Pheonix striker questions Need a little help making my mind up on the sockets for my Phoenix Striker so ill guess ill start by listing my current gear. My gear so far 2 Assassin skills 30 Faster Run/Walk 20 dex 20 all res circlet(Clean) Bartucs(Clean) Bartucs(Clean) Treachery (Switching to CoH) LoH (switching to 2 MA 20 ias Str gloves when I can find a decent pair) Arach mesh Shadow dancers Maras Raven + BK Torch + Anni Skills 20 Blades of Ice 20 Claws of Thunder 20 Fists Of Fire 20 Phoenix strike 1 Dragon Claw 1 all prerequisites 1 to all Shadow disiplines except Venom,Fade, mind blast. Break points Hit 4 Frame - 86 FHR 14 Frame cast - 16 Other stats 60 FR/W Now I was figuring out what my best sockets would be long term after I finish getting my charms/Gloves ect. I can either adapt the sockets so that I use Burst of speed as active aura in which case UM runes/15 all resists jewels in all the sockets and use Burst of speed but resists are easily gotten from charms compared to IAS. Or Adapt to using Fade as main aura in which case I get a lot of damage reduction easy resists and curse length reduction in which case Sheal the primary Burtuc 20 ias gloves and a 15 ias jewel in circlet would put me at , 6 Frame BoI/CoT/FoF/DC 8 Frame PS Which are 1 full frame slower than what Burst of speed could give me. Is the sacrifice in Resists/DR worth it for 1 frame? Next order of business.; My mercenary What aura should I use as Ive pretty much ruled out, Defiance,Prayer,Thorns,Blessed aim as being entirely useless when I factor in Conviction and 5k AR. So leaves me Might or Holy freeze. Which would be better. And to skills Im going to have around 10 skills by the time I stop leveling so what would benefit me the most considering I can prebuff all shadow skills to 19. Venom doesn't seem needed considering I am proficient in 3 types of damage and have a good physical back up for those impossible triple immunes after conviction. The only options seem to be fade for the extra damage reduction and barely extra resists or Shadow master which I dont know if the extra points will be worth it. Any advice would be appreciated.