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Blue Sockets and Socket Bonuses

Posted on 10 June, 2015

Blue sockets can be a tricky business when you are unsure whether or not you should ignore the socket bonus. First of all if you are under the poison hit cap you will need to use [Glinting Demonseye] in all of your blue sockets until this is sorted out through gearing up and reforging.

However if you are over the poison hit cap after reforging, you should consider alternative gemming options in your blue sockets. For both blue adn yellow sockets you need to work out whether or not the socket bonuses are worth keeping. Using EP values will help us calculate whether or not we should use a socket bonus or not in each item of gear.

Gem Type EP Values
The main gem types for a rogue need to be calculated first so we can then determine whether or not a socket bonus is worth it. These are the following gem types and their EP values that we will be looking at if we are over the poison hit cap:

RED: [Delicate Inferno Ruby]
= 40 Agility for all builds

Combat: 40 x 2.69 = 107.6 EP
Mutilate: 40 x 2.6 = 104 EP
Subtlety: 40 x 3.5 = 140 EP

YELLOW: [Deft Ember Topaz] or Mutilate only: [Adept Amber Topaz]
= 20 Agility + 20 Haste or 20 Agility + 20 Mastery

Combat: (20 x 2.69) + (20 x 1.52) =  53.8 + 30.4 = 84.2 EP
Mutilate: (20 x 2.6) + (20 x 1.3) = 52 + 26 = 78 EP
Subtlety: (20 x 3.5) + (20 x 1.3) = 70 + 26 EP = 96 EP

BLUE: [Glinting Demonseye]
= 20 Agility + 20 Hit

Combat: (20 x 2.69) + (20 x 1.09) = 53.8 + 21.8 = 75.6 EP
Mutilate: (20 x 2.6) + (20 x 0.75) = 52 + 15 EP = 67 EP
Subtlety: (20 x 3.5) + (20 x 0.8) = 70 + 16 EP = 86 EP

So now we know the EP values of each colour gem for all builds we can work out which socket bonuses are worth keeping.

Yellow Socket Bonuses

To calculate if the yellow socket in your gear is worth keeping all you need to do is calculate what what the EP value of the socket bonus is and whether or not you would therefore gain EP from using it or not. As an example we will use the [Swiftflight Leggings] from the Wildhammer Clan faction. This item has a socket bonus of 20 critical strike rating and both a red and a yellow socket. We only need to work out what to do with the yellow socket so we will ignore the red socket for now as it is assumed it will always be a +40 Agility gem in all situations.

So first we work out what the EP value is of the socket bonus:

Combat: 20 crit = 20 x 0.92 = 18.4 EP
Mutilate: 20 crit = 20 x 0.9 = 18 EP
Subtlety: 20 crit = 20 x 1.1 = 22 EP

So in order to work out if changing a yellow gem to a red is going to be better for us or not we need to make sure that by doing so we gain more than the above socket bonus EP values.

So add these EP values to our yellow gem totals and compare them to a red gem without a socket bonus activated.:

Yellow Gem
Combat: 18.4 EP socket bonus + 84.2 EP Yellow Gem = 102.6 EP
Mutilate: 18 EP socket bonus + 78 EP Yellow Gem = 96 EP
Subtlety:  22 EP socket bonus + 96 EP Yellow Gem = 118 EP

Red Gem (no socket bonus) compared to yellow:
Combat: 107.6 EP – yellow = 5 EP (Conclusion: Use Red Gem)
Mutilate: 104 EP – yellow = 8 EP (Conclusion: Use Red Gem)
Subtlety: 140 EP – yellow = 22 EP (Conclusion: Use Red Gem)

If any of these value were to come out as negative EP, then you would be better off using the Yellow Gem with the socket bonus instead.

Minimum Socket Bonus for Yellow

For other items we can work out a minimum socket bonus EP value. Simply deduct the Yellow gem (without the socket bonus)  from the Red gem to obtain the minimum EP value of a socket bonus needed to make using a yellow gem worthwhile:

Combat: 107.6 EP – 84.2 EP = 23.4 EP
Mutilate: 104 EP – 78 EP = 26 EP
Subtlety: 140 EP – 96 EP = 44 EP

Blue Socket Bonuses

You can work out if a blue socket bonus is worthwhile in the same way as you can for a yellow socket bonus. The easiest way to do this is to work out the socket bonus EP value and ad it to your blue gem EP value. Then compare that to a red gem and see which is higher.

For example:
A Combat rogue has a blue socket with a bonus of 20 Mastery Rating. They are above the poison hit cap.
Socket Bonus = 20 x 1.19 = 23.8 EP
Blue Gem + Bonus = 23.8 + 75.6 = 99.4 EP
Red Gem, no bonus = 107.6 EP

107.6 EP – 99.4 EP = 8.2 EP (Conclusion: Use Red Gem)

Minimum Socket Bonus for Blue

For other items we can work out a minimum socket bonus EP value. Simply deduct the Blue gem (without the socket bonus)  from the Red gem to obtain the minimum EP value of a socket bonus needed to make using a blue gem worthwhile:

Combat: 107.6 EP – 75.6 EP = 32 EP
Mutilate: 104 EP – 67 EP = 37 EP
Subtlety: 140 EP – 86 EP = 54 EP

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