Another day, another section added to my Evaluating Raiders with Warcraft Logs guide.
This time, I give some tips on basic raider evaluations, using my Hunter as an example. I go over all sorts of things, like:
- Evaluating damage done
- Ability use
- Targets/damage prioritization
- Timing and frequency of cooldown use
- Debuffs applied to enemies
- Avoidable damage taken
- Self-healing and healthstone use
Go check it out, and feel free to ask questions or give suggestions.
Evaluating Raider with Warcraft Logs
Last weekend my fiance and I were playing on our little alts, doing some quests and random dungeons. I’m playing a shadow priest and he is a resto druid. We queued up for a dungeon and found ourselves in RFD with a pally tank and two hunters. As soon as I’ve zoned in, I was greeted with this:
Hunter 1: lol priest as dps
Hunter 2: lol priest
I really hate being told “You can’t do X because you are Y“. “You can’t be a portal healer for Valithria because you’re a druid” is the one that gets the most hatred from me. My competitive streak flared up and I got irrationally angry at these two hunters. I don’t say anything in party chat though. I just informed my fiance that I was going to wipe the floor with these two and then rub their faces in it.
After the first boss I post the damage meter in party chat.
Followed immediately by:
Apocalyss: lol hunter dps
They seemed to get quieter after that.
Now, truth be told, the one hunter did beat me in overall damage for the instance, but he was level 42 (compared to my 36) and had Volley to spam on all the trash packs. My AoE capabilities are somewhat limited. I’m still trying to get over the fact that I won’t learn Mind Sear until 75.
Reading is Fundamental
While playing my priest on the weekend I learned a very important lesson. Read your spells carefully. For 16 levels I thought of Devouring Plague as just another DoT, like SW:Pain. I would often throw it around when fighting multiple mobs and then be puzzled because it seemed to fall off early. Then I finally read the entire tooltip.
Afflicts the target with a disease that causes 152 Shadow damage over 24 sec. 15% of damage caused by the Devouring Plague heals the caster. This spell can only affect one target at a time.