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Sometimes I see WTS/WTB for the TT Brilliance mod in zone chat, and wondered how good it really was. I imagine most of the endgame players have already done similar testing, but I thought it would be nice to post some results for people who are curious or can't be bothered to use the laser room. For the purposes of this test, I used the **1500 damage laser**, no superstats, no stat mods slotted, no spec tree, naked block. Obviously an actual build will have better numbers, but I did it this way to isolate the mod and set comparisons. I did not do Justice set since its fairly obvious that set is geared towards damage output.

r0 block = 200% damage resistance

virt 2pc bonus = 10% damage resistance

dist 3pc bonus = +64 def

ov secondaries (slicer, fitness, speed)

brilliance mod = 20% damage resistance

R9 impact = +21 defense

**3pc virt set (precision, fitness, efficiency) 113 def = 27% damage resistance**

virtuous set, no block, 1077

virtuous set, block, 382

virtuous set, 2x R9 impact mod, no block, 999

virtuous set, 2x R9 impact mod, block, 354

virtuous set, 2x brilliance mod, no block, 931

virtuous set, 2x brilliance mod, block, 330

**3pc dist set (offense, freedom, efficiency) 176.6 def = 42% damage resistance**

dist set, no block, 1060

dist set, block, 353

dist set, 2x R9 impact mod, no block, 991

dist set, 2x R9 impact mod, block, 330

dist set, 2x brilliance mod, no block, 930

dist set, 2x brilliance mod, block, 310

Based on these numbers, brilliance is better, but not by a whole lot. The gap between +def and brilliance might close even more when considering +def can be scaled in spec tree via fortified gear in guardian, warden, protector, sentry as well as armored in con tree. Distinguished's +64 def bonus seems to outperform virtuous' 10% damage resist bonus. Once we add the specs, ranked blocks, and power effects, the difference will likely become even smaller.

r0 block = 200% damage resistance

virt 2pc bonus = 10% damage resistance

dist 3pc bonus = +64 def

ov secondaries (slicer, fitness, speed)

brilliance mod = 20% damage resistance

R9 impact = +21 defense

virtuous set, no block, 1077

virtuous set, block, 382

virtuous set, 2x R9 impact mod, no block, 999

virtuous set, 2x R9 impact mod, block, 354

virtuous set, 2x brilliance mod, no block, 931

virtuous set, 2x brilliance mod, block, 330

dist set, no block, 1060

dist set, block, 353

dist set, 2x R9 impact mod, no block, 991

dist set, 2x R9 impact mod, block, 330

dist set, 2x brilliance mod, no block, 930

dist set, 2x brilliance mod, block, 310

Based on these numbers, brilliance is better, but not by a whole lot. The gap between +def and brilliance might close even more when considering +def can be scaled in spec tree via fortified gear in guardian, warden, protector, sentry as well as armored in con tree. Distinguished's +64 def bonus seems to outperform virtuous' 10% damage resist bonus. Once we add the specs, ranked blocks, and power effects, the difference will likely become even smaller.

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