Just for fun, I grinded out a set of glorious PvP gear with the new season patch. I don't really do PVP and mainly tank PVE, so I am out of touch. How should I gem and reforge?
Without much thought, I instinctively gemmed and reforged for haste, as I do on my tank and PVE ret gear, allowing for the lower hit/exp caps and going for crit over mastery if there was a choice (usually there wasn't). Then it occurred to me, that may be this was wrong. What do ret PvPers do?
Reading some sites, opinions seemed to vary. One argument against haste is that you are so often CCed and kited, that it is not as valuable as it is in PVE. Better to make your hits, hit harder than try to squeeze in more. Some advocated crit as it has the chance to create some extra burst which might catch the enemy off guard and also because it affects heals. Some liked mastery as it was reliable, but against that it has the downside of affecting only some abilities (CS, TV, HoW?), which are mainly melee range ones. Noxxic likes strength, although I can't see why it would be better in pvp relative to secondary stats than it is in pve (where we prefer to gem with secondaries as they have twice the budget).
On balance, the arguments for crit seemed compelling - what do others think?
I guess I am thinking more of random battlegrounds, not serious PVPing with arena (I tried that and was awful at it).