In the time I have played Lath the occasions have been pretty few and far between that my services as DPS have been required. In fact 99% of the time guildies & friends are whispering me hoping I will help them as a healer with <insert group activity here>.
When dual spec was released I was pretty excited. My DPS output while in a resto raiding spec is pretty abysmal. Doing dailies and quests was quite painful and finding out that with a click of the button, I could change to a balance build sounded like a dream come true.
While my guild mainly focuses on 25 man raiding, I am part of a 10 man weekly run that has started to focus strongly on hard modes. Quite a few of these hard modes only require 2 healers and I’m sure there will be many fights that a paladin/holy priest healing combo will be much more effective then a druid/paladin, druid/priest duo.
Dual spec has been out for a good couple of months and I could probably count on 1 hand the number of occasions I have spent embracing the chicken within. I made a conscious decision over the weekend that it is time to stop neglecting my pewpew side.
Where Do I Start?
This was surprisingly really hard. Predominantly playing a healer, I have perhaps looked down a little bit on DPS seeing it as an easier role to excel at. A quick check at the heroic dummies in Ironforge proved otherwise. I decided to make a list of what I need to learn to pull off competitive DPS:
- PVE Talent Build
I found a really good site called http://www.moonkin.info which had some clear articles outlining glyph choices, talent guilds and gemming info. This was a great place to start and I quickly replicated the suggested talent guild and chose my balance glyphs for best DPS output.
Gear was a bigger puzzle and as a big fan of Loot Rank I was really keen to find the widely accepted weightings to plug in and create a spreadsheet of gear to look out for. I am still on the lookout for this – so far I am yet to find updated weightings for patch 3.1 after wading through countless forum posts and blogs.
What Did I Learn?
I learnt that quite a few of my old healing pieces are actually quite good for Moonkin.
I learnt that gemming for Moonkin is actually not that different to gemming for resto.
I discovered that crit strike while nice, isn’t actually that important to Moonkins & haste is much tastier.
I learnt that getting decent DPS figures is actually quite hard! My first go at the heroic dummy in Ironforge had me clocking about 2k DPS. A reread of specific rotations and I got that up to 3.1k, still not great but much more acceptable.
Where To From Here?
My goals for the week are to practice preferably in a heroic dungeon or easy 10 man doing pewpew DPS. I think this will be difficult for me…. I find it very hard to get out of the healing mentality and if I’m honest with myself, I have trust issues letting other healers heal my tanks O.O
The other goal this week is to work out what gear upgrades are useful for me. I guess this means I’m back to wading through the forums getting this information together.
Updates on my DPS journey to come!