While I can spout off such things as what is the basic stat you want (ie Agility, Strength, Intellect) for each spec a lot of the “finer” details I have to research. So I thought I’d share some sources I currently use.
Ask Mr. Robot http://www.askmrrobot.com
Evaluate gear for sidegrades or min/max stats.
Gear is not ideal for every spec. Surprise! The Breastplate of the Incendiary Soul (stat-ed with haste/mastery secondary) may beat out my Dark Phoenix Tunic (same Agility/Stamina but with Expertise/Crit) for me as assassination, but a subtlety rogue will value thier secondary stats differently & may prefer Expertise/Crit over haste/mastery. (Note: haven’t looked up subtlety stat priorities to actually see what they are). Also one of the problems I was seeing with WoWhead was rating hit items as having a higher value over non hit items even if I was over the hit cap. Hit over the cap is wasted.
I like how Mr Robot has what they call “Absolute” & “Relative” when picking the best in slot gear. Absolute is without taking ANY other gear and/or set bonuses into account. Basically mathmatically saying you’re naked except for item X, what’s it’s value to your role/spec. I also figured out this is how WowHead does its item ranking. But let’s face it, no one’s going to take you anywhere if you only have 1 piece of gear… Well maybe to a naked molten core run, but that’s another story…. So I usually use the Relative function. This looks at set bonuses, if you’re already above the hit cap, etc. It devalues hit over the cap & it may change the ranking of gear based on that.
- Readers ask Ask Mr. Robot about optimizing their gear (wow.joystiq.com)