll on 3.2!