Infraction: 2. All opinions should be stated as succinctly as possible.
Message to User:
EJ is not your personal blog. I see no point in your post other than rambling anecdotally.
I've been spending some time on the dummies and trying out different priorities and stuff and it seems like when I try to focus on 100% Mangle/Rake/SR up times my dps actually goes down compared to when I don't necessarily focus on it.
For example, say my rake will tick off soon and I have 4 CP no Rip up OR I got lucky and Rip and SR both have 10+ secs, instead of making sure I have the energy to re-apply it I might instead Shred and Rip/FB and then lose 1 or 2 seconds of Rake uptime while I wait for my energy to come back.
Another example might be Rip and Rake are going to fall off at the same time and I'm at 5CP. I'll Rip and then Rake and lose a little time on Rake to gain the Combo point.
I feel like when I'm trying to optimize my uptimes I lose combo points much more often and my DPS drops. I'm at 5k on Patch 25, I honestly don't know if I should be higher or not. I'm also very close to RAWR numbers on the dummy. I know we talk about having priority on these things but it seems like Druid dps is a very... shift on the fly type of rotation. Those of you that are seeing what you would consider good numbers for your class, are you really putting that much weight into the priority or are you changing it up like I do? Should I be putting more emphasis on keeping the 3 big buffs/debuffs up?
I would say that another problem I run into, which is purely a skill thing I'm sure, is that I end up mismanaging energy as well when I'm focusing on keeping Mangle/Rake/SR up 100%. I might have a lot of things running out soon, save up some energy to re-apply and then end up close to 100 energy, see an OoC proc and end up at 100, wasting some. Stupid stuff like that.