if its anything like af for samurai, you should be able to macro it in for when you use sublimation, and then go back to ixion cloak for 3 mp sublimation and standing refresh?
Dont default him for this, he answered my question, just he didnt delve into what he meant.
So i tested it today, seems odd, but the sublimation effect is 3 while wearing hat, 2 with it off. If you sublimation with hat on, 3 a tick, the second you take hat off, its 2 a tick, but if you put the hat back on (during same sublimation period) it pops immediately back up to 3. Apparently its nothing like samurai with meditate. :( which is depressing.
I guess theres two ways to look at this though. One could say that this takes a bit away from ixion cloak... but you can look at this another way still.
Ok so say you get 10 ticks of sublimation at 3 Mp a tick with hat on = 30 MP
With Ixion cloak you get 10 ticks of sublimation with 2 mp a tick, and 1mp a tick of standing refresh = youd get 20 MP stored in sublimation, and 10 Mp directly into your MP pool.
Difference being, you get 1 now, 2 later. Which some people might prefer. Another plus, is if you arent using sublimation the second it gets to max, because the situation doesnt call for it... 2 things happen. One, with cloak, you keep recieving 1mp a tick. And second, your max sublimation is still the same, but you reach the max sublimation after a longer period of time. Heres what im trying to get at:
My max Sublimation is about 249 at lvl 72. Whether your wearing af hat or not, your max does not change. With AF1 Hat :
83 ticks of sublimation = sublimation complete. With ixion cloak on while using sublimation :
83 ticks of Sublimation = 2/3's of the way to sublimation complete.
But add in 1 tick of refresh per tick of sublimation, and Total MP recovered over the 83 ticks = the exact same as wearing AF1 hat.
So this looks like you lose nothing from either in terms of MP, assuming that you use sublimation as soon as its complete. But take another thing into account... your only 2/3s of the way done with sublimation at the same time sublimation is complete with AF1 head. At the same 3 mp per tick with both ixion and af1 hat, that means that your 3mp a tick is extended another 33% before it stops giving you sublimation ticks. Which essentially is what the new Sublimation merit does! Plus... remember there is a 30 second down time every time you use sublimation, so the longer you can go without having to use it, the less downtime there is for sublimation, and the more mp you have over time!
Honestly im not gonna say one peice is better than the other. Id be hard pressed choosing between mahatma body and ixion cloak, and wouldnt judge or look down on a single person for using either, even errant body. Its just a play style, and both sides would have a good argument why they like the other better. Even if the reason is they like the way they look better, you cant really argue. To be honest, i definitely want ixion a little less than i did before i found out you cant just macro in the hat when you USE sublimation for the full effect, but meh, if you do the math, the potential MP gained is more with ixion, but the INT is higher with errant, but the ixion has MACC, and give your MP pool ticks of refresh without using sublimation again!