Yesterday was a fun filled adventure in fail mage dps. I didn’t do too too bad according to Dily. Of course with him he then went on to tell me all about the tier gear and which would be better for me here and there etc. I had to stop him because I just wont remember it. I am not the best when it comes to gear. I can’t grind for hours/days/weeks/months for a shiny new piece of gear. As long as the character I choose to raid with is geared for the encounter we are raiding, I am good. Right now both of my raiders (Millea & Tatia) are geared for TotC. Millea is geared for 10 man and Tatia is geared for 25 man. We are running 10 man regular. I am perfectly fine for what we are raiding. When we decide we want to move further along, I will get the appropriate gear then. I don’t need to be fully geared out in 245 ilvl gear on every toon to be happy. Is that not putting the optimal amount of dps or hps out there? Probably, but then that is why I am not in a hardcore raiding guild. We take raiding seriously, but we aren’t going to tell you to spec a certain way or squeeze out every last drop of dps that you can by turning yourself into a machine. I can hold my own when I dps. I might not always be #1, but I am usually up in the top 3. When I heal, we usually stay alive. Although I don’t know if that is because of the other healers in the group or if we just all work so well together that we have less deaths. Couldn’t tell you.
I got into it a bit yesterday with Dark/Soth over at Clearcasting and I agree with some of his points but I also think that his mentality is what a lot of people have now. Since so much better gear is now available sooner, everyone should be maxing out on their dps and there should be no such thing as a learning curve. I call bullshit right there. The VAST majority of the people playing don’t hit 80 with an entire set of epics waiting for them complete with a rotation that they have down pat. I know not everyone does the regular dungeons before they hit the heroics, even though they should. Most people are content to have their guildies carry them through Naxx to get them geared out to do chain heroics. I don’t want to be “that guy” so I went the PuG route. I did the regular dungeons until I got better gear then I started on heroics. I am following the natural chain of progression. Since I am doing that, I WONT BE DOING 2K DPS RIGHT OUT THE DOOR. I am sorry but it just doesn’t work that way. As I do instances more and get a piece of gear here and there, my dps slowly climbs. Hell I managed to pull off 2k dps overall in Heroic VH with my guild. I did around 1700 on each boss. I was ecstatic. Then we went to the next instance and I was fail dps all over again. It happens.
I only hit 80 on my mage on Sunday early evening. While I have been doing a bunch of heroics, I haven’t been sitting there doing nothing but. I don’t have a ton of badges. On Monday I got my first piece of badge gear, an ilvl 200 off-hand that has hit on it. I had 29 badges and I was able to get that with 25. I went and got the rep weapon from Kirin Tor and I was finally able to lose my heirloom staff. I was EXCITED when I did this. I was so happy to get those two items you would have thought that I had gotten a legendary weapon. I ran heroic VH on Monday night. I walked away with three upgrades. I swear I was floating I was so thrilled. Yesterday I found I had 31 badges, so what did I do? I went and got myself tier 9 shoulders. Why did I do that? Well having already leveled a clothie I know that shoulder upgrades are for shit until you raid. The best shoulders I had on my warlock were the ones that drop in heroic CoS. I had those shoulders for almost a whole year. When we did raid Naxx and I got to go on my warlock, the T7 shoulders never dropped for me. I had to wait until I could save up 30 triumph badges when I could only get 2 a day in order to upgrade my shoulders. Even then it took forever because my guild needed me to heal, so Millea got benched. My getting those shoulders was a big deal. I am not quite ready to see if I want to get this tier set or that tier bonus, I just wanted to get the biggest gear hurdle knocked down. I am not sure I explained that to Dily correctly.
One of the cool things from last night was I got randomly put into a PuG group with Trixy, Heleva’s tank. She had been telling us in vent and gchat how she had made this macro for when she tanks PuGs. The next thing I knew I was in a heroic AN and her macro was being posted in party chat. We laughed in vent that we got put into the same group and she told me that I now had blog fodder. Yeah I kind of do ^_^
That run was a piece of work >.>
The highest geared toon was the DK dpser. Then Trixy, then me (fail right there if that tells you anything) the pally healer and then the rogue. The rogue was still in mostly greens and some quest blues. Considering that, he actually didn’t do too badly on his dps. I don’t know if the pally was just new to healing, if his gear was the reason, or something else, but he had a hell of a time keeping us all healed. He was really bad about keeping the poisons off us. Especially that leeching poison the 2nd boss does that heals her. I died on the first pulls in the room with the first boss, then he wasn’t making any move to rez me. I died trying to save him and he couldn’t be arsed to rez me. It took Trixy running over to try to rez me with the army knife before the pally figured out I was dead. >.> *sigh* I actually won Essence of Gossamer which I thought was hilarious. So many tanks ran that instance over and over again to get that trinket, and here I am on my mage and I win it. I laughed a lot.
We ended up doing heroic Nexus next and when Trixy popped up her macro the healer started laughing. Said they couldn’t kick her because they had to wait 5 mins. They were a pretty cool group of people, who might not have been had she not posted that. There was a moment of “oh shit” when the hunter targeted the rift and pulled the whole group. He was all “When the hell did that change!?” Trixy replied “2 patches ago.” Yeah I laughed again. I think I was the only death, as per usual. Totally wasn’t my fault though. We were on the 4th boss and just as I started to move away from the spikes, he rooted me into place and I died instantly. *sigh* fail mage. Trixy was all “why didn’t you blink or ice block?” Well it happened too quickly for me to react, and I just didn’t think to use those abilities at that time. When the spikes come, you move. I think I need to move my “oh shit” buttons around. I did manage to get the achievement off the final boss though. That was awesome. I’ve only ever gotten it on my druid because she can shapeshift to get out of the ice. I love being a human .
I’d like to think that once I get used to doing instances on my mage that I will stop being such a fail dpser. I noticed that over the course of the evening I got progressively better. Dily and I were talking about that and he wanted to know if I thought it was the upgrades or if I just fixed my rotation. I honestly think it was me getting better with my rotation. Considering I normally play an affliction warlock, you would think I wouldn’t have a problem with keeping my mage DoTs up, but apparently I do. I am REALLY bad about making sure living bomb is always up. I am bad about clipping fireball when I get a hot streak and scorch falls off before I realize it. I know there are add-ons I can get that will help me keep everything in line, but frankly I don’t want to rely on an add-on to tell me how to play. It will take practice, and I need to do it. I haven’t had an opportunity to hit up a training dummy as of yet, but I will soon. I like to use the ones in Darn. No one is ever there. I am not sure where the ones in the Exodar are, but that place just confuses me so I avoid it when I can. All the bright lights from the crystals make it difficult for me to see stuff.
Hopefully soon I won’t be as much as a fail mage as I am now. Keep your fingers crossed. ^_^