Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tagged, and he didn't even know it!

So, as I've been catching up in my feed reader after vacation (over 500 posts, you crazy people), I've seen this meme popping up here and there. The most recent is my sometime-realm-if-not-faction-buddy Arrens. I am using him as the person who tagged me because he said he'd read it and chortle... and I am a fan of the chortle. I mean, it just sounds fun, doesn't it? So here we are, the DPS Meme!

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps? Caelatria, Hunter, Beast Mastery (with a secondary Marksman spec that I rarely use. I love my Devilsaur too much, yanno?)

What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans) Heroics when I can get them, 10-man raids when Saraabi isn't needed to tank.

What dps spell do you use least for your class and why? Probably Rapid Fire. It boosts haste, so it doesn't seem to add all that much when my haste is already boosted through talents. Other hunters out there, feel free to correct me on this one if I'm missing something important here. I try harder to remember it when running as Marksman because I know my gear doesn't have nearly enough haste on it to maximize the potential of the spec.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why? We're unique snowflakes in that we're ranged physical DPS.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why? Hunters as a class... we're useless unless we've got range. The DPS put out by a Beast Mastery hunter's pet sort of makes up for it, but other than that, we suck in close quarters. Nobody else has this sort of a problem, a caster can sit under the boss' nose and still cast, while I'm stuck waving my polearm around at him every 2-3 seconds.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you? Let me stand still and shoot a single target please. I don't care if it's the boss or an add, I don't want to be running all over hell's half-acres trying to get at what I need to hit.

What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why? Anyone with access to Replenisment or the equivalent. And enhancement shammies.

What tanking class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why? Death Knights. Too many bad experiences with ones who don't know how to use their abilities to keep threat. I understand you maybe need more time to get a handle on an aoe pull, but I shouldn't be pulling a boss when I've already given you a misdirect with the most powerful shots I have at my disposal.

What is your worst habit as a dps? Tunnel vision. I have to keep right on top of my steady shot cooldowns to squeeze as much DPS out of my spec as I can, and sometimes I forget to look at where I'm standing and if there's anything Bad around me.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing? Chronic AFK'ers. If you can't focus on what you're doing, why did you even join a group in the first place? It doesn't matter who it is, we all put together the group to do something, and not to sit around to wait for you to catch up after every single pull.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps? Nope. Hunters as a class can more or less hold their own in the right situations, but Beast Mastery as a spec is still considered a joke. I haven't been kicked from a group for it, but when I'm grouped with another hunter, I can't help but feel a lot of competitive tension and a need to prove that I'm not a total loss as a DPS even though my spec isn't the current BEST spec.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a damage dealer? Pretty much just Recount. I tried that whole log thing, WPS or whatever, but never really understood how to evaluate my performance except comparing numbers, which Recount does with a lot less hassle.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class? That hunters are EZ-mode. Granted, the playstyle isn't complicated, but you still have to know what you're doing to put out any sort of good DPS.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn? Sometimes just how to play. I still remember in my early days, shooting something until it got into melee range and attacked me, so my pet would attack it back. I had no idea that I could tell my pet to attack something first.

What dps class do you feel you understand least? Shaman or DPS warriors, just because I have very little experience with either.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps? I have Recount and MIK Scrolling Battle Text. The first just to keep track of how I'm doing overall, and the second to help keep track of my cooldowns. I have Omen also, but I generally only look at it when I'm playing my Paladin. It's very rare that threat is an issue for me these days.
Agility over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?  As long as I'm hit-capped, it's agi agi agi! Attack Power and crit all rolled into one, how could you go wrong?

1 fellow footsteps:

Arrens said...

I did indeed chortle! Nicely done. ;)

(Also? Word verification = trout. Nice.)