Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Timelapse Shard Confusion

At Exalted with the Keepers of Time, you gain access to a trinket called the Timelapse Shard. If you're too lazy to click the link, it's an epic item with +27 stamina stats, and two equip effects. The first is that it reduces your threat to enemy targets within 30 yards, which is just awesome for a PvE'ing aggro whore like myself. Sure, KTM makes aggro issues a thing of the past (ideally), but this trinket would allow you to increase your dps some while maintaining a similar amount of threat. Sexy.

The other equip effect has me a little confused. Along with reducing threat, the trinket also improves your resilience rating (decreases the chance you'll be crit and the damage you take when you are crit) by 24. These two effects don't seem to compliment one another, do they?

If you're getting smashed on, hopefully it's on purpose, and this thing would protect you from crits a bit. But since the trinket also reduces threat, it would make keeping aggro a bit more difficult, wouldn't it? And on the flip side, if you don't want aggro, which the threat reduction is great for, and you're getting hit, you're most likely screwed anyway (maybe you drew aggro or it's a wipe), and resilience is pointless in that scenario. I mean, maybe for that split second if one were to draw aggro, the resilience would keep them from potentially getting one-shotted, but if one is aggro-aware enough to equip this trinket for it's threat reduction, I doubt that person would also find themselves in such a situation, ideally, of course.

So, I guess what I'm saying is that I'm not exactly sure what to make of this thing. It seems like it has one real application in PvE and one real application in PvP. As an epic item, one would think it would have complimenting stats or something. I may just be unaware of a scenario where this pairing would be useful, and if that's the case, do let me know. Otherwise, I'll just continue to visit the Quartermaster that sells it and end up walking away, utterly confused by it yet again, and wondering if Blizzard employees designed this thing while drunk.

Some combinations make sense. This one, doesn't.


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