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8-13-2011 @ 8:49PM
What are the rough equivalency points? Or do they change drastically based on gear?It seems to me that you focus on variance in dps being a reason not to stack critical strike, however for dps this doesn't particularly matter I don't think :/Let's say stacking mastery would net you an average of 27k dps, with it ranging between 26 and 28k 90% of parses.Now say stacking crit would net you 28.5k, with it ranging between 24k and 33k 90% of the time.Numbers are exagerated, but in this example I believe most sites would advise stacking crit. Is the scenario I just gave anything like the enha shammy stat situation, or are crit and mastery extremely close together, with mastery being more reliable?
8-13-2011 @ 9:18PM
The numbers don't quite work that way, and if you've ever been on a raid wipe at 1%, do you want to be That Guy who stacked crit and got bad RNG that fight?Remember too, that you will have crit rating, if only from your agility. And if haste is so bad and all, you will eventually find yourself looking for mastery/crit gear, and will get both, once you're good on hit and expertise.
8-13-2011 @ 11:09PM
That variance swings both ways, what if you would have wiped but a string of lucky crits saved the day?
8-14-2011 @ 1:37AM
Problem is that Crit will never net you a better average number.Mastery scales up 100% with 50% of your damage in a linear manner.Crit scales at only 50% with that same 50% and less than 75% with the other half thanks to misses and glancing blows in the auto-attack table.Agility by itself will give you more than enough Crit. I believe Wowhead's current ranking is correct.If 1 pt of agility is 100, mastery is at 49 and crit is 36.You always want to gem agility unless the bonus makes up for it.
8-14-2011 @ 6:17AM
Thanks for the numbers Angus, just wanted to make sure Mastery gave a bigger average dps gain.That doesn't explain why the entire article focuses on randomness being what devalues crit. For a dps spec this is not really the case, if crit gives you better average dps but more variance, as in my scenario, then it will usually be suggested crit is better.
8-14-2011 @ 11:38AM
I agree with what your saying about the article focusing only on the randomness aspect of crit. The haste article, on the other hand, was very good and included much more theory. As for your question about EP values, with my gear setup (~23% crit, 40% mastery) rawr and simulationcraft tell me .95-1 for mastery and ~.8 for crit.
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