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2-12-2010 @ 9:26AM
Why do you keep calling it a rotation when, as you point out, it's a priority system? And you didn't say anything about how the priority changes based on the encounters you mentioned in the second paragraph.
2-12-2010 @ 9:39AM
The same reason it's called a "Defense Cap" and not something else.
2-12-2010 @ 10:01AM
I guess my point is that they're two different things. A rotation is a set number of skills in a set order, and best dps is had by executing that rotation as precisely as possible. A priority system is executing the best ability when it's available. It might seem like a small distinction, but if someone is waiting for an ability to come off cd because "it's next in the rotation" they're going to have some bad results. Since this is a newbie post, I don't think you can overplay the distinction between rotation and priority. Just my two cents.
2-12-2010 @ 11:12AM
Allison said the same about the cat "rotation" - it's anything but a steady rotation. Any community develops its own specialised language and rotation has become the standard term in the WoW community, unfortunately.There are other similar examples. "Enchants" include embosses for leatherworkers, belt buckles, arcana for headpieces... all sorts of odd things.End of language off-topic comment :-).
2-12-2010 @ 6:33PM
For Retribution Paladins, we call it an FCFS rotation, "First Come, First Serve". We work the same way: a priority system, hit whichever item is highest on the priority list AND currently off CD. When I was specced Retribution I arranged all of attacks in my bottom left action bar, with the highest priorty furthest to the right, and all placed in descending order of priority. That way I just hit whichever ability was closest to the center of the screen and not on CD. I intend to do the same thing with my Shaman when I get my accound back online, and anyone having trouble getting the priority straight might want to give it a try also. Hope this is helpful to someone.
2-21-2010 @ 2:43PM
Unfortunately it's a little more complicated than that. because usually we don't want to cast our highest priority ability (Lightning Bolt) until 5 stacks of Maelstrom are up. We don't want to cast Stormstrike if the Stormstrike debuff is up. We only want to pop magma totem when it runs out. And we only want to use Lightning Shield when it's just about out of charges.So to be more exact, ret paladins may be able to face roll by setting up their action bars but a Enh Shaman can't go around spamming Lightning Bolt and expect to mash our srs dps. They are worlds apart despite both using a priority order.
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