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11-05-2011 @ 12:13AM
I haven't raided as a boomkin much since wrath, was kitty dps for the first part of the xpac and got bumped into tanking on the runs where I bring my druid. One of my groups recently fell apart, and I decided to move my pally over to play the tanking game this week when I usually bear tank and got to play Boomkin on an alt run. With no set bonus (I was wearing a mix of resto set pieces and offset gear that I got by default because the resto druid didn't need them) I was pulling pretty decent dps. 24k single target, though not at the top of the charts, I would not consider it bad, especially considering my item level was only 362. How did I achieve this? Well after doing only 18k dps on shannox when trying to play the eclipse game I decided to say screw it and just played my rotation. I did of coarse still pay attention to my eclipse bar and recast sunfire/moonfire when getting into the eclipse state, but I completely ignored the "wait 3 more casts before refreshing dots cause I will be in a solar eclipse" game. I refreshed my dots as they were expiring and as soon as the eclipse hit I clipped them and recast them again. I also didn't worry about being in the propper eclipse state to use my starfall, nor did I wait for an eclipse to use my trinkets. I popped everything on cooldown during every fight and wound up doing just fine.The theorycrafting and simcharts may put the whole waiting game ahead on the charts, and if you're doing good dps while doing this I'm by no means saying you should stop, but to encourage the average player to do this is a bad idea. Its a complicated game and more often than not people will make a mistake while playing the eclipse game and wind up being below average on the charts when they could be doing just fine by simply switching their filler spell appropriately for the eclipse they are currently in which is far simpler.As for AoE, I don't see why eclipse matters... during Beth I solod the spiderlings, and during Rhyloth was getting yelled at for taking all the AoE away from the lock from the fragment spawns and I wasn't in an eclipse state until the burn phase for either fight. Would I have pulled bigger numbers if I played the bar? Possibly, but I would have also been focusing on my bar and slower to react to add spawns and ill take a few thousand less damage over spiderlings making it to the drone because I'm trying to beef the meters any day of the week.
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