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I have some armor where the shoulder green shoulder armor is 99 points higher in armor rating than the blue shoulders. The green boots are 142 points higher in armor rating than the blue boots. Since I'm a 90 BM hunter and rarely get hit I favor the blue shoulders. But I am not sure which boots I should use. Is there a rule of thumb when the discrepancy between blue and green armor makes a difference?
The quality of the item (green, blue, purple) doesn't matter, it's about which one has the best stats for you. Armor (the actual kind of armor you find on gear) is useless to a Hunter so if that's the only difference between the two, than pick the one you think looks coolest.
Since Cataclysm (4.0) only the itemlevel determines the amount of stats an item has, the quality (the color) only correlates somewhat, level 90 epics (purples) are always better than level 90 blues - because they always have a higher itemlevel -, but especially for green and blue items, there are many occurrences where a green item has a higher itemlevel, and thus more stats, I'm guessing the blue shoulders are from an early-level Pandaria dungeon or quest - but of course, as you mentioned, secondary stats such as Hit (and note that you also need Expertise even as a hunter now) can make an item more attractive even though it has a slightly lower itemlevel. Then again, there is Reforging.
Anyway, the rule of thumb is definitely "higher itemlevel = better item".
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