Are you trying to defend the fact that we have to equip INFERIOR gear to maintain our DPS? You're ok with a set bonus being so important that it completely outweighs any other change in a person's item configuration?
Yes and yes.
Also, Blizzard has said themselves that they don't want set bonuses to be so good or so bad that it means people won't upgrade to the new Tiers. Guess what 90% of Moonkin are doing, NOT upgrading.
Not upgrading is a valid choice, just as upgrading is. I personally feel that tier sets should be relatively equal (less stat changes, not the huge ones we're seeing), with different bonuses that give us some choice in playstyle.
4T9 isn't *that* far behind 2T8/2T9...
I get what you mean, Xiera, and I would not mind this approach to teir sets either. I think it would be great, but the fact is that it is not the way they are currently designed. As far as I know, we are the only class/spec who has a 4t9 bonus so terrible that a split set tier armor is suprerior (correct me if I'm wrong, there).
I wouldn't mind it if everyone had teir armors that were of near equal value, but when we are the only ones, basic logic suggests we got a raw deal on t9 or too sweet a deal on t8. Our dps was not crazy at t8 level, so I do not believe we were OP then, so I can only conclude that we got short-shrifted on t9. Our 4t9 bonus, should have been categorically better than 2t8, 2t9 if we were geared and balanced correctly with other classes.
If the game were designed in the manner you suggest for all classes, Xiera, I would not have a problem, but I do not think it is at all (at least not since pre-TBC perhaps).