Vampire Gaze... to go eth or not to go eth. I just found this: Vampire Gaze Grim Helm Defense: 378 Durability: 21 of 21 Required Strength: 48 Required Level: 41 Item Version: 1.10 Expansion Item Level: 87 Fingerprint: 0xeffeb2f4 +100% Enhanced Defense Magic Damage Reduced by 14 Damage Reduced by 19% Adds 6-22 cold damage over 4 seconds 6% Life stolen per hit 8% Mana stolen per hit 15% Slower Stamina Drain Ethereal (Cannot be Repaired) Not a bad roll, although I would prefer to switch around the life steal % with the mana steal %. This will obviously go on a merc, probably an Act 2 NM Might merc. I've got several more non-eth Vamp Gazes (252 defense). At least one of them is perfect with 20% PDR and 8% life steal. Here's the question: Everything else being equal, which one is better for my merc? The eth has 1% less PDR and 2% less life steal compared to my perfect non-eth one. In order of priority, my hunch is: 1. Life Steal 2. PDR% 3. Defense If that's correct, then I should go with the non-eth one, since the eth only offers an additional 378 - 252 = 126 def, which is nothing. Have I read this right?