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6-03-2010 @ 9:51AM
As a Shadow Priest, I agree with Foc. You have to be careful that your haste doesn't become "soft capped" during Herolust - if you, say, pop a haste pot during Herolust, will that put you past the 1.0 Sec GCD? Then you're wasting haste, at least for instants and 1.5 sec casts. Also, unless you're really comfortable with your latency, you might lose some efficiency and potentially clip DOTs and channeled spells.However, I also agree with Rossi. Plan out your cooldown use for maximum uptime. This often means using them at the very beginning of the fight to maximize uptime. However, if you happen to be a class that benefits greatly from Herolust, and you know when Herolust is going to be popped (Arcane Mage might be a good example) then you might skip hitting that cooldown on cooldown to line it up with Herolust.The difference between a good DPS and an Amazing, Must be Hacking DPS, is planning out the fight. Is this fight one that has lots of pauses where you'll have to ramp up again (putricide)? Then perhaps it would be better to use a straight spellpower/haste trinket or a clickable trinket - say Phylactery of the Nameless Lich, rather than a stacking spellpower trinket like Muradin's. You can also plan out other gear sets that way. Remember, you can switch weapons in combat as well - will this net you more of a certain stat when you need it? Holy Priests used to keep Spirit weapons around so that they could put them on during their spirit regen naps. (not that they were DPSing but it gives you an idea of how that could work). Are there talents, rarely used abilities, or things you haven't thought of that could give you the extra edge? Dispersion on Sindragosa allows you to mostly ignore unchained magic, for instance. I've been playing around with the nerfed Incanters Absorption on my Mage ( I don't think its worth the mana you lose from Mana Shield, but the FIre and Frost Ward part is okay). Our Boomkin informed me yesterday that he recasts his Raid buff to proc his Omen of Clarity. Research and expirement to find little things like this.
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