So last week I got my four piece DPS set bonus. And I now deeply resent said set bonus, because it is effectively useless. In a ten minute dummy parse, it procced three times. That’s right, I got to hit execute three times in ten minutes. Subsequent use in actual raiding has proved no more exciting. On average I get one to two executes per boss fight out of it. Perhaps one free execute during execute phase. It is, simply put, terrible. I had heard that the Death Sentence buff was underwhelming, but saying that it is underwhelming is completely underselling how little it matters. Even for arms, which can almost always delay that Death Sentence execute until a Colossus Smash, it’s just underwhelming. For fury, you’d almost not bother — with the 20% buff to Bloodthirst and Raging Blow, just use those.
So my advice to you is, if you’re a DPS warrior, get the helmet and legs, maybe even the gloves – they’re all solidly itemized. Then get offset shoulders and a chestplate, especially since the tier BP is a haste/mastery BP. The two piece set bonus is good for fury and great for arms. But this is the first time in a while where I’d actually advocate not bothering with a four piece, and this is after I’d deliberately bid on and won the fourth piece myself thinking “It must be better than I’m hearing it is”. It’s not better than that. It’s significantly worse. Don’t waste your time.
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