Zelmaru, the Upgraded

The Tree Spec

I feel like I just won the freakin lotto!  Spent my frost badgers on non-tier resto gear (I’m just not that into the t10 bonuses*) and am rockin 860 haste… especially with the chieftan staff that I got right afterward.  I got to spec out of Celestial Focus ( but then the un-fun part of gemming and enchanting my crap).

*Resto T-10 Bonuses. Some druids seem to like this bonus more than others, but it appears to be less useful for 10-man raiding, which is what I spend the majority of my time doing.

And… also a ferocious Kitteh

And then the cat – got to respec out of improved mangle. (See Feral Aggression’s post.)

Not to be captain obvious, but Mangle is 1 minute duration! This means there’s a lot less swearing during my rotation.  Not that it REALLY matters for my dps, but less swearing is a good sign.

Just from the mangle change, I increased my DPS by 200.  Now, I think that’s not going to be the result for people who were already good at their rotations.  But since I’m a part-time cat, having the rotation “dumbed down” a bit helped me not screw up my rotation and lose dps that way.

Droodfocus worked beautifully, even on patch day.  That addon is a keeper.

However, it was a little disappointing after 3 serious gear upgrades, reenchanting, regemming, and doing the “rawr shuffle” (switching out roughly same-level pieces per rawr’s instructions to improve the entire set), that I got less of a DPS increase than I got from just the mangle change.

In conclusion

  • My healing is through the roof, plus I have doodads like revitalize and living seed again.  (I really hope I didn’t screw myself on mana regen.)
  • My cat DPS on the dummies has increased by about 300, unbuffed.  That includes the new mangle change and new gear.  So basically not a big improvement.
  • I am SO broke after all that gemming, enchanting, and gemming again when I screwed it up and made my metagem not fire anymore.
  • You can spend an entire night just fixing your gear.  The joy of upgrades is tempered by the pain-in-the-ass factor.

ArcaneTinkerTank the Mage Cheater of Cheatiness

4pc T-10 for Mages is Hawter than a blood elf in a Speedo

Now, I ask you… how the hell do you gain 1k dps from simply finishing out a 4 piece bonus?  Granted, some other stuff shifted around too, a little… but still!

I got new DPS gear too! I got a piddly 300 DPS increase and Mr. Cheating Mage of Cheatingness gets 1k DPS increase.

I call shenanigans.

In conclusion

Mages, get your t-10 bonus.  Apparently it makes you shoot lazer beams out your ass and makes the tanks cry for mercy as they repeatedly lose aggro.


Tree Haste Cap! Mangle Faces! Mage PEW PEW! And other gear-related stuff to bore you. — 1 Comment