I've done some research and simulations and now have several different results, so I'm not entirely sure how the stacking of the Azerite trait Archive of the Titans really works and what the benefit is in real numbers.
According to the tooltip it's pretty simple:
- 1 stack of Int/Str/Agi per application, up to 20.
- At lvl 385 it's 14 per stack, so the max is 14*20 = 280 of that stat.
- Enables the passive Reorigination Array within Uldir raid.
The stacking effect only applies to the stat buff. The Array will count only once, regardless of the number of traits having it. But how exactly does that buff stack?
I ran the numbers for my character and one piece of this at lvl 385 is worth about 1000 dps, two pieces are worth 1470 dps and three pieces are worth 1900 dps (with the Array at level 5). That makes me think:
- 1470 - 1000 = 470 dps are the actual gain for the second piece.
- If the buff stacks 1:1 the net value of it would be 470 for every item.
- The Reorigination Array is then worth 530 dps.
- 3 pieces are worth 1900 dps, resulting in a gain of 430 dps this time.
- 470 vs 430.. the third piece is worth less than the second one.
But that are just plain numbers based on quick calculations and don't explain how they really stack.
We know that one item grants a stackable buff up to 20 stacks. But how do 2 or 3 pieces stack? Based on the numbers above they don't grant an equal value. Does the stat value increase by 14/28/42 per stack up to a total of 20 based on the number of items or is it different? And how does that explain the different value of the second and third piece?
So, how does the stacking of these actually work?