Yesterday as I was prepping for our raid a fellow Enhance Shaman pinged me and asked me what was my AP & Crit%. I get these random pings every so often as I'm pretty well geared--probably geared ahead of my guild's progression level thanks to lots of hard work collecting badges. I replied I'm at 1562 AP and 29.65% crit, to which he replied that he is at similar levels. He asked for some suggestions on gearing so we found each other outside of the Aldor bank and like two dogs sniffing each other's privates we started inspecting one another.
I have a helpful inspection mod that summarizes the target player's key stats so I quickly noticed he was at 140+ hit rating. As we were comparing notes he told me I should get more hit as I am currently at 113. As an aside, I don't know how one goes from asking advice to doling it out, but that's not the point here. As I've read there is no magic number of hit for shamans, we get a good deal of it from Nature's Guidance
but in truth I would be sacrificing something in AP, crit, or my new favorite: haste. I'm in no rush to start stacking hit; as long as my miss % stays around 10% during 25man raids I'm happy.
Next we launched into a quick discussion about dps in raids. For some reason I was overcome with a brief moment of modesty--I don't know what hit me!--and said my raid DPS is somewhere in the 800+ range, topping out at 1000 on good nights. And like all good random people in WoW I was immediately one-upped with a "oh well I top out at 1200 and am usually around 1000 dps. Yeah, you need more +hit." OK, now he's gone from asking advice, to doling out bad advice and lousy oneupmanship.
Despite being put off it got me thinking, what is my damage like? I went back to some recent WWS summaries
and realized I was being quite modest--and also talking about overall sustained DPS, and not a flash of Heroism-inspired burst damage. Here's a few snippets of damage in both 10 and 25 man raids:SSC - 4 boss power clear night
ZA - 4 bosses down, took in some guildies for a gearing run
- 1,041 DPS overall on the night
- 9% of total raid damage, 2nd in damage meters
- 1,254 DPS sustained throughout the Karathress fight!
- 12.8% miss--wow that was higher than I thought
- 44% of my damage was from white swings, 27% from Windfury, with 36% and 38% of those two being crit strikes, respectively
Gruul/Mags Night - another gearing run for some that still need T4
- 767 DPS overall on the night
- DPS during boss fights was mostly 970+, though Jan'alai I do significantly less because I'm killing one of or both of the hatchers
- White damage was 45% of my total, with 37% of that crit and only 10% miss
- Windfury was 29% of total damage and 35% of that crit
- Only 885 dps, 2nd in the raid right behind our main s-priest
- But that low overall DPS number is to be expected consider all the running around in the HK and Gruul fights
- 968 was my best dps against Mags.
- Overall white damage was 47% to total, with only 31% crit and and 13.9% missed
- Windfury was higher with 30% to total damage but yet only 28% of that critting.
I think that last bullet is the most interesting. Windfury contributed 30% to total damage which was the highest of the three examples given, but yet it was the lowest crit of the three. What this means is that I was landing more Windfury's off my main hand than my off hand. Now given that my gear was the same on both nights, I wonder what else is at work here? Is it the Blizzard RNG
at work, or is there some way to time my shocks and stormstrikes...? Anyone have any thoughts about this?
But overall, it just goes to show at even at 113 hit rating I more than make up for the misses with increased damage. Though I still might go to Yo's Simulator
to and try to tweak my raid gear choices a bit for Monday's raid.
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