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5-16-2010 @ 6:31PM
Fortunately, as an Arcane Mage (assuming proper rotation, talent spec, decent gearing decisions, and careful use of mana), it's really really easy to crack 800 DPS, especially on bosses. Using heirloom gear and dungeon blues/greens, I did 2K+ DPS on bosses by the mid-70s, and as a fresh 80, I could pull off 3K on bosses consistently before getting any gear from 80 dungeons. Arcane is pretty much ideal for a fresh 80 because of its perks:Low hit rating: Arcane can double-dip from Arcane and Frost talents for 6% total hit chance before gear. Add into that the Grand Staff of Jordan I'd been leveling with (2.59%), and one or two other armor pieces with hit, and while you're not raid hit-capped, you're well on the way for Heroics.Mana = damage: While you won't be sustaining Arcane blast spam for more than a few seconds until you get some emblem gear, you can still put out some decent damage if you play aggressively, the fights aren't too long, and Evocation is ready. Fortunately, 5-man fights are rarely too long, and 2 minutes is usually short enough that Evocation (and the rest of your cooldowns) will be primed and ready at the start of each and every boss fight. Basically, you can do damage far beyond your gearscore, though not for very long. It's a lot of fun.
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