Posts Tagged ‘talents’

by Matthew Rossi

 

I love fury. I raided in vanilla WoW with a two-handed fury DPS spec and also tanked, because everyone who played a warrior tanked back then. I tanked with a fury spec that worked very well for threat generation, but I eventually switched to an arms/prot spec for the Mortal Strike debuff.

When Titan’s Grip was announced for Wrath of the Lich King, everyone who knew me knew what my reaction would be. TG fury became my DPS spec of choice until I became a main tank for my Wrath guild, and it has stayed my favorite spec throughout the talent’s existence. Even now that I raid as arms DPS, fury is technically my main spec and arms my secondary. I even applauded when Single-Minded Fury was announced for Cata because I knew a lot of fury warriors missed the one-handed weapon playstyle.

At present, this is all moot. Both SMF fury and TG fury lag well behind arms as a DPS spec. Neither can match either the AoE potential of a Blood and Thunder build or sustain the rage for a single-target fight, with the exception of Ultraxion. Fury suffers for a variety of reasons, which we’ll go into as we discuss the spec. I don’t currently have BiS SMF weapons, so my SMF sims/testing and runs produced artificially low results. It is my belief that fury warriors who prefer SMF to TG would be better off considering a No’Kaled despite the agility, as the proc on the weapon is superior for DPS than Souldrinker. I’m sure a lot of shaman hate me now. (Remember, the Raid Finder version of No’Kaled is unavailable to you warriors.)
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by Brian Wood

 

There are a lot of reasons hunters want to top the DPS charts: because the view is better from up there, because we’re a DPS class and it’s our job, because it makes killing bosses easier, or just because it makes your man parts appear larger.

We talk a lot here on Scattered Shots about optimizing your hunter and keeping track of the little changes that happen with every patch and hotfix, but after a while all those little changes add up into a very different optimization picture. Today, we’re going to do a quick review of exactly what is the optimal way spec and play your hunter right now. We’re getting a handful of minor buffs and changes in 4.3.2, and this optimization review will take those into account.

These 10 tips are the quick and dirty answers to the current state of hunter optimization. Bookmark this page and pass it along to that guy with a hunter alt as a one-stop shop for what he should be doing right now. As always, things change with gear and group composition, and there are often choices that are almost as good, but this rundown will get you where you need to go: the top of the charts.
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by Fox Van Allen

 

When we met here last, I spent a great deal of time calculating the power of trinkets, partially because it’s an important subject and one that’s not easy for a shadow priest to unravel without performing their own research (or reading someone else’s). The real reason: WoW Insider data shows you guys absolutely love reading about trinkets. And why wouldn’t you? Trinkets are the most compelling gear slot to fill. Instead of relying on boring, flat stats, they offer compelling procs.

But trinkets aren’t the only pieces of gear that offer compelling procs — not anymore. Game designers at Blizzard are finally living up to a promise they made way back in February 2010 to “make more proc weapons in the future.”

The future is now, but that presents a new challenge to shadow priest. What exactly are those neat new procs worth? And what’s our best-in-slot weapon?
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by Dan Desmond

 

Well, here we are, the first two of the final four bosses of the expansion. That is, we thinkDeathwing is the final boss of the expansion — it is still unclear whether Blizzard will pull another We’re not done with the next expansion yet! raid on us like it did in Wrath with Ruby Sanctum. Regardless, we have a raid that needs a conclusion and a guide to go along with it, so let’s get started!

Please note that this guide, like many others I have written, is for the normal version of each encounter. Some mechanics, like Fading Light and Twilight Sappers, either work differently or have been removed on the Raid Finder difficulty.
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by Joe Perez

 

For as long as we’ve been healing, there’s always been a pretty solid debate on what the best stats were. Was haste the king of the castle? Was it better to stack spirit and crit? The inclusion of mastery did nothing to help this particular debate and honestly just complicated it a little bit further. Set bonuses from our tier pieces are also something that has been debated. Are they worth it compared to off-set gear? How important is it that I reach my four-piece?

