Feb 10th 2012 4:19AM Yes, the alternate rotation for t13 4pc is a modest damage gain (about 1-2k dps). I'm not aware of any other current gear setups that alter the rotation.
Feb 3rd 2012 9:51AM It always amuses me when someone barely breaking 20k DPS makes fun of someone else while ignoring the fact that I'm doing ~40k in the same run. This doesn't happen often, but it has happened more than once.
Jan 31st 2012 5:00PM Xaklo Jan 31st 2012 3:36AM
"About the Elitest bullies: anyone else fell like you're getting "gated" from gear by this jerks? What I mean is that they come in with their heroic gear and still roll need on EVERY PIECE OF LOOT, whether just to troll everyone else or to vendor it, they are purposefully preventing under geared players from getting the loot they need. It feels like I've been running raid finder forever just for a trinket, only to have it ninja'd week after week in better geared players."
Firstly, trinkets are scarce enough that for many normal/heroic raiders, the raid finder trinkets are still an upgrade.
Second, even if any specific normal/heroic raider never queued, you would still have someone rolling need on the majority of eligible loot in that slot of the raid. Non-raiders take loot too.
Jan 22nd 2012 2:15PM If your guild is clearing normal-mode Madness, then you have a real shot at Sinestra. Inflated gear levels have left that fight on par with current early-heroic bosses.
Jan 20th 2012 2:23AM @Masarah Jan 18th 2012 11:03PM
"The purpose of LFR is to allow those who aren't in a position to do traditional raiding to still see content. Its tuned at an easier level to compensate for the fact that a random group of 25 people doesn't work as well together as a guild group."
...or perhaps the fact that because it's anonymous, no one feels the need to work well as individuals, either. 15k dps is the best 10 people in every raid can do, wearing at least 372 ilvl? Yeah, right.
Jan 20th 2012 2:09AM If this is about normal mode, then why is heroic being nerfed too?
Jan 16th 2012 4:32PM How to keep your "DPS" happy:
(Editor's note: "DPS" is not the same as DPS. DPS actually do damage. Also, sarcasm intended.)
1. Be prepared to carry them.
This is the big one. Most groups consist of 0-2 DPS, and 1-3 "DPS", and the "DPS" want to be carried. If you can't carry 3 "DPS", then you need better gear. You should get full raid gear, and a healer with the same before queuing for 5man dungeons. No one wants to wipe.
2. Don't berate them for low DPS.
"DPS" don't want to hear about how they're doing low DPS; that's what the DPS are for. Telling a "DPS" to do more damage is like telling a healer to tank the mobs better.
3. If the group dissolves, vote kick them before you leave.
"DPS" frequently have to deal with a group falling apart, and their queues are really long! Don't make them suffer a 15 minute wait before they can even queue up again; they need to queue a lot of times so they maximize their chances of being carried.
4. Give the "DPS" a battle rez.
If they're not AFK, then the "DPS" wants to be entertained. And being dead isn't entertaining. That's why it's your job to heal them through everything so they can keep auto-attack turned on while facing the wrong way. And when you can't, it's your responsibility to battle rez them. Especially if you're a class that doesn't have one. Why aren't you an engineer? The "DPS" is! Of course they don't know that jumper cables only work outside of combat. (And fail more often than their owner.)
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Dec 22nd 2011 6:31AM The good news is, the pressure to farm LFR for loot is slowly diminishing. As we gain more and more Dragon Soul loot, we have fewer and fewer slots that could be replaced with Raid Finder gear. I eagerly await the first week where one of the two LFR halves is truly optional for me.
Dec 22nd 2011 6:26AM I have three complaints with regards to the Raid Finder.
Firstly, I feel there's a pressure to run Raid Finder each and every week for the potential gear rewards. Every little bit helps, and the difference made by everyone having their RF gear from the previous 4 weeks could decide between another wipe night and downing a new boss and celebrating with the guild. I don't like feeling pressured to run Raid Finder in addition to the guild raids. I wish RF shared a loot-lock with regular/heroic.
Secondly, due to the above, I see the fights through before we get a chance to head in "for real". I dislike watching encounter videos before attempting a boss, and running it on Raid Finder first is even more dissatisfying for me. If I didn't feel pressured to farm RF for loot, I wouldn't have this problem, so again, I wish RF shared a loot-lock with regular/heroic.
Lastly, I wish it had a 10-man mode. I imagine some time in the future I may be on a tighter or more erratic schedule, or simply lose interest in organized raiding. At that point, I would probably want to visit the Raid Finder. The thing is, 25mans run at a sub-1.0 FPS on my machine. Raiding at below a frame per second is very irritating. I wish we could queue for 10man RF runs.