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5-17-2010 @ 4:53PM
I feel like you're glossing over the biggest advantages blacksmithing and jc provide: unlike all of the other profession perks, gems don't have to be spellpower/ap/stam. The flexibility to socket say, a 34 hit dragons eye if you're a little low on hit or to try out that wonky new haste build with haste gems in your two additional bs sockets beats the rest of the profession's perks hands-down. Engineering is the only other serious option, but with non-standardness of it can be a hassle to a new player.
5-17-2010 @ 5:08PM
This distinction is more important for classes with variable gemming options and/or multiple cappable stats (eg melee classes with ArP/Exp). In pretty much every realistic scenario for a warlock in 3.3.3, spellpower will be the largest DPS gain for the itembudget, so alternatives aren't worth gemming (at some points haste will be equal 1 to 1, but 1 haste is more itembudget than 1 spellpower). There is sufficient readily available hit gear (such as the otherwise maligned triumph trinkets) that this will rarely be a significant gain. Due to the prevalence of yellow sockets on gear, you're better off gemming hit in those and using prismatic sockets for spellpower, which translates the optimal gain of BS into 46sp. However if you really are a very fresh 80, then your point holds and the hit setup may be more valuable.Flexibility is only worth something if there is a need to go in that direction, and often there is not.
5-18-2010 @ 1:51AM
But you're forgetting that--any day now--we'll be heading into cataclysm, and just maybe won't be fighting to get under 500 +hit anymore. The versatility will always be nice, and probably moreso with spellpower going away, though maybe we'll just stack int instead at end game.Plus, with JC, you'll make so much money that you won't care if your silly flask only lasts an hour.We haven't hit half of engineering's cool toys yet: repair bot, guild bank, teleporter around northrend (and to vanilla and bc areas), mailbox, resurrection spell, runic healing injectors (+25% healing i think), combat chicken, x-ray goggles... ok, now we're getting into the fringe benefits. But seriously, you want to trade all that for some shoulder enchants and an extra hearthstone? Engineering/Jewelcrafting FTW.
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