I'm almost level 83 and an Apostate. With goals of bashing with some combat later, I am unsure which may be a better solution.
Should I get a Shield of Absorption (negates some attacks), Level 2 Crit pendant (allows for slightly more criticals and higher critical damage percent), or the Lyre (zomg hide and regen up).
SoA gives a 15% chance to block an attack with 20/20 shield, which is nice.
Lyre just would be handy in the "OH CRAP!" moments. I have a level 2 health regen ring.
Would also really like the Diadem or Wings, but I'm trying to stick to a 500-600 credit budget. I thought the SoA would be a no-brainer here, but I've seen the awesomeness that criticals can do to drop mobs quickly, so figure if I can kill them quicker, I won't need to block their attacks and I can move to the next mob faster, increasing exp and gold income per hour.
If at some time in the future I get tired of Apostate, I'll switch over to Magi, most likely (same int and eq priorities and can stay in the same House [don't ever plan on leaving ever again]).