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09.14.2019 , 02:33 PM | #1
An Attempt at Sorting out the Myriad of Upgrades, Sidegrades and Downgrades that 6.0 Drops

Testing gear drops I've observed 29 different types of ears and implants a character can acquire at item level 306. A few of them are likely best in slot, while the others offer different amounts of mastery, endurance, power, defense, or tertiary stats. Some may show up only with defense and shield or absorb, while others only with power and accuracy, alacrity, or critical. There may yet be more versions, or even more variants, but I haven't seen them. Some are better or worse than others.

Observations:
  • 50% of the drops will be Sha'tek, most best in slot (when paired with Adept, Initiative or Quick Savant)
  • 50% of the drops will be one of other variants (paired with Efficient, Proficient, etc.) Tanks get to be more discerning about what is best.
  • Variants have at least two, or perhaps more versions.
  • Of the variants, Mantellian, Mier-Lang, and Sund, stand out. These are tanky, with higher endurance and tertiary stat with low mastery, and low secondary. There are at least 5 versions of the Mantellian. They might be more suited when running content under Level Synch given their higher tertiary stat and that Level Synch pretty much ignores mastery, endurance and power for level 75 characters running such content. However the higher tertiary stat is a minor improvement. Sund can offer the largest tertiary (+471).
  • Some of the versions have very low tertiary stats.

Here are the Variant prefixes, some of their versions, and their stats. Sha'tek v2 is best in slot for DPS and healers.
  • Arakyd Industries (v1 +812 Mastery, +1112 Endurance, +585 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Arakyd Industries (v2, +824 Mastery, +1127 Endurance, +555 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Baktoid (v1, +806 Mastery, +1148 Endurance, +563 Secondary, +422 Tertiary)
  • Baktoid (v2, +824 Mastery, +1127 Endurance, +555 Secondary, +422 Tertiary)
  • BlasTech (v1, +825 Mastery, +1117 Endurance, +561 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • BlasTech (v2, +830 Mastery, +1115 Endurance, +558 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • InterroTek (v1, +800 Mastery, +1135 Endurance, +652 Secondary, +376 Tertiary)
  • InterroTek (v2, +800 Mastery, +1135 Endurance, +560 Secondary, +441 Tertiary)
  • InterroTek (v3, +836 Mastery, +1097 Endurance, +568 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Mantellian (v1, +802 Mastery, +1143 Endurance, +545 Secondary, +441 Tertiary)
  • Mantellian (v2, +808 Mastery, +1134 Endurance, +563 Secondary, +433 Tertiary)
  • Mantellian (v3, +814 Mastery, +1132 Endurance, +542 Secondary, +441 Tertiary)
  • Mantellian (v4, +816 Mastery, +1121 Endurance, +565 Secondary, +441 Tertiary)
  • Mantellian (v5, +816 Mastery, +1136 Endurance, +589 Secondary, +405 Tertiary)
  • Mier-Lang (v1, +830 Mastery, +1116 Endurance, +562 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Mier-Lang (v2, +830 Mastery, +1118 Endurance, +522 Secondary, +451 Tertiary)
  • Mier-Lang (v3, +835 Mastery, +1109 Endurance, +562 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Sha'tek (v1, +818 Mastery, +1049 Endurance, +652 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Sha'tek (v2, +858 Mastery, +1007 Endurance, +652 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • SoroSuub (v1, +813 Mastery, +1112 Endurance, +589 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • SoroSuub (v2, +829 Mastery, +1161 Endurance, +534 Secondary, +409 Tertiary)
  • SoroSuub (v3, +829 Mastery, +1113 Endurance, +568 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Sund (v1, +801 Mastery, +1123 Endurance, +523 Secondary, +471 Tertiary)
  • Sund (v2, +801 Mastery, +1115 Endurance, +567 Secondary, +451 Tertiary)
  • Sund (v3, +835 Mastery, +1095 Endurance, +589 Secondary, +429 Tertiary)
  • Systech (v1, +802 Mastery, +1131 Endurance, +580 Secondary, +431 Tertiary)
  • Systech (v2, +829 Mastery, +1125 Endurance, +582 Secondary, +409 Tertiary)
  • Systech (v3, +843 Mastery, +1128 Endurance, +564 Secondary, +409 Tertiary)
  • Systech (v4, +860 Mastery, +1120 Endurance, +551 Secondary, +409 Tertiary)

Power or Defense are Secondary. Absorb, Accuracy, Alacrity, Critical, or Shield are Tertiary.
Of course, some of them are better for different classes, disciplines, and roles than others.