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2-28-2008 @ 5:38AM
Good article. I apologise for picking you up on an irrelevant detail, but don't forget the warlock curse. It's a big deal afa stackability goes.IMHO AEP is the way to go re: balancing +hit/AP/crit/haste. Every now and then you need to take a spreadsheet and reevaluate your equivalencies, but they don't often change sufficiently to affect a gear choice :)And as a general rule, a little of everything is probably safest. Excluding any stat entirely will decrease your potential.
2-28-2008 @ 7:57AM
I appreciate the mathcraft that goes into these posts, but I think they miss an important point that affects 90% of lv70 rogues: we do more than just raid.Now maybe some rogues can afford to respec multiple times in a day, have multiple T4-T6 gear sets gemmed and enchanted specifically for particular tasks, and are content to spam a specific cycle during raid encounters and never do anything wrong. I suspect the majority don't fit into this category (I certainly don't).We do daily PvP and quests as well as heroics and raids. We are still saving for the premier enchants and gems, so don't want to burn gold on respecs. Our gear is still evolving. We make mistakes and need strategies that are tolerant of that. We like to keep it interesting and try out different things in encounters. We are not totally dispassionate in our desire to maximise lifetime raid DPS - e.g. some of us just like daggers. For example: If you could boost your encounter DPS by 1% by trading in your Vanish skill, would you? Upper-tier endgame rogues would no question, because they know the encounters so well that they never need to Vanish. We mortals however, need Vanish to stay alive sometimes when we bollocks something up and THAT has a better chance of preventing a wipe than an extra 1% on our DPS.Another example: Cookie-cutter combat dagger spec (15/41/5) has no points in Improved Kick. Bollocks to that - I need IK for BGs and Arena and respeccing every day to do dailies takes money away from my BOP epics and enchants. So I'll drop a couple of points in pure raid DPS to pick that up, and spec 15/42/4. And leave the spec at that, because it's still good for raids and better than it used to be for PvP.I'm not criticising the endgame mathcrafters because for them it really does matter. But for the rest of us, there needs to be some understanding that it doesn't come down to pure lifetime raid DPS all the time.Maybe another series is needed - what about the EARLY endgame rogues who can't afford to be super-specialised and have to find a compromise?
2-29-2008 @ 2:15AM
@Cat While I respect your opinion and know where you are coming from on the subject from your well written comment, I would just offer a reply of my own. To talk about endgame raiding is to talk about what is the top level content, change as it may. Currently as we all know its BT/MH. Next patch it will be Sunwell. I will admit that I love math and theorycrafting, but its important to keep in mind that in a raid setting you should be dedicated to your role. If I am kicking spirit shocks on Reliquary or heals on illidari council, I make sure that is my focus. On everything else, my primary concern is doing the most dps I possibly can with the gear I have, and making sure that gear is selected, gemmed, and enchanted ideally. With the plethora of available dailies, it isn't hard to have money for enchants and gems and flasks and worst of all, repairs. I guess what I am trying to say is that if you are going to talk about raiding and endgame, you need to approach it with the right perspective.
2-29-2008 @ 5:08AM
@Cat/Golijov: I'm with Cat, an article or series on this is just the role WoWI could fill. If you really want the latest optimisations, just go to EJ. The "Rogue Theorycraft 101" summary is really quite readable. (Marcie Knox, hearts to you btw ;) )WOWI is ideally positioned to talk about those just entering T5 say, who need to grind some badges or honor along the side to help gear up. This is a large unfulfilled market.Having said that... I would humbly suggest staying raid build for dailies and doing PvP in blocks if possible, say once a week. 50g isn't what it used to be, and PvP without a full PvP build is often rather unpleasant.
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