So what are you guys using (primarily in raiding applications)?
T9 - Subtle Rune of the Marshes
+250 ranged crit defense
T8 - Ancient Rune of the Storm
+600 ranged defense
T7 - Deep Rune of the Forest
-2.5% attack duration
I guess there are two basic questions.
1. Is 600 Ranged Defense worth +50 morale and +250 Ranged Crit Defense?
I suspect not, but I havent ranged tanked enough to know if that crit defense is substantially more valuable than the raw ranged defense.
2. Is -2.5% Attack Duration and the associated DPS worth +50 power and 600 Ranged Defense?
This seems close to me. The power is a rounding error. Ranged defense can be had by Virtues, but there seems to be very limited ways to get -Attack Duration. I know that most of a Hunter's overall attack speed is consumed by Inductions and not Animations, and that Attack Duration only effects the Animations, but do you think the Duration buff gives enough DPS (auto-attacks firing more frequently, etc) to justify the defense hit?
What it be?