So there has been a Healing survey flying around, then there was the Tanking survey. Well the DPS survey finally broke through the clouds and I thought that digging as deep into Boomkin DPS as I have since Wrath launched that putting in my own 2copper wouldn’t be farfetched. So here goes nothing:
What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps?
Fealen, Druid and I run a 58/0/13 Boomkin Raid spec
What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
I do raid 3-4 times a week and occasionally I fill a heroic slot. Mostly it’s 10/25-mans
What is your favorite dps spell/ability for your class and why?
I love Force of Nature. The spell name sounds like something Mother Nature would send to stop earth from being destroyed. Plus treants have the coolest death animation in the entire game.
What dps spell do you use least for your class and why?
Currently being spec’d out of it, Typhoon, I see no use for it in 10/25man environment so far. Even glyphing it and using it for NG proc’s seems a little wasteful.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why?
Utility, utility, utility……and mobility. Even thou we carry the hybrid tax I still feel on gimp on DPS is justified seeing as I have 3 other forms I can change into with the click of a button. One comes with a stun (Bear), one has a 40% speed increase (Travel) and Dash in kitty form has saved me on FC countless times. Plus I have can rez someone in combat and feed mana to healer with the click of a button.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why?
In 10/25man raiding our weaknesses don’t really appear. Slip a raid spec boomkin into a heroic and our flaws come out. These days everyone is so geared that mobs die before my first wrath is cast sometimes when in a melee heavy group. Instantaneous burst damage is not our cup of tea. Sure not casting dot’s is an option but muscle memory keeps me from doing so.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you?
Stick me on one target from the beginning to end. Boomkin’s have awesome damge increases the longer they fight something, where has taking the time to dot up and start casting on one mob than another gimps us a bit.
What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why?
I love Mages! FM is a a god send. Ele shamans are also a DPS increase, and they have BL/Hero which makes my numbers go up and up. Warlocks are nice too, CoE helps quite a bit.
What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why?
Melee…..they have instant DPS on the boss so when damage overall is posted they have some top spots if the fight was long. Plus I waste a lot of Brezzes on melee only to have a healer/tank die a minute after and the raid leader than feels like an idiot for telling me to rez the melee. STAY OUT OF FIRE MELEE!
What is your worst habit as a dps?
Getting so riled up with “move out of fire” and “You have aggro!” (only on FC) that I always forget Eclipse/Moon procs and on long fights I constantly forget to reapply IFF so I start missing and than /facepalm.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing?
I get frustrated because I can’t understand why people can’t see fire, or Icehowl staring them down. Just in general I can’t stand people who don’t understand basic mechanics to keep themselves alive, are people virtual emo’s with intent on suicide? << Heated subject for me!
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps?
We are on par with where we are suppose to be. I shouldn’t be topping the charts, but I can understand that with all the other things I can do to keep myself alive or help the raid.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a dps’er?
Recount is all I use. I compare it to other Boomkins in our raid or I have a nice little circle of friends on the server in which all we do is sputter numbers around. If the raid leader isn’t picking on me than I believe I’m performing within the benchmarks I need to be.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
That Rebirth is theirs when their corpse is laying under the boss cause they blew all CD’s before the tank had established threat, that and everyone seems to believe Rebirth is always up! Plus apparently Boomkins once spec’d into the moonkin form lose ALL their healing spells. Yea….heard that one before.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn?
Understanding the timing of Eclipse/Solar procs, and the time and place for Trees/starfall. What is also a hassle sometimes is making sure all your dots are up in a sit-and-cast environment.
What dps class do you feel you understand least?
Warlocks…….I just don’t get their DPS rotations and I can’t understand how one fight they can be 6k and the next week on the same fight only be 4k. They confuse me cause I never see a real rotation on them, like I always cast Wrath or SF depending on the proc…..I’ve seen ‘locks use 5-6 spells in a 20sec window without rhyhme and reason (that I could come up with).
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps?
I recently installed Xperl for better targeting/debuff awareness, and I got bartender to make my button layout more user-firendly for myself. I plan on getting SqwakandAwe or power auras depending on which one works better for me when I do a trial with it.
What stat to stack, and why?
I love shooting for +Haste gear first, than looking for +Crit. Spell power is a stat that just comes naturally with the other 2 stats.
Did alot of rearanging of Fealen’s UI the last couple days, I’ll try to get a post up about it here shortly in the days coming.
Revenged did an awesome job last night of blowing some achievements down in Ony10 and ToC10. Tonight is the 25man (if I remember right) so hopefully my back piece drops or I’ll get my trophy on FC. The trinket on Anub seems a little out of reach until we get more gear and people learn to listen.
Peace out! For the Horde!