I just finished testing every armor enchant as part of The Bowser (Spiked Turtle) reflecting GF build.
Sadly, I am now convinced that @denvald
and others are correct.
Most armor enchants are useless for GFs, especially Protectors and reflector builds.
Frost: single target only is good for PvP but not for a GF in PVE. Also, a long Internal Cool Down
Fireburst: uselessly small AoE and long ICD
Thunderhead: chain is good for threat, but ICD is long and chains too rarely to be very useful
Bloodtheft: Unless you can afford Transient, you have to be nearly dead for it to lifesteal.
Also ICD is too long.
Barkshield: Stacks are discharged too quickly with even minor damage
Briartwine: good for a GF reflector build, but not for much else
Negation: great. Sadly, the only good choice.
Soulforged: Meh. Better than nothing. Good resurrection bonus with that Lathander bonus. But GFs need help with NOT dying.
Did I miss any enchants?
What are your thoughts on GFs and armor enchants?
Forget to mention Elven Battle.
I tested it a perfect EB...
EB: I had mixed results. This is a great way to achieve permashield with the Stamina regin.
But there are dozens of ways to stack Stamina without using an Enchantment slot.
Frankly, my Bowser Build has way too much stamina. The EB was overkill.
Leading to the second problem with EB for a Protector... with all that Stamina, you have permashield. With permashield, you are already resistant to most CC anyway.
Offered nice protection in CC heavy PvE environments for those transition-momemts when you have to drop shield to fire an encounter or daily.
So I'd say EB is a good option for protector if you lack permashield and have very high defense and survivability.
Negation tested better then EB on my Spiked Turtle.
Damage mitigation is more useful to a GF tank than CC resist in most PvE situations.