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8-26-2011 @ 10:15AM
This is very much the case - in many cases, bad luck with weapon drops can seriously dent the output of an otherwise great melee or hunter DPS. Our enhancement shaman has legendarily poor luck with drops and still doesn't have two ilevel 359 weapons or higher. He dies a little inside each time we kill Baleroc and no Gatecrasher drops. However, weapons can be offset by skill - as evidenced by the fact that despite his substandard weapons (for the tier) this same shaman tends to average somewhere in the top 3 on DPS for the raid over the course of a lockout.Likewise, certain fight aspects or roles can seriously gimp the output of a given spec. Use caution when looking at Rhyolith for DPS comparison, for example - the DPS for the people on his legs is going to look really poor in comparison to the people who are on add duty.Basically, be smart about it. There are always a few decent benchmark fights in a tier - not a Patchwork necessarily but at least a fight where most of the DPS are operating under similar conditions. Look primarily to those for your comparisons, if you can.
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