How will stat priorities change in Mists of Pandaria?Posted: April 11, 2012
From the latest bit of datamining on wowdb.com, we get to see some of the Jewelcrafting gems that are likely to be in the game when Mists of Pandaria launches. I was very interested to see the proportionality between primary and secondary stats on these new gems.
In their current incarnations, with the exception of Stamina, primary and secondary stats are proportional on gems of equal rarity. For instance, using the Cataclysm blue-quality gems, a Delicate Inferno Ruby has +40 Agility, and a Smooth Amberjewel has +40 Critical Strike Rating. For DPS specs, this makes gems with secondary stats – in whole or in part – inferior to red gems, since reds give us the greatest benefit by far. There are exceptions, of course, particularly when there is a favorable socket bonus (+30 Agility, for instance) rewarding us for choosing, say, an orange gem such as a Deadly Ember Topaz (+20 Agility, +20 Crit Rating).
Looking to the near future, the amount of secondary stats could possibly be increasing by 50% on gems in MoP – which puts secondary stats in line with Stamina in that regard – as evidenced by these examples:
Here, the difference is apparent: yellow (550) Jewelcrafting gems will have 160 more (+50%) of their stats than will their red counterparts.
What I could extrapolate from this is that the proportionality will follow for blue-quality gems as well, but that doesn’t seem to be the case just yet. Professions are not finished yet, and wowdb.com has what looks like an incomplete list of gems with disturbingly inharmonious values.
So I won’t do that.
However, IF this proportionality comes to pass for gems, it could serve to alter the way we think about both gemming and stat priorities in MoP.
Currently, for hunters, Agility is king on non-ranged-weapon gear. From personal experience, I know that this is the same for cat druids, while Strength is king for plate DPS, as is Intellect for Balance druids and other casters. This situation has had an affect on multiple areas of the game, from gemming, enchanting and gear choices to the Auction House, where red gems have routinely sold for much more gold than other colors throughout the expansion.
What if Blizzard is changing that? If stat values remain relatively the same but our gemming options change, we may have to look closer at the values – both performance- and gold-wise – of gems as we make choices about how to gem our gear. We don’t have a concrete gear list yet, so we don’t know what socket bonuses will look like. But as things stand today, that MoP orange gem looks a lot more attractive, relative to a red gem, than today’s orange gems do.*
*And I’m not just talking about how much larger the stats are than the Cataclysm ones – that’s always a given.
Additionally, I wonder if there is going to be much of a difference in how stats are prioritized for various specs. If we see anything that tightens the gap between primary and secondary stat values, a change to gems such as the one we see on the JC-only gems above could give players a little more choice when it comes to decking out their gear, in addition to fixing the lopsidedness of the gem market.
I’m not saying this will happen – we have to wait and see – but seeing these JC gems certainly got me thinking.
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