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10-22-2009 @ 3:47PM
In my experience, I've come to conclude that DPS = sexual prowess for nerds. IMHO Utility & Resourcefulness > DPS. I would much rather be in a group with mediocre DPS who listen to directions, pay attention to their surroundings, and refrain from smartass comments (all of which slow down the raid much more than a slightly lower DPS.)Perhaps I've become prejudiced by the basement dwellers who pug into our raids and alluva sudden get super cocky when they realize they are topping the meters. I've had friends who became unbearable as soon as they started gearing up. And personally, I've sacrificed too much fun worrying about it.Listen, everyone has good and bad days (check your boy/girlfriend for confirmation. Don't have one? Gosh, your DPS must really be bad!) Some days, you're gonna be carried and still win that tier piece. If anyone's got a problem with that, whatsit to you?Nevertheless, I really appreciate this article for outlining how to use the training dummies. But I heavily recommend when someone asks your DPS, you hover your mouse over the "Damage" part of your Character window (what you get from pressing the "c" key.) A little pop-up will tell you your DPS. PST that-- if they can't handle it, you're better off without 'em.
10-22-2009 @ 10:46PM
I'm not sure about that DPS bit. If you link that you will just get laughed at for acting like a noob, even by players who just want to get an inkling of how you'll perform. Yes, some people are just trying to be elitist choads and slap your with their massive e-peen, but others just want to make sure everyone pulls their weight. I'm not saying that DPS is the ultimate measure of a character either, but people should have some idea of where they stand.DPS output is a decent approximation of the level of content you are ready for with your rotation, spec, and gear. You shouldn't be finding out inside the dungeon that your 1000 DPS isn't going to cut it in a raid and you're being carried. Training dummies are to WoW as test tracks are to car racing. My gear is not great, but I take the time to make the best of it by learning rotations/stat weights and speccing in the neighborhood of "properly". That way, I'm actively contributing to the group instead of just leeching off people for "the purps". That's part of the fun for me.
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