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7-30-2011 @ 3:28PM
I leveled Fire. I stayed Fire once I finally go onto a raid team. I was Fire when I transferred guilds and joined an awesome raid team (doing CURRENT content!) Then I respecced as soon as I saw that my dps was lower than both tanks. It was a soul crushing blow. I loved Fire and I had never ever played Arcane. But now I am usually in the top 4 for dps (on the low end if there is a lot of movement.)Maybe it was just me, but after Blizz "fixed" the ignite munching I ended up losing a lot of dps. I missed a lot of Pyro procs. The same day I switched specs I saw a 3k dps increase, and I haven't looked back. Now I am just trying to get the damage done numbers up (cause my burst and dps numbers are pretty darn good.)"Why do you guys put up with my nonsense?"Because we want YOU to be writing our column. Because YOU are the funny, engaging and informative Mage columnist. When others take over your column for you it is not (as) funny, the Warlock hate isn't the same or there at all...in all honesty, if you aren't able to do a column for said week, I'd almost rather just have a placeholder age show up saying no column this week. I get real life...it trumps everything. Yes even this blog.
7-30-2011 @ 3:37PM
WTB edit button..."placeholder page"Reading the column and comments now makes me want to go out and roll a new Fire mage....burn Burn BURN!
7-30-2011 @ 3:41PM
Fire isn't as strong as arcane but it's not THAT badNo offence, but if you weren't outDPSing TANKS then you were doing something wrong, the spec wasn't to blame
7-30-2011 @ 4:00PM
A) The tanks were in t11 and raid gear, while I was in blues and a few crafted purples.B) I was following what EJ suggested (rotation, spec, gems, glyphs, etc.)C) I seemed to be procc'ing Pyros right on top of each other so that I'd miss one or several in the course of a fight.D) Before Blizz "fixed" things I was doing MORE dps and after I was doing LESS dps. Rotation didn't change, but the RNG and procs sure did.E) I am not saying I was HUGELY (maybe 1k at most) under the tanks...just under them as far as a dps number...which as a pure dps class is embarrassing.Either way, as Arcane I bring more to the raid as a whole now and THAT is what is important. They never asked me to switch, I did that on my own. Thankfully I am in a raid group that doesn't fixate on your numbers and wanted me to be there whether as Fire or as Arcane, low dps or not.
7-30-2011 @ 4:28PM
A bad spec/player fit doesn't exactly mean the player is bad, Imnick. Blame neither alone, but perhaps both at once. Getting the fit right is huge, and I know I've been 75% of capacity with some spec/class combos, but 110% with others.
7-30-2011 @ 6:29PM
Very much agree with bitterfig on this one - there are times when one spec's playstyle just doesn't fit with a certain player. If your brain works particularly well with a slightly sub-par spec, you'll still probably do more damage with it than with a top spec that you just can't get your head around.That's how I find it works with me, anyway.
7-30-2011 @ 8:58PM
Very true. What is the best spec *for you* is not necessarily the one that outputs the best DPS on the spreadsheet. Noting that a certain spec doesn't work for you isn't saying *the spec* is to blame, but still, the spec doesn't work for you. It *is* to blame in the sense that it doesn't work for you -- it lacks some attribute that you need to do your best. For me, I don't need absolute rigidity by any means, but I do enjoy a good rhythm in my play, and fire's got no rhythm. It's *too* random. The fact that it evens out statistically doesn't matter when the lack of predictability saps away that sense of rhythm you find enjoyable in a good (to you) spec, and lacking that enjoyable feeling, the play suffers and the numbers drop. Who's failing who? The player's not doing as good as possible, but it's features of the spec that are causing that reaction from the player. Either may be fine considered on their own merits, but the combination isn't -- the fit is wrong...
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