The Grumpy Elf
isn't so grumpy about reforging -- in fact, he thinks it's one of the hits of the Cataclysm expansion
. And he's got some very, very good points about the topic. Reforging has definitely made keeping control of your secondary stats far more efficient, and it makes it easier to choose gems and enchants that work best for you. On the one hand, that's fantastic, and I wholeheartedly agree with that assessment. I have never had more control of stats as I do right now.
I remember the days of Wrath
and how complex it was to get gear. You wanted a specific piece of gear for a specific set of stats to reach a specific number. While you waited for that ideal piece of gear, you had to make do with whatever gear you happened to find and hope that the numbers added up. For example, rogues look for a specific amount of hit at all times. If you couldn't make it to the ideal hit number with gear alone, you had to gem for hit, as much as you could, in the hopes that you'd reach that ideal number.
and reforging, that guesswork has been alleviated. Now you can reforge stats you don't want to stats that you need. The only inherent problem with this is that the system, while admittedly easy to use from an interface standpoint, requires you to know the numbers and stats that you want to reforge for. And that
requires either intimate and innate knowledge of your class or a trip out of the game altogether to a website where people research all this stuff. There is nothing in the game that tells a newbie assassination rogue, "Hey, you probably don't need crit at all."
Should that be something that's put into place? Should the reforgers perhaps make subtle recommendations to new players on what they ought to be after? Not an outright refusal to reforge, of course, but perhaps seeing a mage reforge all crit to stam could result in a snooty "... Are you sure
about that?" from the ethereal reforgers.
In the end, though, I can't really argue with The Grumpy Elf's assessment -- we have never been so in control of our gear and the benefits we gain from it. Reforging is an incredibly useful tool that allows players to have a say in what their gear does for them, rather than simply hoping for that one ideal piece that never, ever seems to drop.