Posted 22 December 2010 - 01:46 AM
I'll touch it up, but the profession is nowhere near what it was in Wrath, and below most of its competitors.
Although I briefly touch upon it, I see no reason to go in-depth on the helmet; it's a perk, to be sure, but it doesn't scale, and thus will lose its usefulness quickly. All of the 372 dps helmets are superior to it, and it's only slightly superior than the 359 tier helmets, which (as Unholy, anyways), you're still better off using for set-bonus purposes. For raiders, it holds minimal value beyond the initial couple raid resets of the expansion.
As to the Bolt Gun, it's quite iffy. It triggers the GCD and has a 0.5 second cast time.; both of which hugely lessen its value. If it resets the weapon swing timer (which, based on the GCD/cast time, I would assume it does, but haven't heard confirmation either which way), then it's likely even worse than Saronite Bombs. It's better than nothing, sure, but not by much.
Tazik and Hyperspeed are both just absurdly weak. Tazik comes out slightly ahead, but you're talking 40 dps instead of 30.
By comparison, the 80 strength of other professions is approximately 240 dps. The Bolt Gun, even if you have the GCD to spare, even if it doesn't affect the weapon swing timer, and even if it always hits for its maximum damage, doesn't cover the 200 dps gap the profession has left after you factor in the glove tinker.