First, I'll come out and say this: I can't stand Ask Mr Robot. It fluctuates. It doesn't give soft-caps correctly more often than not.
Another commonly used reforge tool is wowreforge. It doesn't take upgrades into account. You CAN manually change stats on an item to reflect upgrades properly. Also, the quest reward for a prismatic socket from the Black Prince doesn't show up, but you can properly adjust numbers as needed for that as well. Finally, it doesn't change out gems to optimize... but... how much does this even matter? Let's find out.
Using my current armory, I have only one item fully upgraded right now - my weapon. It changes Critical from 355 -> 382 and Haste from 341 -> 367. Optimized, my stats end up looking like this using 5100 Hit Cap & 4717 Haste cap:
After changing out all 4 Fractured gems to Sensei I re-optimize and get:
I would lose a whopping 4 Mastery and gain a huge 1 Haste. I thought maybe this was just an anomaly, and loaded up Zagam's profile into wowreforge. After adjusting ALL of his various upgraded gear (thanks for a 1/2 and a 1/2 there), we end up with these stats using a 5100 Hit Cap and 6637 Haste Cap:
Peforming the same actions as to my own profile, I changed out the Fractured to Sensei:
Well holy hell. So long as you're setting the same cap parameters, and taking your socket bonuses (as you should be), reforging will end up giving you the same results either way. Gemming doesn't mean squat. Go with what is cheapest.
Similarily, if two pieces of gear have the same desirable Affliction stats and are at the same ilvl, you're going to end up in the same boat. Example:
My bracers are an eyesore. I was trying to figure out what would be better: Attenuating Bracers (Mastery + Haste) or Twisting Wind Bracers (Hit + Haste). Long story short - it doesn't matter. Blizzard itemized gear so it doesn't. The difference is a change of 7 Mastery rating between the two bracers after reforging.
My wowreforge link: http://wowreforge.co...thwing/Kaboozey
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