I Beat WoW
Last night’s flex was quite a run. As usual, my new in-game buddy set up the run and lead a group of rag-tag players through the Siege of Orgrimmar with a handful of his guildies bracing their backs and shoulders from all the carrying they were doing. We had no legitimate (as in not a trash mispull from a new tank) wipes in the first three wings and only one wipe pre-Garrosh on Siegecrafter, which was clearly a “learning curve” wipe that was not repeated. We had a automated robot thing come up right as the magnet stole all the blades away, and we failed to down it before it AoE’d us to death.
Garrosh, though, even in flex was a serious fight, and a fun one. It reminded me a good deal of Lich King in the amount of movement from defile, being pulled into different zones, add management, and so forth. It was nicely complicated, and even though we wiped on it repeatedly, we did better each time until we downed him. Even my hardcore raider buddy said he was nicely surprised that Garrosh wasn’t a pushover.
So that’s it; I beat WoW. I’m happy!
Ah, if only it were so simple.
There was a drawback, though, something that was niggling at me all night. When I raid with my buddy’s guildmates, I know I’m going to stink – in a relative way. I’ll do okay, but in comparison to his friends, I’ll always be at the bottom of the dps meter. The time he took me to a heroic pull of Tsulong, there were people legitimately tripling my dps (“He was cheating by multi-dotting,” I was told, but a sustained 300k is 300k no matter how you did it). That’s really not a blow to my ego, though; these are serious players, and I’m a sightseer in their raids.
But last night it was a group of openraid PuGs, and I was still kind of stinking it up. I’m at a pretty comfortable gear level – 531 – so I suspect I should be doing much better. I’m not dedicated enough to download a spreadsheet and figure out my max dps, but it must be better than I’m putting out. I was doing well with my cooldowns, too, and my totem and shock uptime, which I do sometimes have trouble with, but overall, I was still in the bottom 25% of damage done. I was right above the tank (though there were a few dps below him).
On top of that, a lot of my dps was inflated because there’s so much AoE in there, at which, of course, elemental shaman shine, so it’s hard to accurately gauge what I’m really doing when the first 1/3rd of the Garrosh fight I just spam chain lightning and am usually hitting 3 or more targets (and, to be fair, I don’t spam it when there’s only 1 or 2 targets; I know my proper rotation).
So I’m not sure. I was very happy with my dps when my gear level was low, but now I feel like I’m hitting a wall as I did with fire mage, when I could do okay, but knew I wasn’t above whatever “average” benchmark was out there.
That’s not to say I’m discouraged; I’m moving servers to join my buddy’s guild and have already put feelers out there to find someone who can help review my play and provide some feedback. Now I just need to brace myself in case that feedback is worse than I expect it to be.
So, we’ll see. The pally’s staying put for now; there’s no reason to move a blacksmith, but I’ve also considered moving a cadré over to give myself an enchanter and a gemcutter to supplement my play, since every mediocre upgrade costs me about 500g.
Also, that druid I previously mentioned was late because she was – pshaw – doing work for her doctorate. PRIORITIES, PEOPLE!
Stubborn (Winner of WoW – that should be a title)