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6-05-2009 @ 3:40PM
My problem with this line of thinking is that self-buffed numbers are a bit misleading. For instance a Resto Shaman with 2000 sp self-buffed is not equavelant to a Resto Druid with 2000 sp self-buffed. Self-buffs are part of the way that blizzard equalizes preformance between classes. The resto druid with 2000 sp self-buffed is typically sporting a 150 earthliving, plus 144 flametongue totem, etc. A resto druid does get the master shapeshifter bonus (4%), and the imp tree bonus (15% or spirit), plus mark (which adds to the imp tree bonus). If you were looking at 2 players both with 1700 pure unbuffed sp, the Shaman would likely have about 100 or more higher self-buffed spell power, however a druid with his lower self-buffed number would be able to preform at the same level all things considering (skill mostly). And that doesn't take into account priests or paladins, holy priests and holy pallies don't have any innate sp multiplier, but the intent of blizzard is for all classes to preform roughly at the same level with the same spell power.If you look at pure unbuffed numbers you are much more likely to get a better comparison. Another thing to consider is that the armory now gives pure unbuffed spell-power if someone were to look you up, and if someone asks for your spell power, and you give him your self-buffed number (presumably without telling him it's self-buffed), it makes you look bad, especially when you're found out. It is a symptom of someone trying to front more skill then they have. Likewise for dps you want to use unbuffed for the same reason, when I give my hunter's AP, I always indicate aspected or unaspected AP. A DPS warrior should not give a AP that includes BS, Ret Pally with BoM, etc, as those are raid buffs which get spread around, a raid leader wants to make sure that everyone is close to the same level, and giving arbitrarily inflated numbers complicates that.
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