User: Phenom Z
Message to User:
"Hey, guys. I'm going to use my first post to show how pretentious I am."
Long time lurker, first time poster here...
From my lurking, I know the general consensus here is that arcane sucks, compared to fire specs, even with 2 pieces of tier 5. I've seen biased arguments both sides, from arcane mages showing skewed WWS results to fire supporters assuming the world is always perfect and in this peachy existence fire will always outperform arcane and assume that if a player is a supporter of arcane, he should be committed. It's really a bunch of crap, especially on a quality forum such as this, which is a place of salvation for those like me who won't touch the WoW forums.
At any rate, here's my unbiased, mostly un-flasked/fooded, never power-infused, 1 shadow priest and 1 shaman partied WWS reports from a recent SSC run. I just acquired my second piece of tier 5 a little over a week ago, so my experience in raiding with this spec is very shallow and I still have a lot of room to improve my dps and improve my gear gems and itemization. I think there's only 1 other fire mage in most of these boss fights, and 2 fire mages on Morogrim. Both of these guys are really good players and when we were all fire, we would usually be right next to each other on the damage meters. As you can see I'm starting to pull away with my new spec. Maybe when we gear up more and start getting tier 6, fire will overtake arcane again. But, for the time being it appears to me that arcane is superior with 2-piece tier 5 against tier 5 bosses.
This WWS report is to my knowledge unbiased and single-parsed. You can sift through to find a way to discredit it because we all know arcane mages can't outdps equally geared fire mages in any fair boss fight, right?