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1-24-2010 @ 1:10PM
@NavaroNot sure what class you're playing, but mind I tell you, many of the great DPS classes require quite some time to build up their output. DoT classes like my spriest or affliction warlocks (*hastily hits Dispersion in an anticipation of an incoming plethora of arcane barrages for saying that word in mage column*) hardly have time to put all their dots on a single mob before entire pack dies to AOE. Classes with more complex rotations like assassination-specced folk from Chase Christian's column or feral kittehs need a much longer time to fully unfold their DPS, which means they will not top the meters like they should unless it's a bossfight and the target actually survives long enough for them to go all out. Should I mention the existence of trinkets that also need time to build up stacks?Sure, a substantially worse geared enh shammy or ret pally probably can outDPS me on those pesky whelps in the beginning of the Oculus. But let them try to link a meter and start bragging about it. =)On the other hand, considering that "people who actually pay attention, and strive to perfect their rotations" just spam aoe in a most irresponsible manner, they bring more chaos and sense of fail to the group than people that act responsibly. I'm sure if Mr. Belt ended up in a group with my not-so-well-geared warrior tank, he'd be nice enough to let me pick the mobs up, because there mathematically is no way on earth I can pick the mobs up if an ICC25-geared mage (or any other AOE-friendly class) starts AOE-ing before I even reached the mobs (and no, I don't consider Challenging Shout an option, it's honestly a tool for a "nasty stuff hit the fan" situations, not a tool for handling reckless uncooperative 12-yr old kids).Speaking of which: same people you mention, people that think they carry everyone that fall behind them on meters during trash pulls, actually end up costing everyone repair bills more often than not. An example would be a situation when in H HoR you have one such guy that has a much better gear than the rest of the group, including tank and healer, proportional to his recklessness and witlessness, probably.Normally you should have 5 mobs at pull, 4 mobs 10 sec later, 3 mobs 20 secs later etc etc, a logical pace that dynamically alleviates stress from healer by actually taking out dangerous mobs and preventing them from doing more damage and using more nasty abilities. But the outgeared guy is too good to listen to reason. His favorite Gearscore addon just told him that everyone else in his group sucks (don't get me wrong, GS is a great addon for a somewhat objective evaluation of gear, I trust it to see if my toon is ready for one specific encounter or another, but same people that misuse meters sadly tend to misuse GS too). So that guy just starts spamming his AOE, anticipating some juicy numbers on his meter to link after the pull, and things end up in one of the following ways:a) If both tank and healer are well geared, then you'll just have a very frustrated healer, in which case that guy better pray the healer isn't a RL warlock (*tries to hit Dispersion again, but finds it on cooldown. Oh sh...*), because hey, WTF, healer doesn't have to stress himself more just because you're being a jerkwad.b) If healer can't keep it up, you'll have 5 mobs at the pull, same 5 10 secs later, same 5 20 secs later, same 5 30 secs later and a dead tank 40 secs later. GGc) If the tank can't generate enough aggro to hold the mobs under that monstrous AOE, then the former soldiers of Lordaeron will do everyone a favor and take a second of their time to collectively one-shot the jerkwad. Sadly, due to instance mechanics that'll mean a wipe on Falric. GGSure, there are situations when AOE is logical and necessary, like the PoS midtunnel fight, where I just love to see a 17k DPS Mind Sear (who wouldn't?), but the jerkwads strive for that high number on the meter in too many inappropriate situations (When was the last time I saw a DK Death Grip a shackled rifleman, ignoring the loose mage next to the rifleman? Today? Yeah, I guess), ending up stressing and/or wiping the group, which nobody appreciates.P.S. If you're really that good and you're a perfectionist, I don't see why you would have a problem with what you call "carrying" people. Many is the time when I find myself in a group with one or sometimes even two fresh 80-ies. I find it perfectly ok, because I know I can make up for their lack of DPS and get the instance done nice and clean. And I also don't forget to decurse, shackle, mass dispel and do everything else I can, rather than just pushing numbers. So instead of perfecting your "rotations", you should try perfecting the way you do your job, which includes everything your class can do. I can't possibly express enough of my admiration to that enh shammy the other day, that sacrificed his precious SoE totem to put down Tremor on King Dred. A trifle, but what a pleasant one.
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