I had planned on writing a short story and decided I just couldn’t really articulate what I wanted to convey in story format. I may go back to to what I have written and make it for something else..but..at this stage I figured it was just easier to post.
After another crappy DPS night as frost – I have decided it is time to switch. I am playing it to the best of my ability and sucking big time on it. That’s not true..simcraft says I am playing it better than I should be – but it is still pretty crappy DPS. The issue with all the DPS rankings (and please let me know if you know where to find the information) is that I don’t know what stat priority they have given to the classes. What % of what stat have they given to mages in different specs to determine that X specific class can do Y amount of damage? I have approximately the right ilevel to do about 35k – according to the rankings, yet simcraft says 20k is my maximum…so…what the hell are they basing mages on – 100% multi and 100% crit or something?
Anyway whilst I know I am doing my best with what I have, I think it sucks being down the bottom of DPS all the time. I know someone has to be there – and as I have said before I could handle it is we are all the same approx but when there is a 20k difference between top and bottom….I feel like shit. I saw the shammies doing over 50k the other night and nearly started to cry….nevermind what Aza can do when he gets cracking….or the DK’s or balls even the hunters!!! GAHHHH!!
So, I changed to arcane. I was pretty tempted by fire in all honesty, but arcane is the best spec. No harm in starting at the top and seeing how I go. I was arcane for a HUGE percentage of my play time and the style hasn’t changed overly much – I just have to re-learn it. I used to be pretty good at it (an eon ago) and am hoping to at least get acceptable again.
I went into my first raid last night since being Arc (i had hoped to do some LFR but ran out of time), so I was pretty well going in blind. I have yet to change my gems/enchants for mastery however I noticed last night that fully buffed I was sitting at 63% mastery…which is my main stat, so changing those last few things may make a pretty decent difference.
On the target dummies, unbuffed i was hitting about 24k consistently…which is neither here nor there. I went to raid and I still only hit that. I was a little miffed. I did managed to get 27k on Flamebender and then on a fight with less movement barely hit 22k. Hanz and Franz was horrific. I don’t even know what I did. I am going to try and check the logs and see what needs improvement.
I missed burn phases, I didn’t use cooldowns effectively, I didn’t drop my charges as often as I should – have costing me precious mana…overall I did better than I thought I would for my first night, but I need to improve significantly. I have no plans tonight so I might try and get my UI set up better (weak auras incoming) and do some LFR for practice. I didn’t do as badly as I thought I would and I have not taken Prismatic Crystal again – maybe that is my downfall – but I hate how it drops target when you use it so you lose cast time and then targetting time – I have never denied having slow reflexes and so that spell really annoys me when actually raiding.
The other massive change – I am button pressing no mousing….a huge change for me. Flamebender I mostly moused because that fight is and will always be crap. CRAP!!!!! In fact I wonder how often this happens and we have never noticed, I am generally on the left hand side and that is always completely covered in flying knives. At one point I went to the right hand side and you know what….NOT ONE KNIFE!!!! WHAT THE HELL?!??!!? There we are on the left – unable to find anywhere to stand and the people on the right have all the room in the world. Unbelievable.
I look forward to seeing what I can do and will change some more things around tonight.