Esoth: The purpose of this analysis is to determine an appropriate talent strategy for Heroic Sha of Fear, in which there are a variable number of adds (initially none, then proceeding to spawn in incremental sets, up to 8). The goal is to get a general representation of of the strengths of each spec in degrees relative to other specs. My method was to use my spreadsheet in current gear to get these numbers although I admit that the AoE portion is a bit more crude. It really only models an “all out” DPS strategy in which you do as much AoE as possible. This doesn’t work well for BM which has a loss of return after getting Beast Cleave at 100% uptime. I’m not too concerned about this because it’s really a reflection of just how bad BM aoe is – you’d really want to execute a single target rotation except you occasionally use a multi-shot instead arcane shot. If AoE is expected at all, BM just won’t cut it – you’re better off trying to balance somewhere along the line of SV-aoe to BM-single, while SV-single to BM-aoe would be a line that runs perpendicular to it, so to speak.
|barrage, dire beast||114,821||135,362||165,346||195,330||225,314||255,298|
|glaive toss, dire beast||116,611||132,277||163,262||192,246||221,231||250,216|
|barrage, dire beast||125,860||78,136||113,425||128,687||143,948||159,210|
|glaive toss, dire beast||129,479||77,427||11,713||126,012||140,310||154,731|
SV aoe starts being better than single target SV or BM relatively quickly. If AoE is worthwhile, you’re probably better off with SV at a relatively low number of targets. But if the DPS check on a particular target is tight enough, you may be better off using a single target spec and letting others deal with the AoE. . . . read full article