If I ever remember to log off in my raid gear again, those of you who actively stalk my armory to see what I’m up to (and I know you’re out there!) will note that I have forsaken spellpower gems in favor of haste gems.
Shock! Le gasp! I know, eh? (Canadians do not say “I know right?”)
The reasoning is actually very simple. Fact is, there is no appreciable difference between spellpower gems and haste gems.
Well, there is, slightly. An epic +23 spellpower gem will grant me 29 DPS, whereas an epic +20 haste gem will grant me 28 DPS.
To me, a difference of one DPS is just far too small for me to give a damn, especially considering that stacking haste gems is infinitely more fun. It’s invigorating, it’s exciting. Arcane Blast has a base cast time of 1.9 seconds, and it feels absolutely out of control. In a good way.
Have you ever been on a really fast roller coaster? Think of the surge of adrenaline when you aren’t really doing anything complicated, just roaring along the track as fast as you can go. Unstoppable, relentless speed. I suspect driving a car real fast evokes a similar feeling.
That’s what playing arcane feels like with 700+ haste. I’m shooting for 800+ in my next few upgrades here, but the point is casting spells really fast is just an awesome feeling.
Pop AP/IV together, and I can crit for 15k+ every second for 15 seconds, self buffed only. Admittedly the longest string of back to back crits I’ve ever had was only 9, but the point still stands that it kicks ass.
Anyway, point is, stacking those haste gems is far more fun than stacking spellpower gems. And when stacking those spellpower gems would result in a DPS increase of less than 0.002%? It’s just no contest. Sorry, spellpower. We had some good times, but I’ve moved on. Me and haste are going steady.
In any case, arcane’s been live for a few days now, and hopefully we’ve all had a chance to try it out in raids and instances.
I’ll lay outwhat I’m getting, and see if y’all agree.
AB spam is the highest DPS, but costs ridiculously huge amounts of mana. The DPS increase over the standard rotation isn’t even that high (sub 200 DPS). Not worthwhile to spam at all outside of major cooldowns, preferably two or more combined.
The highest DPS sustainable rotation seems to be as follows: Spam AB until Missile Barrage procs, only use MBAM at 4 stacks.
Everything else seems to produce rather poor numbers.
Thankfully, there does seem to still be some judgement calls involved with the standard cycle. Even with a 40% chance to proc, there are still going to be times where you reach the 4th stack without MB proccing. This is where you actually get to use those well-practiced mana management skills I’m sure you have by now.
Do you cast another AB or two, fishing for a proc? Chances are good, but it’s certainly possible you could end up casting four or five more ABs before you get a proc. You could commit yourself to expending the extra mana, hoping for a strong proc.
Or do you hit ABarr to clear the stack, accept the hit to DPS, but preserve the mana you would’ve otherwise spent on more ABs?
Cast AB as much as you can afford. There is no magic number where continuing to cast it is a bad thing. AB spam, after all, is your highest form of damage.
Can you afford to cast nine ABs in a row? I don’t know! Is your gem on cooldown? Is Evocate ready to go? Can you count on innervate? Are you 30 seconds into the fight, or 30 seconds from the end of the fight? Do you only have 6k mana left? or 16k?
If you have the mana to continue hitting AB, waiting for a proc, you most certainly should. If you don’t, then you should hit ABarr and reset the stack.
Whether you do or don’t have the mana is something nobody can answer except yourself.
Lastly, anyone see the buff to Riding Nether Rays? Them things got HUGE. Perdition got a very significant size buff for trolls, too. (Just trolls? I don’t know! You tell me.)
So let’s recap!
My DPS got buffed.
My riding ray got huge.
My staff is bigger and longer.
Good patch, overall.