That is a good point. I've held off on buying any good gear since I'm not sure which to get. I'm actually wearing masterwork stuff still. I'm thinking of going Knights or Clerics but I don't know. I like your idea of going with Writ of the Merciful. Any advice on Knights vs Clerics vs spending the Karma/Dungeon tokens for Pwr+Vit+Tough armor?
Cleric's armor is garbage. It weighs healing power at the same rate as other primaries and guardians don't have very good healing power ratios. Guardians have really nice base healing amounts, so it evens out there. Having some healing power is important, but not to the point that cleric's gives.
Knight's armor is good, because it gives you a decent amount of precision - which equates into critical hits - which equates into more dodges and more healing dodges (if you spec into it).
As for soldier's armor (power/toughness/vitality) - it is the tankiest armor while still retaining high damage. You don't get precision so you need to make it up somewhere.
The important thing to note is that a mix of armor provides better results than simply stacking 14/14 pieces of the same triple combination. I see arguments for different combinations, but what you want to shoot for is something in these parameters.
- 2400-3000 armor
- 14-22k health
- 10-40% critical chance
- I actually forgot the rough amount of power, it's been a week since I've logged in.
Getting soldier's armor is actually remarkably easy. It takes about two days. Buy the chest and legs with karma, and the rest with dungeon tokens. If you do all three paths in Ascalonian catacombs/honor of the waves you can buy yourself a piece of gear.