Monday, October 31, 2011

A New Week

With the start of a new (calendar) week, I get to ponder the possibility of the new raid lockout. As I previously mentioned, I only really raid once a week. Every Tuesday I get to go in with our 10 man group to kill the first six Firelands bosses. This week it’s looking like I’m going to be in more of a DPS role. Using three healers on basically any of the first six (or seven if you’d ask me) bosses is a joke. Our disc priest ends up smite healing most of the time if I don’t go DPS. On the whole Cereal Killers has a very strong healing roster, so I’m always excited when three of us show up on a Tuesday.
Ret DPS isn’t terribly entertaining, but it’s a nice change of pace from healing. Whether or not I feel ret is broken is a bit up in the air. This is mostly because I don’t do damage in raid all the time. Our ten man group typically averages DPS numbers around 20k for most fights, some higher, some lower. Jack can definitely keep up with that. I’m still sporting two pieces of t11 since breaking it up will mean -10% damage from TV. The sum total of the fights I’ve actually been a button masher on can easily fit on one hand. So far my best contribution is a 22k Baleroc kill. That seems decent to me. I’m in a handful of offset pieces from FL, with a 378 weapon. I still have the ZA shoulders and a couple of Molten Front epics. Hopefully I’ll be able to best that number this week.
I AM looking forward to the upcoming ret changes. A lot of people (read: PVP’rs) cried when the crit chance bonus to HoW was removed from Avenging Wrath, but I’m not too worried. Apparently they’re making judgments hit harder, and that along with the passive band aid attack power fix for melee should be a distinct quality of life improvement. The AW nerf will reduce our execute-phase DPS a bit, but the other buffs should compensate for that as well. For my AW/Zealotry burn phase it was always pretty awkward trying to weave hammer of wrath into the equation anyway. I could more or less count on ignoring it if heroism was up. As is, ret is too reliant on procs and our rotation is clunky as hell. Hopefully the incoming changes will smooth things out for us. I for one don’t really like doing 90% of my paladin’s dps on my ilevel 358 geared warrior alt either, so I’m welcoming a buff.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to a new week of potential FL drops. Hopefully some of the bosses will stop being so stingy with the plate DPS gear. Also, although I don’t like Mastery, I’d like Beth’Tilac to drop my t12 look-alike shoulders. We roll with too many paladin/priest/warlock players for me to even dream of getting the tier token. Out of the six or so Majordomo kills I’ve been in raid for, only one PPW token has dropped anyway, and our main tank got that one. I’m semi-optimistic still. A new raid lockout is full of possibilities.
P.s. I posted this at work from my phone. Ignore any failures herein.

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