Gems and Sockets for Rogue PVP

Following on from yesterday’s post about stat priorities, I thought I’d properly introduce the two new tools added to lastrogue.com (the ugly white boxes at the top of the screen […]

Following on from yesterday’s post about stat priorities, I thought I’d properly introduce the two new tools added to lastrogue.com (the ugly white boxes at the top of the screen that I haven’t had chance to style properly!).

The Gem Finder will show you the names of the gems that provided the stats you select from the drop-down menus. It currently just shows the rare-quality gems, but I’ll add epic ones as they’re made available.

The second tool is the Socket Checker. Recent theorycrafting has shown that PVP power is the best stat to gem for, but socket bonuses mean that you shouldn’t just automatically shove Stormy River’s Heart into every hole you can find. To use the tool you’ll need to select your spec, select the correct colours for the sockets (ignoring any blacksmith sockets you’ve added) and input the bonus you’d get from correctly socketing your gear. You’ll receive two values – one for gemming with PVP power gems, the other for gemming with the correct coloured gems – go for whichever one is higher.

The optimal gems to use for socket bonuses depend on your spec. Red gems are Agility/PVP Power, blue gems are pure PVP Power, and the yellow ones are as follows;

  • Preparation/Shadowstep – Mastery and PVP Power (Effulgent Wild Jade or Perfect Effulgent Alexandrite)
  • Burst of Speed – Haste and PVP Power (Shattered Wild Jade or Perfect Shattered Alexandrite)

Let me know if you have feedback and suggestions for improvement! One other thing to mention – it’s not worth using expertise or hit gems, even if you’re not soft-capped (3% for both). You can reforge your gear to those stats but you can’t reforge to PVP power.


To anyone who’s interested in the math behind this, the stat weights used in the calculations are as follows (thanks go to Hïldegard for posting this info at AJ);

Assassination stat table
Agility 2.7288
PvP Power: 2.2856
Mastery Rating 1.3373
Expertise Rating 1.1302
Haste Rating 1.0777
Crit Rating 0.9973

Combat stat table
Agility 2.77
PvP Power: 2.4664
Expertise Rating 2.3198
Haste Rating 1.6345
Mastery Rating 1.1867
Crit Rating 1.0759

Subtlety stat table
Agility 3.676
PvP Power: 3.092
Haste Rating 1.314
Expertise Rating 1.2664
Mastery Rating 1.1916
Crit Rating 1.1857

About Dcruize

Rogue addict, PVP junkie, insomniac. I started playing WoW in 2006 and, after being told that 'nobody wants a rogue', tried to level a priest. I quickly realized that love and approval were a poor alternative to stealth and ambush and have been backstabbing away quite happily ever since.