So returning to a game you love is pretty difficult because it is amazing the amount of information you forget that at one time seemed really important, but that you don’t realise you have forgotten, because like a remembral – you can’t remember what it is your forgot, even if you do know that you have forgotten something.
I have spent the last month trying to find Evocation in my spellbook, because I realised I had a glyph for it, but wasn’t using it. I spend about 15 minutes every night trying to find it thinking I have missed it on each page, I checked my talent trees to see if it something I needed to spec into now, and concluded I was crazy because it was gone. I finally decided this morning to google it…turns out…I am using rune of power (duh – which I knew) but that is what replaces evocation! IDIOT!!! IDIOT!!!!!!
Of course, that is nothing compared to the idiocy of last night. I discovered noxxic has a list of approx DPS at differing gear levels, which is goddamn fantastic! I am of course nowhere near for any of my toons – but it certainly gives me something to aim for so I know what I should be doing. Anyway I found this after some heroics last night in which my boomy could not get above 20k and infact the healer was beating me in kitty form as resto – she is very well geared though at 550 something whereas I am only barely scraping into the 470 area. However according to noxxic I should be able to hit about 70k dps….LOL…sure thing buddy!!
I decided then to try and find more hit on my gear somehow, after complaining to the hubby about the lack of hit on boomy timeless isle gear and how I had to reforge all the spirit off because it was useless to me, he advised to check out Mr Robot. I was reticent, but did it anyway and it was telling me to reforge back into spirit – enter my tirade about spirit being useless I don’t need mana regen blah blah blah…..yeah…you can all laugh at me now. Spirit = hit for some classes. What is worse, after the hubby had finished laughing at me I remembered the hundreds of disputes I had seen in LFD because DPSers had taken gear with spirit (boomies and SP’s mainly – I am sure there was another class as well – I want to say shammies??). How could I forget something so instrumental to the classes?
I guess this is the joy of coming back to a game 12 months later, you do forget things and need to spend time re-learning. I know I am still trying to learn how to play again, I am better on my mage because I have played her for so long, but with other toons I am really struggling to get into the swing of it. Heroics are also very hard as most of the time I am running with people who are very well geared and hitting the 180k+ DPS mark, which means mobs die faster than I can cast a spell – on both my mage and my boomy. It makes it hard to see where I am sitting in reality and harder to judge what I need to improve.
I know on my mage in LFR I can sometimes be in the top 10 for damage and hitting just over 100k DPS, but according to noxxic I should be hitting 250k + dps…as a frost mage at my gear level and that is not maximum – that is realistic….no way!?!?!?!? I have to spend some time on a dummy and test out wtf I am doing wrong as I am missing out on a lot of dps. I need to examine combat logs of mages and see what they are doing that I am not. Anyway, I am sure, like the previous things, there is something I have forgotten to do….I just have to find out what that is!!!