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Omophorus
12.25.2012 , 01:26 PM | #15
Shocking how often the people presenting "best" practices based on gut feel and anecdotes peace out when people with data show up.

Any strategy that leads to consistent success is viable, and is worth considering. The ones backed by data as optimal are usually the best starting point, and then one can adjust from there to account for objective reality.

Astoundingly, this is exactly what most math crafters say, and seat-of-the-pants fliers consistently find this message offensive.

Realistically, a sub-optimal setup is not so bad that it is easy to cost-justify a total overhaul. Once already geared, it's probably easiest to sit on the non-optimal setup until an upgrade opportunity comes along unless money is no object.

All that said, I would not recommend an END-biased build to a newly gearing Shadow/Sin. Start from mitigation and go from there.