Those pants are trying to be melee pants and retaliation pants at the same time, except they don’t give phys res or enough stats to be good for melee and don’t give any relevant skill bonuses to Retaliation builds (and simply outmatched by Thornhide and even blue retal pants).
I would say medals are somewhat ok. Not gamebreaking like cold Undying Oath (or even Mark of the Dark Dreams for some builds) or Lightning Korvaak’s medal or Pierce Direwolf, but okay-ish. Boots are pretty solid: Stonetreaders are pretty massive and Venomspines give insane amount of resists/DA for someone like Dervish or Sentinel.
Sadly you’re right. Especially on OK casters it’s so much better to take DG+Aeon to gain massive stats . I figured very good devotion route for it, will show you tomorrow. For my DW melee WH will still go Murmur+Abomination because I am using both hands of the proc but sometimes it’s not really worth it.
Also Acid have pretty good T1 devotions and you can still take them and have attack power on top of permanent Ascension and slow from Aeon.