The debate continues on throughout Dragon Soul, and as Cataclysm winds down to a close, those choices will have an impact long into the next expansion. In the eternal debate and questions, there are some very simple answers to be had.
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by Daniel Whitcomb

 

I will be honest: I am still not impressed with our tier 13 set. The whole bone motif just isn’t working for me. The set bonuses are also a little iffy for me, what with half of them being sort of OK and half sort of lackluster. It all leaves a bit of a lukewarm feeling. That said, I’m not too disappointed with the final tier of Cataclysm, because we have definitely received some pretty nice surprises from the itemization team.

Every tier should have those one or two items that make you stop and look again, items that, more than their superior stats, have a look or feel that just makes you feel warm and fuzzy and makes you want to get it no matter what the cost. We’ll look at some of those items from the Dragon Soul raid today, starting with everyone’s favorite sword that summons horrible visions from the depths of the earth, Gurthalak, Voice of the Deeps.
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by Chase Hasbrouck

 

This week and next, I’ll be covering everything you need to know to DPS your way through the new Dragon Soul raid encounter. I’ll provide a quick capsule strategy for those attempting the fight in the Raid Finder, then describe the changes to the fight for normal and heroic modes.
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by Christian Belt

 

You’re a mage, so right away we know two things about you:

  1. You’re awesome.
  2. You’re in the business of damaging things.

We hear jokes about mages being portal-merchants/sheep-bots/cake-vendors, but our real purpose — the only role we play that really matters — is that of DPS. We destroy things, and we do it as quickly and efficiently as possible. And if we can’t provide that service, our raid will replace us with someone who can.

So if damaging things is our business, it follows that we should always be striving to make sure business is good. We’re in competition for DPS slots with literally every single other class in this game. It’s in the interests of all mages that we work to improve ourselves at every opportunity. If we don’t, it’s entirely possible that our raid might take a warlock along instead.
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by Josh Myers
One of my favorite things about Dragon Soul are the weapons off Deathwing, as proc weapons have a long but tenuous history with WoW players. Some fondly remember the Fireball proc from Sulfuras, Hand of Ragnaros, while enhancement shaman look back on Onyxia’s Empowered Deathbringer and wonder what Blizzard was thinking. Seriously, the lower-ilevel Calamity’s Grasp off the end boss from two patches prior was a better choice.

Losing stats in favor of a weapon’s proc effect is always a gamble, especially given how incredibly loaded weapons are with stats. Going from a Lightning Rod to a Ti’tahk, the Steps of Time involves giving up a tremendous 300 hit rating and even more haste rating with the hope of the haste proc’s paying off in times of great need. Because of this, I was curious about how the weapons in Dragon Soul would stand up when compared to one another, especially since there are multiple non-proc weapons in the instance to compete with the proc ones. So, I took to every elemental shaman’s best friend – Simulation Craft – and did some simulations with a variety of weapon combinations. The shocking results:Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa’s Rest is still the best weapon in the game. Surprise?
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by Fox Van Allen

 

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Gearing in Cataclysm is a no-brainer. Blizzard finally gets the needs of different classes and seems to be making gear that we actually want. Spirit plus haste gear is all over the place. So is mastery plus haste gear. And since almost everything worth getting has red sockets, we don’t even need to do the math on what gem to use. And even with the “wrong” gear, reforging can make it almost as good as a best in slot.

There’s one place where gearing up is still somewhat of a challenge, and that’s the trinket slot. Instead of flat secondary stats, trinkets typically rely on procs with unspoken internal cooldowns and hard-to-theorycraft bonus damage.

When two numbers follow the name of a trinket, the first represents the pseudopower of the regular version; the second represents the pseudopower of the heroic version. When three numbers follow, the first represents the Raid Finder version; the second, the regular; and the third represents the pseudopower of the heroic version. Pseudopower numbers are calculated using the same SimulationCraft numbers that Mr. Robot uses.
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