Don’t get me wrong. Programs like Rawr, AskMrRobot, Reforgenator, and the like can be wonderful helpers if you need some guidance, but I want to strongly urge caution to people who use those. They are not the be-all, end-all for everything. Use your own common sense and decide on what your particular needs are, as well as your groups needs before blindly taking the advice of one of these optimizers.
We will take my own character as a reference point. Just a few days ago I decided to plug my character into AskMrRobot (AMR), and see what it came up with. Not because I was unhappy with my performance, but I always believe there’s room for improvement. If you look at my socketed items, you’ll see that I have a lot of pure agility gems in my gear, whereas before, all of those used to be agi/stam gems. There is a big part of me that still believes stamina is important as a tank, but I DO know better than to stack Stam to the exclusion of all else. When the optimizer suggested I replace those 6 hybrid gems with pure agi gems, I was a little caught offguard at first… then I thought about it for a while. Is it worth getting an extra 120 agility, at the loss of 180 stamina? As a bear, agility is our highest rated stat, because it affects both our survival via avoidance, as well as our threat generation via attack power. I kind of agonized over this for a while, but when I boiled it down, 180 stam equals out to ~3500 health in bear form. Maybe closer to 4500 with raid buffs. In the grand scheme of things? 4500 health really isn’t all that much. I can’t honestly think of a fight i’ve been in where 4500 health would’ve made the difference between life and death… or to perhaps phrase it better, if I was down to 4500 health, I was dead anyway. So, I said “why the hell not” and decided to regem. When we raid this coming week, i’ll let you guys know if I felt any difference, and whether or not I decide to keep these gems. I’m not expecting any mad desire to change back, so unless things go HORRIBLY awry, i’ll probably stick with this for a while.
After feeling pretty good about my re-gemming decision, I decided to look through some of their other suggestions to optimize my gear. It suggested that I replace some enchants (it wanted me to switch out agility to cloak for armor to cloak, for instance), or reforge a couple pieces differently (since Mastery is our 2nd highest rated “green stat”, it suggests I go with the lower stat-amount items to reforge. It would have only made me lose about 30 dodge rating… MAYBE .1% dodge, so meh… nothing i’ll lose any sleep over). One thing that really got me was it’s BiS list. Or maybe not so much the actual BiS listed items, but the items this program specifies as direct upgrades over what I have. I’ll give you an example.
I was lucky enough to pick up the first Ranseur of Hatred trash drop to upgrade from my 359 weapon. That’s a damn nice polearm… even if haste is pretty ugly for bears, the extra agility and stam on it make it so much of an upgrade, that green stats really aren’t that important. It’s an upgrade just for the base stats alone. Now then… AMR suggested that the Witch-Hunter’s Harvester is a direct upgrade over my current weapon.
I’m sorry Mr Robot, I must strongly disagree. I think I would rather suffer the 252 worthless haste on the Ranseur than lose the 47 agi, and 70 stam. Not to mention skipping the plethora of ANNOYING ASS crafting materials i’d need to gather to make that bloody polearm. Why does it say the Harvester is better? Because mastery is rated higher than haste. Haste is worthless for bears, and mastery is our 2nd best green stat (behind dodge, which doesn’t come baseline on ANY of our gear, we just have to reforge into it). BUT… let’s look at it this way.
If I reforge the haste out of the Ranseur (which I did), it gives me 100 dodge rating. If I reforge the crit out of the Harvester, it gives me 96 dodge rating. I also get more dodge from the 47 agi on the Ranseur, so my overall dodge is STILL going to be higher, even if my mastery is a decent chunk lower. Is 241 mastery really worth 47 agi and 4 dodge rating? Not to me. You might disagree with me. I can definitely see, to a point, where it COULD be considered an upgrade. My whole point of this post is to take these gear optimizers under advisement, but DON’T just blindly trust everything they have to say.
After all… They put 130 agi on my weapon over Windwalk. /boggle.