Posted by: Makakai | December 17, 2009

In the Sky With Diamonds

Diamond in the SkyI was going to post on my experiences with Patch 3.3, but recent discussions in guild chat have centered around gemming for healers (especially with the new patch), so it received a little higher priority. My next post should contain thoughts on the Winter Veil events and Patch 3.3.

Several caveats for this discussion are: I don’t play as a holy priest or paladin at this time so my information for those two are entirely drawn from respected bloggers and Elitist Jerks. Deciding on exactly which gems to go with will greatly depend on what you’re healing (10-mans vs. 25-mans, hardmodes vs. normals) and what other healers you’re working with, so in the end these are personal playstyle dependent.

For all classes it comes down to the meta gem (typically found in your tier helm piece) and meeting the gemming requirements for that. For casters and healers in particular, there are a set of meta gems that are preferred depending on your class. In most cases, healers should be selecting a gem or gems that meet the requirements for the meta gem and then gemming the rest of your sockets with the “preferred” stat for the class. By “preferred” stat, I am referring to the priority stat for your gems, whether it is spell power, intellect, haste, etc. Also, remember that secondary colors (purple, orange, and green) count for BOTH primary colors when trying to meet gemming requirements.

Now, if you are like me, don’t run progression raids and have a hard time disregarding socket colors, then you can get away with matching your socket colors if your socket bonus gives you a ‘+’ to your “preferred” stat. Also, if like the Shadow priest I saw in Dalaran the other day, you don’t gem to meet the requirements for your meta gem, you aren’t activating it so it’s not doing anything for you. The gem choices for each of the classes should be as follows:

Druids
Druids heal with lots of hots, so haste in Patch 3.3 has a stronger priority than previous patches. The haste needed for 1s GCD with no haste buffs is 1063-1193. Its recommended that if under 725 Haste that you gem for that, but it’s okay to continue gemming for Spell Power.
Meta Gem: [Tireless Skyflare Diamond or [Ember Skyflare Diamond]
Red Socket: [Runed Cardinal Ruby] for Spell Power or [Reckless Ametrine] to meet meta requirements depending on your stat priority.
Yellow Socket: [Quick King’s Amber] for Haste or [Reckless Ametrine] to meet the meta requirements depending on your stat priority.
Blue Socket: [Purified Dreadstone] or [Intricate Eye of Zul]if you need to meet the meta gem requirements otherwise go with a Red or Yellow gem depending on your stat priority.

Paladins
Paladins have a talent called Holy Guidance which increases their spellpower by 20% of their total INT. So go for Intellect.
Meta Gem: [Insightful Earthsiege Diamond]
Red Socket: To meet meta socket requirements [Luminous Ametrine] or go with [Brillian King’s Amber]
Blue Socket: To meet meta socket requirements [Luminous Ametrine] or go with [Brillian King’s Amber]
Yellow Socket: [Brillian King’s Amber]

Discipline Priests
Meta Gem: Selection based on whether you need more regen or more throughput [Insightful Earthsiege Diamond] – The highest regen meta available until extreme levels of INT or [Ember Skyflare Diamond] – A good choice for mixed throughput and longevity.
Red Socket: [Runed Cardinal Ruby]
Blue Socket: [Royal Twilight Opal] or [Dazzling Eye of Zul] depending on whether you need more regen or more throughput.
Yellow Socket: [Brilliant King’s Amber]

Holy Priests
Meta Gem: [Insightful Earthsiege Diamond]
Red Socket: [Reckless Ametrine]
Blue Socket: [Quick King’s Amber] unless you need to meet the meta gem requirements. Then use [Energized Eye of Zul]
Yellow Socket: [Quick King’s Amber]

Shaman
Meta Gem: The two choices depending on your need for mana are [Insightful Earthsiege Diamond] and [Revitalizing Skyflare Diamond].
Red Socket: [Reckless Ametrine]
Blue Socket: [Quick King’s Amber] unless you need to meet the meta gem requirements. Then use [Energized Eye of Zul]
Yellow Socket: [Quick King’s Amber]

Thanks to the following quick sources if you have questions about the math behind these choices: Resto Druids, Paladins, Disc Priests, Holy Priests, and Resto Shamans.
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