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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?
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