One of the great mysteries when working on a dps set is how much dps should you be doing in your current gear versus what you’re actually doing. It’s so easy to say that you should do X or Y dps when in fact your current gear only allows you to reach Z. For the past few days this has been the question that I’ve obsessed over. It helps a lot to figure this out so you know where to focus your attentions as far as dps gains goes.
So I’ve been using Rawr and a little site I found called MrRobot so I could have more than one reference. I really like MrRobot since I don’t have to install a full program but sadly it’s not ready for every class yet.
So how did I do? As of yesterday I’ve been averaging 4550 to 4600dps on dummies during 3 minutes fights using only self-buffs. According to both MrRobot and Rawr my max dps with my current gear and spec in the same conditions should be 4650 to 4690dps. I’m short of around a 100dps from the theoretical maximum, meaning I have a 97% efficiency. According to raid and ICC buffs I could be anywhere between 7 and 9k dps on a static fight like Festergut. I’d be real excited to do 9k on Festergut but my experience tells me that 7k is probably the realist number here. Anyway, I’m really suspicious of raid numbers until I actually try this in raids.
Of course, this is me vs a dummy wich isn’t exactly a real fight where there’s movement, resistance, multiple targets, etc… I’m pretty sure I won’t be keeping a 97% efficiency during a raid boss fight, especially since I havent done a lot of ICC as a dps but I do believe I can get at least 90%. The important point I get from all this however is that I got the basic rotation down and I’m now reaching the limits of my gear and spec. There’s certainly some gains I can get by messing around with my spec but from now on my dps increases will mainly come from gear.
In many ways I’m disappointed I’ve only now gone through all this. Figuring out exactly where someone can gain performance isn’t exactly an easy job as often a little detail can throw everything off. Had I done this before when I was raid leading I could probably have helped a lot better some of our dps by focusing on the right areas instead of just averaging their performances with other, similar (but not the same) members of their class.
Anyway, that’s a big stress gone now. I know I’m pressing the right buttons so now it will come to not forget everything and just mash the keyboard in the next raid!