"Fresh bizza" (Crafted) 2.31GCD
With the advent of Crit finally outscaling Spell Speed… We still are in a position to stack a LOT of Spell Speed. Even when we optimize to minimize Piety and maximize Crit, we have lots of leftover melding slots, and we pick between Spell Speed, and Direct Hit. In terms of damage, the choice between these two is blatantly clear, as Spell Speed is more multiplicative while Direct Hit is more linear. This set is the maximum damage possible regardless of whether you crave variance or not.
Be wary of the MP economy of this one, it is a bit hefty. If you are concerned about your mana despite playing AST, the easiest upgrade is to take a Tome ring instead. We have a set for this.
2.31 is an awkward GCD that has some pretty poor Star and Minor Arcana drift, but it will not cause either to drift out of buffs or cause a lost usage in almost all cases. Divination is fine at 2.31.
This set is identical to the SCH max-damage BiS, and will work fine for anyone playing SCH as well.
"Outpizza the Hut" (Tome) 2.31GCD
This is the Tome variant of the “fresh bizza” set above. Slightly better mana economy, slightly different melds.
This should be the set all 2.31 users should have on hand for the expected 6.3 Ultimate (essentially, make sure you have a Tome ring ready for that encounter).
"healing is fun" (Crafted) 2.40GCD
As the name would suggest, this is a set that is more tailored towards being an “omni-healer” set. It meshes a bit better with all the other healers, particularly SGE. Instead of prio-melding Spell Speed, this set will replace a bunch of SpS melds for less-desirable Direct Hit in order to slow down the GCD to reach 2.40.
This set has mildly better mana economy, but that is largely irrelevant.
"Puddingway" (Tome) 2.40GCD
The tome variant of the above “healing is fun” set. Slightly better mana economy, slightly different melds.
This should be the set all 2.40 users should have on hand for the expected 6.3 Ultimate (essentially, make sure you have a Tome ring ready for that encounter).
Crit Scales Copium
A go-to mid Piety range set for those that are in situations that, for whatever the reason, they feel they need more Piety than a Tome ring set can provide. It replaces the tome gloves with Abyssos gloves.
This set should not have any mana issues at all in any situation, barring extreme examples.