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Bert asked: so for 3.0.2, what do you reckon to be the weapon speed of choice? since maelstrom weap deals 25% xtra dmg for OH, when imbued with FW, I was thinking of using a faster OH (i got bad mojo dagger and swiftsteel bludgeon)
Bert, the Slow/Slow WF/WF is still shown to be better than the Slow/Fast WF/FT combo, even with the extra damage for MW. It’s only between 2-5% better according to my theorycrafting and what I’ve read of others. 2-5% is really splitting hairs at some levels, especially now in World of Nerfcraft. But at an end-game raiding level where wipes at 1% on bosses are as common as Warriors whirlwinding sheeps that 2-5% extra DPS can make the difference. If I were you I’d hang on to that dagger and the bludgeon in case they want to make Fast/FT the ideal OH combo. But for now if that 2-5% makes a difference then I’d go with Slow/Slow WF/WF. If it doesn’t make that much of a difference then have fun with it!
Jaron (Azjol-Nerub) adds: Right now I have my enhance shammy specced w/ full pts in static shock and imp shields. I don't fool with Lava Lash at all at 70. Is Elem-Dev really that much better? I'm playing with EnhSim and not seeing much difference. I pvp enough to enjoy the better LS (especially with the glyph!).
The thing with Ele Dev that people love is the synergy it creates between melee and casting—which is the essence of Enhance right now. Since we cast a spell on every GCD (well, except when SS is available) Ele Dev should proc regularly and should have an uptime between 35% and 40%. That’s a 9% increase to Crit 40% of the time. It’s like Sex Panther by Odeon “60% of the time it works every time.” Ele Dev isn’t made with bits of real panther, but it is damn fine.
As for Ele Dev vs Static Shock, what is the difference that you are seeing Jaron? I’m a hardcore min-maxer so I obsess over squeezing every last drop of dps out of my Stoneybaby. I also believe raiders have a responsibility to their fellow guildmates to maximize their potential. If it comes down to 5% difference or less, that could be negligible for some but not for me. If you’re talking 10% difference in DPS then I can’t condone that.
Ultimately it comes down having fun playing your class. And I do really want to try out the Static Shock. I was just saying last night that I haven’t PvP’d on Stoney since August and I want to get back to it. That 0/61/0 spec you have Jaron is exactly one of the ones I’ve been eyeing! I’m considering yours and 5/56/0. What do you think of those? Maybe this weekend I’ll respect and glyph it up and see how it goes.
Finally, keep the comments coming. I appreciate the input and I want to know what’s working for you. I’ll keep you informed of my findings (new EnhSim is up btw and my armory profile is finally updated) and if you find a spec/gear/chant/gem combo that’s really singing for you in PvE or PvP post us a link to your armory and details on what’s working for you
Thanks again and stay tuned for more!