Last night I went to Kara as a fill with Kaliope. We did Shade, Netherspite, Chess and Prince before folks had to leave for bed (it was past 3am server time, understandable). I was just happy to be getting some VE faction and badges - hooray for badges being added to Kara! In one night I practically doubled the number of badges I've gotten over the last six months.
Anyway, the Prince dropped the token for the druid/warrior/priest helm and somehow I won it. I'm very excited, but also torn. Kaliope is currently wearing the Hood of Primal Life, with the Helm of the Claw as her DPS helm. Obviously my first inclination would be to use the token for my healing set helm, but it looks like the stats on the Crown of Malorne are comparable to my current hood. Aside from the sockets I would be losing 6sta/6spi/10int in exchange for +10 mp5. Not that sockets are nothing, but if the sockets are the only differentiating factor it may not be a significant upgrade for me. Most likely I would stuff them with +heal gems to give me a +44 increase in healing bonus.
On the other hand, if I take the Stag Helm of Malorne I could be looking at a significant upgrade to my DPS set. Compared to my current gear, the Malorne helm will give me an additional +28 AP or +2 dmg/second increase. That's pretty good for one item. That combined with the fact that my DPS gear is lacking more than my healing gear, it might be worth going that route.
The question I want to put out there is, how do you other hybrid builds feel about the set gear? I mean, I think it's great that they give us choices now and don't lock us into one item to cover multiple playstyles. But on the other hand, when you get your set piece you still have to choose one path, which kind of detracts from the whole hybrid utility concept. I know that part of the reason Kaliope gets invited to some runs is because she's a multi-tasker. She can contribute to DPS for one boss and lay down some extra healing power for another. Sometimes I feel like I'm serving two masters though, because it's very difficult to collect all the best gear x 2 (or 3 or 4... if I were to go all out and build a full tank set and full moonkin set). On the other hand I don't wanna gimp the group on a fight because I'm kind of sub-par for the role I've been given. How do you other hybrid types feel on that issue, do you feel that the group should accept the trade-off for selecting a multi-tasker or they should expect 100% functionality in both domains?