Pro Tip: Purple Gems

by on Sep.18, 2011, under Gear Discussion

I’ve had quite a few people ask me for gear advice lately, and there’s one recurring thread:  Purple Gems.  Specifically, [item]52236[/item].  The most common occurence is in the Tier 12 chest and Hyjal boots.

Unless you literally have a +20 int per gem socket bonus (which I think actually happens in one piece of 359 gear), purple gems are never the way to go.  You are sacrificing 20 int for 20 spirit.  In reforge terms, you’re effectively giving up 20 int for 20 mastery.  This is never a good deal.  You will want to run red gems in all blue sockets.  You gain 20 (or 10 int, depending on the bonus), and lose 20 spirit.  After reforging, you’ve just made a trade off for 20/10 int for 20 mastery.  It’s worth it.

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