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Best pre-raid head slot for tanks.
Strength budget seems really high compared to other tanking helms like
Crown of Wings
Headcover of Fog
, which leaves less room for more useful mitigation or threat-building stats.
What most shield tanks tend to miss, is the fact that things like strength increase your parry. As does agility for dodge.
When I compared this with the Wildhammer/Dragonmaw respective tank helmets, I would be getting around .35-ish more higher all around avoidance with the JP helmet. (With the JP helm, I had 11.69% dodge/13.08% parry. For the Crown of Wings I was using, I had 12.14% dodge/12.30% parry)And not forgetting, that the Wildhammer/Dragonmaw ones have a +30 dodge socket bonus, while this has +45 stamina, and stamina is considered more helpful to tanks than avoidance stats at this point.
While strength does not give quite as much as pure parry would, compared to all the other heroic tanking head pieces--Which all have expertise/hit. This ones strength tends to make up for the lack of pure dodge/parry stats for shield tanks.
This was all done with unenchanted/gemmed gear, of course.
What I'm wondering is, with the power of primary stats in Cata and the versatility of reforging, if this isn't better than some DPS helms at the heroic 5man level.
I agree with this. This helm has higher strength than any other 346 helms by a long way (because you'll be ignoring the socket bonus and throwing in a red Strength gem). Even something like the
only gets you 292 strength with it's socket bonus, while this helm gets you up to 342 (ignoring JC only gems . . . if anything they'd make the difference larger!).
In the end I guess it depends on whether the 50 strength is worth more or less to you than the secondary stats available on DPS plate helms.
Only reason I'm going for this one is because I can't find a group that doesn't skip to the last boss from Halls of Origin to get to the
other tanking helmet
What I don't like is that there is no justice-available upgrade - unlike the other pieces.
This item is no longer sold by the Justice Quatermasters. You will have to visit the Legacy QM instead.