I'm in the unfortunate place of not having a four piece T10.5. I'm also in an unfortunate place of having my two T10.5 pieces match two of my three T9.5 pieces. I have two T10.5 and two T10. And of course the two pieces of T10.5 that I do have are the ones that do not have the Armor Pen stats. It's probably why I got them. Armor Pen wasn't the big Survival spec stat of choice.
I've been browsing up/side/down-grades. I have access to emblem gear, occasional VoA-25, ICC-25, and ICC-10H. On ICC-10H however, I'm usually not going to raid an extra night or two to do it. That said, it has some nice stuff.
Here's the list of mail gear with Armor Pen and Hit that I have theoretical access to. Pretty short list, right? And all are technical downgrades except for the Handgrips of Frost and Sleet from ICC-10H. Here's the full list of Armor Pen mail (grouped by slot) that I have or could get.
I have about 110 emblems of frost to spend. The cloak side-grade is easy. But then it's a toss up between the T10.0 chest and the emblem chest. Stat for stat the emblem one is ahead, it's even ahead for the T10.5 version, but the tier chest has set bonus options.
I think I'm going to have to get another 40 emblems or so and then work on getting drops. Once I get a side-grade drop or two, I'll be able to fill the rest in with emblem gear.
And of course there are always some future outright upgrades.
In my next post I will share some of my macros.