Trinkets scare me. I mean they’re lovely bits of sparkle that have tasty buffs on them.. but for some reason, I have a very hard time telling if trinket A is better than trinket B. I blame the proc. For some reason the proc part of the trinket just scares me. The math of the proc just makes my eyes cross.
They’re all so similar.. and I just get confused. Which two should I use?
Last night I finally sat down and did some math. Here’s the simple math (simple meaning not complex.. meaning it’s close but not exact).
Sundial of the Exiled (or Mithral Pocketwatch) give you +84 crit, 590 SP from proc (10 secs up, 45 secs internal cd). Doing very simple math against the proc, this means that it will give a passive spellpower boost of 131.11 (10/45 * 590). So the sundial is -worth- 84 crit and 131.11 SP.
Abyssal Rune gives +84 haste, 590 SP from proc (10 secs up, 45 secs internal cd) works out to +84 haste and 131.11 passive SP (10/45 * 590)
Embrace of the Spider gives +98 SP, 505 haste from proc (10 secs up, 45 secs internal cd) works out to +98 SP and 112.22 passive haste (10/45 * 505)
According to my current pawn scale(“affliction early T8”), SP is worth 1.45, Haste is worth 0.90 and Crit is worth 0.76.
So I end up with the following:
|Sundial of the Exiled||131.11||0||84||253.92|
|Embrace of the Spider||98||112.22||0||243.51|
So according to my back-of-the napkin math, I should go with Abyssal Rune and Sundial of the Exiled (or Mithral Pocketwatch).
Now, before you go off and do what I did..and basic mathify all your trinkets.. have a peek over at the trinket list generated by Lootrank. I setup this lootrank based on “Early T8” Pawn Scale for someone mostly in T8.5 that is AT hit cap. If you’re below hit cap then consider some of the tasty +hit trinkets.
They seem to have based their math for the trinket worth on more complex math… that said, it holds true with my back-of-the napkin math.
One last thing.. consider the type of fight and make sure you’re using the right trinket for that fight. If you spend 100% of the time on the boss and never change targets then the values generated for the trinkets should be good enough to help you choose which trinkets to use. If, instead, you’re doing a fight that involves a lot of AOE or targeting a lot of different targets.. then some trinkets are better choices than others.
For example, the Illustration of the Dragon Soul is a highly rated trinket.. but if you can’t get a stack up on your target, because you’re spending a lot of time on other targets, then you lose the benefit of that trinket. In that case it may be better to go with a lower-overall rated trinket that boosts you rather than debuffing your target.
[edited to add: Well crud.. Stop and Llanion informed me that Illustration of the Dragon Soul puts a stack on me.. not the mob.. that totally undermines my point. *sigh*… oh well.. consider the point undermined]