One of the things that has intrigued me for some time is the concept of Haste as a TDR stat. Ever since the introduction of the Indomitable Primal Diamond there’s been some interesting questions surrounding the concept of Haste as a TDR Stat. But it hasn’t really been determined exactly how it compares with simply going for Mastery. Well, I have the answer :)
RPPM – A Recap
The legendary meta gems all function on the RPPM – or “Real Procs Per Minute” – system. Hamlet does a much better job describing the math behind RPPM than I ever would. In any case it’s enough to say that anything on the RPPM system is improved by how much Haste Rating you have on your gear. Guardians of course are better off than most because of our passive bonus from Bear Form.
The question then becomes is it more effective to add more Haste to increase the effectiveness of the new meta, or add more Mastery for passive damage reduction? Turns out it’s not quite that simple.
A Tale of Two RPPMs
You might recall that something called “Bad Luck Protection” was added to RPPM trinkets recently. Well as of yet we have no confirmation whether or not this was actually added to the legendary metas or not. However that doesn’t mean we can’t compare the two and see what happens!
The graph plots total damage reduction on the Y axis, and the amount of stats gained on the X Axis.
Before I go any further I should note that these numbers were generated using my own stats. Now you could replicate the calculations for yourself, but the relative results will be identical to what you see above, until Armor is capped. Hopefully now you understand why I made the point about “Bad Luck Protection”. Unsurprisingly – at least to me – Mastery still comes out on top in terms of overall damage reduction.
That doesn’t mean this added side benefit of Haste might not make it substantially more valuable to some. It’s worth noting as well that this doesn’t count T&C, since I can’t really come up with an effective way of modelling that. It pretty much requires a sim, something that I don’t have the expertise to build….unfortunately.
As always, it’ll be up to you to weigh the pros and cons of each stat and determine what you want for yourself and your raid.