The new "Golden Number"

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The new "Golden Number"

Post#1 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:01 pm

For those not following the beta/wotlk forums, the new Defense value required to be non-crittable at level 80 is 540.

Base Defense at 70 is 350, and at level 80 base Defense will be 400. The difference from base Defense to crit-immune remains an additional 140 Defense regardless of level (ie. 490 @ 70 or 540 at 80).
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Post#2 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 2:56 pm

It's important to remember, however, that Defense Rating (not the skill itself) will scale dramatically in WotLK. See this thread for analysis. By my rough calculations, you'll need 36-37 more Defense Rating at each level to remain capped.
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Post#3 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:27 pm

689 defense rating is required at level 80 I believe.
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Post#4 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 3:32 pm

My rough calculations showed 697 as the minimum defense rating, but it was based on an estimate of the ratio scaling from 70 to 80 at approximately 2.1. 689 would put it at more like 2.076, which is closer to my original estimate of 2.08, but was inconsistent with some of the other data I saw from the screenshots on MMO Champion. It's close enough, though.

Edit: It is also no longer necessary to hit 102.4 avoidance, since Crushing Blows will no longer occur from raid-level bosses. This should relax some of the itemization restrictions and allow tanks to gear for additional shield block value.
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