Today I am going to compare the DPS capacity of an arcane mage with Tier 5 compared to one without.
First off, the set bonus from having two pieces of the Tier 5 magey gear increases the damage dealt by Arcane Blast by 20%.
So let’s have a looksie at some math, kk? We’re going to do 50/0/11 arcane/IV spec.
(Assuming 550 base Intellect, hit capped, crit rating of 200, and + damage of 1k for each school. Essentially rough approximations of where mages would be at given average Tier 5 content)
For this DPS test, we will use this spell rotation: Arcane Blastx3, Arcane Missiles, and then a frostbolt. Starting the next Arcane Blast timed just so to get the minimum cast time, and ending the spell at the end of the rotation to get minimum mana cost at well.
DPS without Tier 5 set bonus : 919.56.
(If we blow all cooldowns and simply spam Arcane Blast, and mana be damned, we achieve a maximum DPS of 1631.35. We can only keep it up for about 15 seconds, but there ya go)
Now, if we get two pieces of Tier 5
DPS with Tier 5 set bonus: 1008.70
(Again, if we blow all cooldowns and simply spam Arcane Blast, and mana be damned, we can achieve a max DPS of 1957.62. Again, we can only do that for about 15 seconds)
So. If we get two pieces of Tier 5, thats a DPS increase of 9%.
9 Bloody percent. That is incredibly huge.
If the number doesn’t seem that big, consider that if you simply spam Arcane Blast, you’re looking at a DPS increase of, in essence, 20%. (Math shows 17%, but that is still huge).
Consider that with icy Veins in the game, that a ton of mages will be dumping eleven points into Frost for, essentially, a 3% DPS increase.
Jumping that number by 9% is just absolutely incredible. You simply cannot say no to that.
Or can you?
Comparing Arcane/IV DPS to Fire/IV DPS, considering Tier 5. Let’s see what happens.
And for shits and giggles, lets assume you have The Lightning Capacitor.
Arcane/IV DPS: 1068.97
Fire/IV DPS: 1130.15
Why is fire still ahead of the game by 5.5%?
Simple. Fire mages have Molten Fury.