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For the 25 man raid, we didn't have a boomkin, but we did have SP/EleShaman/RetPal, so I think most of the buffs and debuffs were covered. We also didn't have an Unholy DK, and it took us until Maexxna (I think) to realize and get the Lock to start casting CoE for the +% to spell damage.
I was also wondering if you missed out on any important buffs or debuffs on the boss that would make you optimal.
For the 10 man, we didn't have a boomkin, elemental shaman, or ret paladin. We had SP/lock, so we had some partial buffing.
I think there was little enchant/gem issues, but if you were to think ahead, would you do better next week? Taking into consideration, there could be combinations of errors from you and/or others that would affect your damage or dps.
What enchant gem issues do you mean?
There were very likely errors, with the lag spikes/DCs I was seeing during the first half of the raid.Molten armor for most fights, and I don't really run out of mana, unless half the raid dies and the fight goes on way too long. If I eat a mana explosion on KT, I might evocate right before he summons the guardians. If there are kiting issues on Gluth, I may spend a lot of mana blizzarding down chow, and I sometimes need to evocate after the second decimate.
A few fights also begged the question if you ran out of mana at all?
- Concerning that haste is 3rd to hit and SP, but above crit rating; it consumes alot more mana esp if you dont have arcane meditation.
- There's no real self regen while casting if you dont have AM talent
- Some fights you constantly put on ice barrier.
- You're probably not using mage armor.
I only put on mage armor for Sapphiron, and then just for the extra resists. Mage Armor + Magic Absorption + running around to duck behind icecubes = 75% mana at the end of Sapphiron, normally.
I am hit capped (exactly) in raid gear now, and mana is a bit more of an issue since I started reprioritizing haste over crit. To combat this I could:
Don't use a gem / haste pot with my first trinket/IV activation. Save the gem for when I can use it to get to FM, or use a mana pot instead of haste.
I could wear mage armor rather than molten.
I could not put up Ice Barrier during the moments where I don't DPS - hiding behind ice cubes on Sapphiron, running with the infection or for a spore, etc.
I could spec back into Brain Freeze rather than Ice Floes.
Until I see a fight where I normally run OOM before the end, though, I will keep up my current strategy, as it seems to be working.