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3-22-2010 @ 2:14AM
minor nitpick: DBS's berserk timer is 8 minutes (so the fight can't last 9 minutes), but that doesn't really cause any problems with your argument, since 7 minutes is the Glyph of Fire Elemental sweet spot. anyhow, it's a great glyph for DBS when you are running pretty close to the berserk timer, and that'll depend on your guild. i'd say this is probably the best glyph to have on your first time on saurfang, and probably for most pugs, too. either one of two outcomes will be present. the first possibility is you'll run deep enough into the fight where you can drop a second elemental, and this is a large dps burst right as you need it most, when he's low health and probably put a mark out on someone. the other is that you'll down him in less than 5 minutes, in which case the lost dps from not using the windfury weapon glyph won't have hindered moderately fast kill.what this points to is that the median fight length from a large number of guilds isn't quite the best metric for determining when GoFE is a good glyph. for any fight with fairly static positioning (at least for the first 2 minutes and in the last phase) that can potentially last long enough,* this is a great glyph. whether fights last long enough depends on your own raids, and while WoL medians are helpful in guessing when they'll be useful, trust your own experience first*here is what i don't know. how much of a second Fire Elemental is needed to outperform glyph of windfury weapon? 30 seconds? a minute? the whole 2 minutes? it'd be pretty easy for someone with more info on enhancement shamans to figure this out. start with the dps value of GoWFW, multiply by the fight length, divide by the added dps of a fire elemental over a magma totem, multiply by 120 to find the number of seconds the extra fire elemental needs to be active in order for GoFE to be better than GoWFW. almost everything should be pretty easy to plug in, most glyphs have had their value simmed out pretty clearly, plus the damage dealt by magma and fire elemental totems are known. the two tricky parts are estimating fight length, and the exact impact of the extra gcds you save by not having to keep dropping magma totem every 20 seconds.
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