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12-19-2009 @ 3:02PM
I think that it might also be worth pointing out that blacksmithing has a bit more flexibility in its bonus than jewelcrafting does. Because blacksmithing lets you fill your two bonus sockets with any normal gems, you have the full range of flexibility in how you fill those sockets. In addition, your gem choice has no impact on your socket bonuses (although they can be used to meet meta gem requirements).In contrast, the jewelcrafting bonus gems only come in primary colors (red, yellow, and blue). There are no hybrid jewelcrafting gems, so this limits the spread of stats that you can fill with them. It also means that there is sometimes of a trade-off between using the bonus gem with the best stat for your class and being able to gem for all of the socket bonuses on your gear.
12-19-2009 @ 4:04PM
"being able to gem for all of the socket bonuses on your gear"I don't understand what you are saying here (quite possibly a reading comprehension fail on my part). I am not sure which classes are recommended to gem for all socket bonuses, any that I have played are specifically instructed NOT to (as in stats > socket bonus in most situations).
12-19-2009 @ 5:59PM
"I don't understand what you are saying here (quite possibly a reading comprehension fail on my part). "By that, I just meant that depending on which sockets jewelcrafters have on their gear, they may have to choose between using their ideal Dragon's Eye gem and gemming for a socket bonus.Since blacksmithing bonus sockets are prismatic and do not affect bracer or glove socket bonuses, they never have to make this choice.
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