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Squeezing the DPS

There’s a very interesting player spotlight today on Kripparrian of Exodus EU on World of Raids. He talks a lot about using Auto Shot effectively while on the move, forcing the internal cooldowns on trinkets to proc early so they’re ready later for Bloodlust/Heroism, basically, how to move out of the shit without dying, and still being very high damage. The build he uses doesn’t include Improved Arcane Shot, which allows him to take it out of his rotation, using it as a filler shot on the move, basically it’s the Marksman build for those with very good gear and a lot of Armor Pen.

It got me to thinking, do I make use of my cooldowns and shots enough when I do raid? Am I really as effective with my movement in fights as I think I am? Looking at this, I will admit that I probably don’t. I never got round to learning the Jump Shot technique to let out a few more auto shots, I use Disengage but probably not enough, I forget to use Multi-Shot instead of Aimed on multiple targets, purely because I guess I’m lazy, but it’s time I picked myself up and sorted it out.

If I can manage about 6k DPS on Lord Jaraxxus 25, in a pug, that’s okay, I was proud of that, but what if I can squeeze more? I’ve been picking at my spec and glyphs for weeks, and at some point I need to decide whether to get my Armor Pen up a bit with gems or try to get more from gear. I’ve been checking a few people on WoW Meter Online, and many of them have specced into Focused Aim, which I suppose on fights like Anub’erak is very useful if you’re using Steady Shot a lot more. I’m currently sat on about 70% Armor Pen, so at the moment, I think I will give this spec a try and see how that goes.

I will say one thing though, aside from a few threat issues, I have noticed a nice DPS increase since I specced MM, and I am enjoying it about as much as I enjoyed Survival. Also, I’m not a complete min-maxer, there’s a part of me which would love to spec Jewelcrafting and Blacksmithing or even Engineering, but I’ve always been a Skinner and Leatherworker and I have an attachment to those professions, I don’t like to reroll professions unless I find one to be particularly useless. I like to pick up rare patterns, and I have picked up a few Ulduar/Trial patterns, I like finding Arctic Furs when I’m grinding, would suck to lose that. Hey ho, here’s to some more DPS squeezing.


Casual Play

I made a decision that if I end up playing WoW, it will be as a casual, no more proper guild raiding for me. If this happens I’ll end up achievement farming and I really am tempted to go for ‘The Insane’ … I don’t know why but I really want to do it. My priest farmed pirates outside of Booty Bay so much that she was revered with every Goblin faction… which put me off going for Bloodsail Buccaneer rep. However, Fae has only touched the Goblin stuff that she used to level with sooo.. if I’m feeling really crazy I might just do it.

Another thing about being a casual I remembered is not having any use for min maxing anymore! Woohoo. First thing I did was head to the North of Winterspring, and there was my little rare kitty wandering around. He became an ice cube, and can now be seen following me around going by the name of ‘NomNom’. Yay. Never really liked wolves. Suppose I’ll get Shifter out if I ever get into a 10 man or something for the extra DPS but otherwise he’ll be gathering dust…

You know my stable is so full I couldn’t tame another pet. Got my turtle for soloing, sporebat for PvP, bear for the sentimental value (first pet, effort, blabla), wolf and now cat.


I don’t really have much to report today, got into a 10 man hard mode guild group… interesting night to say the least. I picked myself up the LW pattern for the mail belt, the Runestone and the hard mode General cloak. So, spent quite a while making use of the little table over at the EAP post on Warcraft Hunter’s Union. (HINT: Click the link.) It’s a great post, really helps you to work out what’s better between items, and gems, socket bonus-wise, and such. If you like to min-max and want to know these things, use it.

Oh and aside from this, being my first real Ulduar 10 / hard mode group on my hunter, many achievements were had :P