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1272 + shadow and some new add ons.

I’m sitting at 1272 +shadow Damage now.   I rejemed some gear with +9 Spell Damage Gems and Have been gradually replacing them with +12 from Badges.  I don’t want any more Badge Loot.  I want dem gems..

I have good base +Shadow, and that Is without a single peice of loot from Hyjal or Black Temple.

I also added Damage Metre because I had not seen a  published wws for weeks,  Damage metre told me how bad my DPS was.  We did a Kara Run, and I was being Out Dps’d  by a Holy priest that had respected shadow for kicks, ( but he was dying alot so the damage done in the end wasn’t much difference)   A lot of his gear was from off Spec rolls from ZA and fully enchanted  so he had some haste on me,  but I should have done better, 

I think I had convinced myself that i had improved, I was getting raid invites, and my class leader had not said one single word to me.  The damage metres for the last 3 weeks of Hyjal and Black Temple were not published, so I had no idea how I was doing.   I didnt care that  I was first, I just wanted to see that that there was improvement.  Well alas,   some heroics and some advice from that Same Holy priest,  I have now installed Quartz.

I have been fighting installing more add ons, and I know I’ve had people tell me to install Quartz before,  and I wish I had listened.  It shows the spell, and the lag.. and sometimes My lag is half the cast.  I’ve only been able to test it on Mobs I’ve been farming as I’ve not raided so far this week, but my dots are going up quicker, and i’m no longer waiting for my Mindblast cast to hit my Mindflay, and while Mobs aren’t really great way of testing my Dps they are falling quicker, I look forward to testing on the next boss, which will hopefully be Hyjal tomorrow night.

I’ve also been watching the AFK posts on our Guild Forums, gradually people are decreasing their availablity, or taking extended breaks, some of its burn out, some of its just real life prorities,   we don’t have the summer Lag that others have talked about, because its winter in Oz. * sniffles with a Cold..

And a shiver of reality hit me.

Why do I bother trying to improve my gear when my plums from My DPS set, healing Set, and PVP set are all going to be outclassed as soon as WOTLK comes out? For the love of the game of course……

I didnt hit 60 untill after BC so I wasnt effected by the pre BC burn out,  but I understand it now, because like everyone else,  I will roll a death Knight, for the heck of it, and I also will be leveling at least one toon to 80 ASAP – Just to experience the new end game content, and wear new gear, So the only thing my current gear will do for me, is make those first few levels easier to get, as I’m sure the greens and the blues and the plums are going to be SO much better then what you can get for 70 now, and given that we don’t seem to be getting any more Bank Space or Slots ( there would have to be bigger bags though…   surely.. ? what am I going to do with all my other gear.  Blow it up of course… the advantage of being an enchanter.

Enough speculating on WOTLK – I will do that when it gets here, because I think the more you worry about whats comming next, the less you appreciate what your doing now, and thats the whole idea of it isnt it? To Play….. 

Must do some Organised Retro runs on Pre BC content….

 

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Too many Add on’s or Au natural…

Im currently sitting at 1200 Shadow damage which is great ( Finally Gemmed my T4 Helm with the  +14 Spell Damage and 2% Intellect Meta. 

So how do I turn out more DPS?

I’ve been reading more www.shadowpriest.com  notably   How to Fix your DPS – Maximising DPS 101  and have some things to add to my NEED list.

I need more add ons.

I need more macros

I need less lag.

Add on’s

I didn’t have ANY add on’s untill about the 40’s – and when I did get add on’s it was stuff like Mob Info 2 – Cartographer, Auctioneer.  Then I hit Kara and added threat metres,  Shacklewatch , Calender, then when I started doing more raids, and got Deadly boss mods and so on..   Im starting to Pack on the add ons and now I need more…. 

I really don’t want to.

Arguably if you want to be the best you should be using all the tools you have at your disposal, and  I while I have been reluctant  to stack the add ons, I’ll be the first to say that they are VERY useful tools.

In early days Kara a healer once proclaimed ” I don’t know what I would do if it weren’t for healbot – I wouldn’t know how to heal.. ”    Really?  I thought .

Wheres the line between playing a game or botting it?   Could I survive if I took all my add ons away?   When  2.4 came www.curse.com a place that offers a plethora of add on choices had so many downloading issues due to the demand for all the updates to our precious add ons, and how upset were we to find that some add on creators didn’t/hadn’t updated for 2.4 –  /cry Void reaver alarm.  /cry shacklewatch  

Theres even Wow Ace Updater  where you can have it automatically update your add ons when a new version is available though www.wowace.com

Do you really need all these add ons? – Unfortunatly to be a leet Shadow Priest it seems I do.   So I’m in the market for a Dot timer, and a Cooldown timer. 

If anyone knows a Leet shadow priest that Doesn’t use any ability enhancement add ons or Macros someone restore my faith in gaming and let me know 😛

Macros –  &Key binding

I use them, am comfortable writting very basic ones,  but  they need to get more complicated, including, mouseover targets, using items and casting.  I agree that I am probably as per per Shadowpriest.com says  ”   losing DPS to mouse movement:”

Early one morning I played around with my Key Bindings and  completely stuffed up my ‘Esc’ Command. I had to use the computer icon in the bottom tool bar of the UI to get back in and fix it.  I should start Planning and using keybindings more,  as long as when Im not work screaming in frustration  – Why won’t it do (……. ) when I shift click! – Keyboard habits die Hard.  People who never learned to touchtype the right way die harder!  ( i touchtype – just using the wrong fingers..  unconventionally at just about the same speed a touch typist does.. no looking at the keyboard for me.. )

Less Lag

and finally – My Intenet Speed.

Im currently on 512 – Its been wonderful but I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and try 1024/256 for a month, just to see if I notice a difference.

 


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