Ilvl 525 lock here. I usually play affliction but just got the UVLS trinket so I want to give demonology a try. From everything I read or video guides I've watched (thanks Evrelia and Sparkuggs) it seems that you either need to hit an incredibly low soft Haste cap 8097 and then stack mastery. OR you can reach an incredibly high haste cap around 13000-14000+. With my gear, I can't quite reach those upper level of soft haste caps. I have the legendary meta, UVLS, Wooshalays (sp?), and Breath of the Hydra trinkets (all normal raid versions). It just feels wrong to drop haste down so low to the 8097 range, especially when haste is so beneficial for the RPPM stuff. Further confusing me is what AMR says to do. For default settings on Demo spec it optimizes a random 9000ish haste, and fills all red gem slots with straight Intellect. Just doesn't seem right to me.
So, with UVLS, legendary meta gem, and BotH (or Woosh), should I really soft cap at 8097, and stack mastery? Or just reforge into, and gem for, full haste (while preserving socket bonuses of course). Or should I just do what AMR says to do?
My guild clears ToT every week, the bosses I fight and clear vary from week to week. I can switch specs but I can not reforge/regem for between bosses.