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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Another quick example of why Sites like Ask Mr. Robot can be less than useful.

     I dislike not just Ask Mr. Robot but any website where you rely on it to tell you how to gear your character. Though my example is for Ask Mr. Robot cause who knows how long this has been broken. I tried to use it 5 years ago with some whacky results.

There internal default stat weights are set really high so no matter what you put into it, The script will tell you to reforge, gem, enchant spirit. (even the +80 stats for the +spirit chest enchant) even if you change the stat weights. Trading 900 int for 1800 spirit is probably not the best choice. 
(This was recently pointed out by Hamlet from Elitist jerks though like i said im pretty sure this has been a issue for years)
My mods Using Ask Mr. Robot
Sure the normal person would see that and probably close the website but for a newbie that had that site recommended to them.... If you see some resto druids running around with pure spirit you'll know why.

Better off doing the small amount of math on your own in my opinion and why i would rather show someone how to do the math on there own then recommend a website or addon.
Ask Mr. Robot tells me to reforge 1468 Intellect (my best stat) for 3127 spirit (A stat the is pretty close to useless for me currently)
Now this may have been fixed by now but, why risk it? The risk outweighs the convenience especially as a resto druid.

If you know your haste break point (3043) and that Intellect > spirit till you are comfortable > mastery > crit > more haste > more spirit
It's fairly easy to see that you want Intellect for sure. Spirit quickly becomes pointless to gem for as gear in late T14 - T15 is sufficient enough (especially with the legendary meta which we will get into in a future post) after the haste BP which again gear will normally be enough you stack mastery.

Its not to hard right?

I will say that this is for 10 mans, 25 mans are slightly different however the same concept remains the same. You will likely reforge/gem more spirit in 25 man.

A quick review of how to think when reforging/gemming on your own.
  • Intelect rules all: If say you have a blue gem slot go for Intellect spirit or spirit mastery (Mastery is almost 1:1 intellect)
  • Yellow gems: If you have the gear for 3043 haste use Orange Int Mastery gems if not use Orange Int Haste gems
  • Red is always pure Int

You can apply this same thing to reforging.
  • Always reforge haste down to or close to 3043 without going under.
  • Always reforge Crit to mastery if possible, if you cant then spirit.
  • Make sure you stay at your comfort zone for spirit.
Now im not saying these sites are the worst things ever and you should stay away. There a good tool for sure. However the average player will just plug in the info and not think twice. That is scary.