The 4.0.1 pre-Cataclysm patch introduces us to the wonderful world of reforging. Blizzard describes it thusly:
Originally a magic brought to the citizens of Azeroth by the Highborne, reforging will provide a new means for players to customize their gear in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. NPCs offering reforging services will be located in all major cities, ready to assist in customizing items by altering the stats they provide. Players can use reforging to modify an item’s stat values, or to undo any previous changes and allow different customization choices.
So, how do you get all your gear in top working order as a discipline priest? By using this handy guide, of course!
GENERAL GUIDE TO STATS
Intellect > Spirit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%) > Crit
If you’re running out of mana, use: Spirit > Intellect > Crit > Mastery > Haste (to 25%)
Temporary Edit: Don’t bother with Mastery right now in 4.0.1. The return on your investment is very, very low for the time being.
Intellect: Size of your mana pool
Spirit: Regeneration rate of your mana pool
Critical Strike: The chance a spell will provide be critical (larger than normal)
Haste: The speed at which you cast spells
Mastery: A bonus to your talent tree specialization (mana regen, healing bonus, and PW:Shield bonus for us disc priests)
You Don’t Want…
GUIDE TO GEMS
Anything ‘Brilliant’ (+intellect)
‘Energized’ (+haste, +spirit)
‘Forceful’ (PvP only; +haste, +stamina)
‘Misty’ (+crit, +spirit)
‘Nightmare Tear’ (+all stats)
‘Potent’ (+intellect, +crit)
‘Purified’ (+intellect, +spirit)
‘Reckless’ (+haste, +intellect)
‘Timeless’ (PvP only; +intellect, +stamina)
‘Turbid’ (PvP only; +spirit, +resilience)
‘Wilful’ (PvP only; +intellect, +resilience)
‘Accurate’ ‘Bold’ ‘Champion’
‘Deadly’ ‘Defender’ ‘Deft’
‘Delicate’ ‘Etched’ ‘Fierce’
‘Flashing’ ‘Glinting’ ‘Inscribed’
‘Jagged’ ‘Lightning’ ‘Lucent’
‘Mysterious’ ‘Nimble’ ‘Polished’
‘Precise’ ‘Radiant’ ‘Regal’
‘Resolute’ ‘Resplendent’ ‘Rigid’
‘Shifting’ ‘Solid’ ‘Sovereign’
‘Splendid’ ‘Stalwart’ ‘Steady’
‘Stormy’ ‘Subtle’ ‘Veiled’
GUIDE TO REFORGING
You can’t change the four primary stats (Stamina, Intellect, Agility, and Strength), but you can modify the eight secondary stats (Spirit, Hit Rating, Expertise Rating, Critical Strike Rating, Haste Rating, Mastery Rating, Parry Rating, and Dodge Rating).
So far, there are no Mastery gems; if you want Mastery stats on your gear, reforging is currently the only way to get it.
You can find yourself on wowarmory.com and check out your stats- they’re under your feet. Look at your overall ratings and see where you need improvement, then reforge to pick up anywhere you have low ratings.
Reforgers are located in every capital city; just ask a guard with a map icon for directions.
You Want… You Don’t Want…
Critical Strike Dodge