The Basics- A look at rotations.

So, as promised, I’m going to begin taking all your new 80s out there through some of the basics.  If you’ve done any dungeons, or groups quests while you were leveling (which is likely, especially with the advent of the dungeon finder), you probably  know a little about rotations.  Simply put, for pretty much all roles (with the possible exception of  healers) rotations are pretty important.  They’re the order in which you use moves to maximize your dps.

Now I don’t pretend to be an expert on every class.  If you want specifics on a rotation right for you, hit up places like WoW.com or ElitistJerks.  They’re great resources for class-specifics, if you want to learn more.  But, basically, you want to use all your abilities in the most efficient way.  Whether that means clicking the pretty lit up buttons (I’m looking at you, Ret paladins), or going through a cycle of DoTs (locks, big and small, especially affliction ones) it  really varies depending on your class and spec.  Even tanks have rotations.  The difference being that they want to incorporate  moves that give them the most  possible threat, not the most possible damage.

Now, if this seems confusing, and you feel like you’re a little over your head, you have a couple options.   First, you could hang around here, and read my posts as they come out, hopefully getting a good understanding of some of the basics.  Look for “The Basics-” posts.  Or, (if you want to get up to date more quickly) you could hit up forums like ElitistJerks, or sites like WoW.com for everything you could ever want to know about your class.  They’re great tools for getting off the ground a bit.

Now, before I hear any of you complaining, I don’t want to hear it.  I’m dealing with a feral cat dps  rotation.  For those of you seasoned veterans out there, you know exactly what that means.  There is no rotation.  Instead we have a long and complex priority-based algorithm.  Yes, you heard that right.  Please don’t make me repeat it, I don’t think I could spell it again.  But it’s around 15 lines long, and about as complicated as it gets.  So don’t tell me you can’t deal with a rotation of moves.  If I can deal with feral dps, anyone can learn rotations.

Complaints about my spec aside, rotations are very important.  The all important DPS (damage per second) and tanking aggro (the threat that makes mobs attack you)  is based heavily on how well you use what you’ve got.  All the gear in the world won’t make you better at playing your class.  Only practice can do that.

So, what are you doing sitting around here for?  The whole wide world of  random dungeons await.  Take  a moment, check some of the sites I recommended, or just run a google search.  Get a rotation that works for you down.  Now, before you can talk yourself out of it, go run heroics (if you havent’ been already).  The rotation is the place to start, and you should get all the practice you can get.  Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet.  Lack of practice will only come back to haunt you later.

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Published in: on March 23, 2010 at 1:23 am  Leave a Comment  
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Here we go…

Feral druid skins (aren't they pretty?)

So I haven’t posted in a long time, and I’m sorry about that.  The truth of the matter is I picked up a resto off spec for PvP and I’ve spent the last weeks gearing it up, and getting in touch with my inner arena healer.  Either way, I’m sitting pretty around 800 resil (still not great, but passable) and I’m going to take a break from that and get back into PvE (which is, after all, the poin of this blog).

My sudden leap to tree-dom means a couple things for this blog.  Firstly, I’m no longer going to be PvEing as a boomkin, since my balance spec had to go away (I had no intention of dropping my feral main spec).  That means that I’ll be going at it as a kitty, and delving into the mysteries of feral dps.  I realize I did a whole post taking you through my boomkin gear… but you’ll just have to ignore that.

One small draw-back to my feral spec is that I don’t exactly have what you might call… a PvE set.  I have a motly collection of deadly PvP gear (I haven’t worked on that spec in some time, since back in November.  Deadly was all the rage back then).  So, I’m going to be running my first few heroics in PvP.  Not exactly ideal, but I can get by.

So, I don’t have time for a massive post right now, but rest assured that I’ll be posting more soon, and that this blog is not, by any means, dead.  I’m using this post to officially start my PvE adventures, and  I’ll update it shortly with the first wave of heroics.  I’ll try and make this a guide that with apply to fresh 80s the world over,  and hopefully my adventures and misadventures in the big, scary world of raiding, will be useful to someone out there.

Thanks for bearing with me, and wish me luck.

I’m probably going to need it.

Published in: on March 16, 2010 at 2:55 pm  Leave a Comment  
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