Last week I didn’t spend too much time diving through dps logs from Siege of Orgrimmar since I was still healing. I noticed that the legendary cloak proc did an absurd amount of healing for me on a couple fights – Fallen Protectors, most notably. But I didn’t really think about what it was doing for our dps, especially since my hunter does not yet have a legendary cloak.
I went into my first raid on my hunter expecting to be bringing up the rear on the damage meter. But when I got in there I found I was even lower than I was expecting to be.
After some of the AoE fights in particular I was feeling pretty demoralized. I was having fun shooting things, but who cares about that when your damage sucks that much? I wondered if I was doing something wrong.
Later, I looked closer at the logs of the other dps.
Are you fucking kidding me? This is our veteran hunter’s logs over the course of the night and Flurry of Xuen did almost 19% of his total damage. This screen does include trash, which skews things, but this is still an absurd amount of damage from one piece of gear. On bosses the legendary cloak proc did anywhere from 6% of total damage (Iron Juggernaut) to 20.6% of total damage (Dark Shaman), with an average of 12.5% over the seven bosses we killed.
Damage disparity due to gear level is bad enough (Ashenera wrote an excellent post about character power and ilvls that is a great read), but add in the lack of a legendary cloak and I feel pretty close to useless.
On the bright side, this has lit a fire under me to get the cloak quest finished. I went into ToT LFR after raid to get my last Secrets that I needed then capped out my Black Prince rep, so I will at least have my meta gem for next raid. Then it’s time to collect 12 Runestones. I’ll be continuing to do ToR LFR for another week or two at least (and I had hoped I was done with that place forever) to have as many chances at Runestones as possible.
A Legendary item should be meaningful – though how meaningful is a Legendary that everyone will have by the end of the expansion? It should have a strong effect on your damage/healing/survivability, but the cloak proc is pretty ridiculous. At this point, it’s not the people with the legendary that are being set ahead of the pack, it’s the few that don’t have it who are being left behind to look like chumps.