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3-03-2010 @ 1:41PM
Good analysis, but there are a couple of points I disagree with: "First and foremost, you should never be using more than two purple gems, and never any blue gems."Although this is a decent rule of thumb, it's not entirely true with respect to purple gems. You have to always check the individual bonus. For example, if you had an item with a red slot and a blue slot and a bonus of +9 spellpower, it would be worth it to stick in an extra purified dreadstone -- 12 spellpower + 3 spellpower from spirit + 9 spellpower is slightly better than the 23 spellpower you would be gaining from a cardinal ruby. Of course, this is a little nitpicky because bonuses like this are rare and because this might cause you to regem another blue slot with a poorer bonus, but I thought it was important to note. "Crit is certainly more valuable to you than haste is, but neither are as valuable as spell power. Your yellow sockets should all be filled with Potent Ametrines."I haven't simmed out Elasmind's gear, but most sims put haste as more valuable than crit (approaching spellpower even) below the soft cap of 400. Elasmind's profile currently shows a haste rating of 349. Therefore, Haste is likely more valuable for Elasmind currently, and he should gem yellow slots with Reckless Ametrines until the soft cap. After that, crit takes on more value (until the lunar crit cap, although that's something he won't have to worry about for some time).
3-03-2010 @ 4:58PM
Hmm, I think the WoW.com servers ate my reply to this post. On that chance that this did happen, I'll write it again, if it turns into a double post, then oh well.1. On gems: While this is correct, that is really only an issue that you are going to come across once you actually hit the ICC level of gear. Also, you would require to have at least 3 of these items for that rule to apply, which isn't always likely. While it is certainly possible for it to occur where it is slightly more beneficial to have more than 2 purple gems, that is very, very, very rarely going to be the case for a player that is not already running ICC content. In fact, I don't think it is possible without ICC gear.2. On the Haste soft-cap: At the time I wrote this, their armory was displaying a Haste value in the 500's. Whether they changed gear or it was merely a glitch in the armory system, I don't know.
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