Retribution Paladin Reforging is current for Patch 4.0.6 and Patch 4.1. Reforging is a new feature in Cataclysm that allows a player to swap a percentage of a secondary stat for a more desired secondary stat on any piece of gear they own. Specifically, Reforging will allocate 40% of one stat for another. The new stat cannot be a one already existing on that piece of gear. Reforging does cost gold, so make sure you adjust correctly. Should you need to restore a Reforged item to its default form, the Reforging NPC can perform this as well.
Ret Paladins will follow a priority based Reforging stat adjustment. When deciding what secondary stat to take, you will be wanting to check back to our stat priority list. Our current prioritization is as follows:
1. Hit Rating
Reforging for Hit Rating is solely done to reach the Hit cap, which is 8%. Reaching the Hit Cap will be the number one priority for optimal DPS. Extra hit past the hit cap can be reforged into another needed stat.
2. Expertise Rating
Second priority is the Expertise cap, which is 26 Expertise. It is possible to build up to 16 Expertise Rating, and then use Glyph of Seal of Truth to add the rest.
Mastery is going to be the go-to stat after hit and expertise. Reforging will be primarily put into this stat.
4. Critical Strike
Crit and Mastery are very, very close. But at this point in time, Crit falls 4th, and will only be Reforged if Mastery is already on the gear.
You will reforge away from Haste as much as possible, as this is currently our worst stat as of Patch 4.0.6. In most scenarios, you will Reforge away from any haste that is on gear to your most needed stat (see above).