So given my crapiness at DPS, I decided it was time to try and be a better player and not be a clicker. I am not saying clickers can’t be good players, but there is definitely something to be said for not having to move the mouse when you need to use a new spell.
A few weeks ago, I set up my buttons to be more conducive to button pressing and I set up the buttons on my mouse, I tested out the settings on a target dummy and then promptly freaked out every time I was in combat and went back to clicking.
As per my previous posts a couple of days ago I was discussing it with people again and decided I had to give this a serious attempt. I headed to the Timeless Isles with good intentions and once again got into combat and started clicking. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!
I spoke to Lominari about it and we decided my issue was movement. I don’t want to die in the fire and that worries me more than anything which is what makes me nervous. So, I spent probably 30 minutes running around the shrine, just using my mouse as my mover and keeping my fingers over the buttons I would normally use for spells so that I could get used to the sensation. I have to re-programme 9 years of playing – this is not going to happen overnight.
I went and killed some stuff when I was more confident, but realistically I kill things fast and even on the timeless isles the mobs were dying pretty quickly. I needed a boss.
Flex. Oh Flex how I adore thee, let me count the ways.
I don’t have any logs for the previous flex’s we have done so I can only go off the numbers I think I remember in my head but I think I did ok. I warned everyone that I was re-learning and that I would possibly suck and die. I requested the healers not heal me if I was standing in the poop because I needed to pay the price for not moving – which would in theory make me better. I died only once on trash before Siegecrafter and I am still not even sure how that happened.
I also requested Drauka, Owl and Aza to keep reminding me not to click incase I fell back into habits. They reminded me and I can happily say -the only clicking I did, that I shouldn’t have was the dream phases on Garrosh – I freaked a little. At this stage I don’t have any of my AOE keybound so I was having to click that, but I am not overly worried about trash – I am concerned about my DPS for the bosses.
So, on Garrosh, I managed a staggering – 203k DPS. This was better than my previous attempts as far as I can remember I never hot 200k for Garrosh…I was close, but could never push over that ledge.
I can’t remember what boss this was after….Thok maybe? or Spoils possibly, either way it was much better than I usually do on said fight and hence why I took a picture of it.
So I am pretty happy with the above numbers, they are still well off where I could be – but it was my first night not clicking – and I saw improvement on my usual numbers – this is good in my book. We also didn’t have anyone providing the 7% buff to haste which my gear is built around having, so I was not haste capped and although that is not really a major increase, it is still something I was lacking. I also later realised my pet had been passive on Garrosh for the last part due to the previous dream phase and that would have reduced my DPS a little bit.
Overall, I think this was a very positive first attempt. I didn’t die to anything stupid, I did manage higher DPS even though I was stuffing up my rotation about 30% and I was getting confident with it by the end of the run.
Let’s see how I go over the next few weeks trying to continue it when I am not in a run.