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2-21-2009 @ 6:00PM
Thanks for the article, good to see some refreshers on the basics once in a while. I think that crit rating should be higher on the list in one of the more popular raiding spec, fire heavy frostfire build (0/51/18+2 http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=oZfVc0RhIhVubhctbIccoc). I would go so far to say that, *once hit capped*, crit rating is more important than all other stat, even above spell power. This is because of the HUGE crit damage bonus from talents like Burnout, Ice Shards and Ignite. Also because spell power is much much easier to find on cloth than crit rating. So if i have to choose between gear with less spellpower with crit vs gear with more spellpower but no crit, I tend to take gear with crit. As for the other stats... you can't get a cloth with no intel on it anymore, I see no need to seek it out on purpose for fire specs (unlike arcane who get talents that are intel dependent). Also haste is of less value since it take so much to make a difference. I agree with you on spirit and spell penetration are the least important.On the downside, I do find that with my build, play style and gear so crit dependent, my dps can really fluctuate based on hot streak procs and if living bomb actually explode. Since living bomb's explosion could instantly proc hot streak with 3+ mobs affected, my dps really drops if it doesn't go off. (omg, i can't wait for them to make living bomb explode when the mob dies also, so i don't waste so much god damn mana on mad dps groups) It would love some feedback on this. thank you
2-22-2009 @ 1:22PM
I believe he put haste over crit because haste is generally morereliable than crit. Haste will *always* reduce your casting time (to a point*, but crit will only increase your dps depending on how lucky you are with the RNG. Like you said, your dps can flucuate +/- on any given night depending on how lucky you are. That being said, I do absolutely agree that, as a Fire-HeavyFrostfire mage, I will always stack crit over haste, because 1) it's a crit based spec, 2) it just seems a lot cheaper (likeChristian said above, you have to stack quite a bit of haste to see huge differences), and 3) like you said, you'll never have to choose between gear with crit or spellpower; just between no crit or more spellpower. From what I've seen though, they usually replace crit not with more spellpower, but with haste and/or hit and/or spirit, so you should rarely have to weigh them against each other.
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