Did you have a theorycraft suit? I had a theorycraft suit! Check me out:
Ugly, yes? It’s not supposed to win a beauty contest.
My theory suit landed me (buffed) at 500 intellect, 500 spell damage, and 20% critical strike chance. Just some nice, flat numbers. Then, go pay Dr. Boom a visit, and shoot spells at him until there is no more mana to spare. And then use a WWS report to peruse numbers and see what’s up.
For instance, the old school raiding frost spec (that would be 10/0/51, for those who already forgot), chain cast frostbolt, using icy veins once, and you get this!
- DPS: 685. Total damage dealt: 39 751
Yay! Wasn’t that fun?
If only everyone could do that!
Whelp, goodbye, theorycraft suit, hello Target Dummy. /vendors theory suit
Remember the old “SS or it didn’t happen”? Meet the new adage, “TDT or it didn’t happen”.
Target Dummy Test, indeed.
“I did 3000 DPS!” Prove it.
“No matter how hard I try, I can’t beat that damn hunter!” Prove it.
Find your flaws. Find why you suck. Or rock. The dummies are there, standing around, waiting only for you to go beat the tar out of them.
Grab your favorite boomkin buddy and go to town. See what happens. Bring your best gear, bring your friends, watch pretty numbers for a while.
It’s theorycraft in it’s most basic form. Standing there, casting spells, observing what happens.
Ahh, science! And it’s science everyone can do!
To be blunt, you should practice your rotation on these dummies long before you ever step foot into an actual raid in Wrath.
Practice AoE. Simulate movement fights by running around every twenty seconds. Have people in your guild shout random numbers at you. Every odd number, stop casting and move to a new spot. Switch to another Dummy every 30 seconds and cast at it for 20 seconds, then switch back.
And through that all, work to keep your DPS as high as possible.
The goal here is to learn to play. Learn the limits of your class through first hand experience. Learn how much strain your mana pool can take. Learn what you’re lasting power is, then grab a shadow priest and do it again.
The point is that when you actually go into a raid scenario, you already know the basics of your class.
You can do your rotation while drunk, herbed, and blindfolded.
You already know how far you can push your AoE potential.
You already know how to adapt your DPS to movement situations and target swaps, or throttle it when mana is tight.
You don’t need to “L2P” once you’re in a raid. You should already know. That way, during a raid, you’re learning how the raid works, how the individual encounters work; and that will save everyone a hell of a lot of time.