Well its similar to what you have there, mine just shows that elimination doesn’t work on uniques. And this can only happen on “gold unique”, as a silver unique can only be simple forged or refined to add a perk, there is no middle solution.
Basically here, the DR should be there. But what the game actually does its just reseting the whole thing and you will get 2/3 of those perks with random 33% to get each.
Now you can work around a gold one. If I want my shield to be “upgraded” or leveled up, all I need is to get an item with speed/demo/DR like I did the first time, and then I make a new improved one.
I also get “wrong” results if I refine with silver item. For some strange reason, the perk that gets replaced is random (demo or DR should be replaced, since a refinement always adds a perk). In fact when I use a silver with DR to eliminate it, it actually leaves demo, and there is a random (?) on the other perk which essentially replaces DR, and then has 50% to be DR or the other perk on my silver.
We discussed this with @dumpster last year… its crazy, not working as it should I believe. But not so often to raise it up and ask for a fix. We had bigger issues.
Yes, I have thought of such a guide, and also a complete forging guide. But, It really has to be at the right time, and I am disappointed by the community here on some of the issues we have, which just held me back.
P.S. in this small forum, if its constructive, I believe off topics are fine. Even at a guide topic. If anyone can benefit, its better than staying quiet