The aim of this thread is to present feedback on sets that either are considered underperforming or were forgotten. The tests were done (and are being done) collectively which means that what i am presenting here is the fruit of our hivemind’s work. Thanks to the ones who participated and will participate in the future.
Our criteria are: CR timing (+average), CR succes rate and performance compared to non-set (or not full set) alternatives. That being said, its also worth understanding how sets support certain archetype or how they fail to do so and why.
Here is the list of the sets that are going to be discussed: (as the more tests will be done, in no particular order)
Done by @nofika4u
(i agree with everything above, one correction though - adding armor piercing wouldnt convert RoK’s phys into pierce)
Vindicator - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/D2prYgjZ
MH - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/vNQMPqXN – Video
Infil - https://www.grimtools.com/calc/O2GgelJ2 – Video
How does it perform compared to non set variants? Poorly:
Elemental MH - CR 4.18
Pierce Infil - CR 4.39 and much tankier.
So full runebinder is simply either terrible or obsolete. Why? Because it poorly supports the rune archetype. Set provides 3 things - AA (which is bad), up to 33% cdr and flat to runes. Its not hard to understand that flat damage for rune doesnt do much, as runes have a lot of it by default and the values sets give fall in comparison. Which is better adding 79 flat cold and 8% crit to a skill that has ~400 flat cold or converting 400 pierce into cold? For elemental the problem of runebinder is that it blocks this conversion on Hag and then doesnt add anything meaningful to it instead. For RoK even 1 extra projectile adds more damage than 104 flat. Which brings us to the conclusion that 5 points bonus from runebinder is bad for runes and one is better off with either 4 pieces or simply with other gear (as demonstrated in nofika’s MH).
As for pierce side - -10% rr to seal is a joke. Moreover, RoK cannot be used on pierce because physical cant be converted and pierce RoK conduit is already taken. Tbh it would be better if the set gave up on pierce.
Then general weakness - double runes is very point hungry (5 nodes + AH + Seal) meaning that set at most gives a couple of skillpoints for each node. Which makes it replacable to average +1 to inq on weapons, head and amulet slot. Again, not in favor of full runebinder.
Also worth to mention that double rune is just hard to play due to long delay and positioning and takes a lot of practice to be piloted efficiently.
Conclusion: Set faills at supporting its archetype and is completely redundant to other options, being all around worse.