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Ever say this?
“I can’t use that item because it has too much Hit on it and I’m already at the cap.”
I know I’ve said that myself before 4.01, but now it always makes me cringe. It’s not true anymore and it will never be true again as long as reforging exists. If it’s higher ilvl and has stats you use then it’s an upgrade and you can use it right now in your current gear. Just reforge other gear to make room.
Most players know about reforging by now so I’m not going to cover the basics. I’m constantly surprised how underutilized reforging generally is by players. Basically everyone should be reforging almost all of their gear all of the time.
Reforging Your Character, Not Your Items
The mistake I see many people make is that they think about reforging individual items. Really that’s not the best way to think about it. Really you are reforging your characters total rating listed on the character sheet. Reforging specific items are just the means to that end.
A character in starting epic gear will have a total item budget of 5000-5500 in secondary stats. There are minimums and maximums you can get a specific stat to with a given specific set of gear but it’s a huge range.
For example, you have a stat that’s currently at 1048 rating and haven’t reforged a single piece of gear yet. Let’s assume it’s a poor stat for you. Through reforging you could make it as low as 633 freeing up 415 points for better stats. Alternatively if it was your best stat you could reforge other stats into it and bring it up to a max of 1682.
Think about that for a second… You have a stat that is 1048 points and the top to bottom range is greater than it’s starting total without touching a single gem or enchant. That’s a lot of deviation. Those aren’t numbers I pulled from my ass either. That was the range of mastery I had on my own gear. This huge variation is the reason why you can never have too much of a stat you need like Hit. If you have too much of a specific useful stat (ie go over the cap) you can always find a way to turn it into another more useful stat.
It is not always easy to see how to optimally reforge when looking staring at that npc’s little window. That should be no surprise since it’s the classic knapsack problem. So I never do it in my head. Instead I use a kind of spreadsheet in the form of online reforging calculator. I prefer the one at wowreforge.com but you could use one of the others or an in game addon too. I use it more for the ease of the interface (screenshot below). But I don’t allow it to automatically suggest a profile for me. The specific changes I do myself which I will address in the next post.
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