Originally Posted by chinz
You already made a great point about whimsyshire (all monsters are melee there) but other than that I really don't see how/why string is considered so awesome. I feel like rares for the same price than good string would be just as good, if not better.
I think you're just in love with the big numbers,
20% melee dmg reduction is worth more than 150 str/100 vit and 50 all res, which would be around the stat difference between a top str/vit/all res belt and a top string.
Other than that a good string can have like 100 life on hit, which is an extremely good stat, otherwise unavailable on belts (you can only get it on jewelry and weap) - having 1k-1.5k LoH is a life saver acts 3 and 4 inferno, and getting it along with attack speed on jewelry and weapons can become really expensive.