I'm setting up to LR20 my main, and I'm torn between shintao and ninja. Don't get me wrong, I'll be splashing both, regardless, but which to take to tier 5?
-Shadow Double: The biggie. +100% doublestrike for 6 seconds every 30 seconds. HUGE!
-Touch of Death: Seriously MEH since the nerf, still a big chunk of damage.
-Crippling Strike: Very nice
-Rise of the Phoenix: Skip it.
-Meditation of War: Not going pure, so skip it.
-Kukan-Do: Interesting, especially since I will have some CHA to make up for the lost monk levels.
-Violence Begets Violence: Not sure about this, but it sounds like you should get more critical hits.
-Empty Hand Mastery: Very nice; 8d8 fists are hard to complain about.
Shintao is nice, but I don't see how it can possibly make up the DPS difference. Is there any reason to prefer Shintao, assuming that I already have DR-breaking wraps?