BM is actually one of the cheapest classes, but of course you can expend on it and make your BM a truly godly one. BM reaches the defense cap rather easily (ignoring penetration) so you don't need to necessarily refine (although a +20 top will give you a big benefit). VIT is a good stat to use your stat points in, but it shouldn't be focused on with runes IMO. Yes, cruel bite and survival benefit from it but once you reach the 100k HP mark, you have to ask yourself if you really need more than spammable 30k heal bites.
Bm gets 2 dodge per AGI; chances are investing in AGI and having slightly lower HP will actually make your survive more. I have two 3s costume sets; one STR and one VIT, and in the grand scheme of things (depending on how many buffs I have) I usually gain 4-5k HP from that (I only use this for WoE where every bit of HP can count), which does not outweigh the benefit of the attack power (and even parry) gained from the STR set. With 4.9k STR (still more to come) my threat holding is huge, and also paves the way for fast PvE mobbing/farming in bear spirit.
When the fabled BT nerf finally happens, I predict that we WILL see more beastmasters though. BM is literally the PvE god, and without BT one-shots in PvP I predict we'll see a lot more of them.
Edited by 9632130515120055620, 22 April 2015 - 06:20 AM.