The secret word is comfortable
When it comes to maximizing you dps, you have to feel comfortable in what you do. You have to feel that all things comes per automatic. The spells you shoot, the rotation, the movements you make to avoid mechanics, when to save some CDs for better positioning in fights. Basically survive the boss fight and at the same time maximize your dps.
So that means of course, during practice do not fight bosses you never done before. Because then you have to get use to the boss mechanics and stay alive. You have probably noticed that you do less general dmg when fighting new bosses. Well of course, you have other things to focus on as well that are totally new. But when you know the boss fight, that’s when you feel comfortable in dpsing.
Dummy targets are good to practice the rotations. When you start a new char/spec, you practice the rotations on those dummies over and over. Practice so much, so in the end, the rotation comes per automatic.
Now you feel comfortable and want to take this bad boy out for a spin. But remember, you are still in practice mode. There are no dummy targets that stands still in dungeons and raids. During practice do not fight bosses you never done before. Because then you have to get use to the boss mechanics and stay alive. You have probably noticed that you do less general dmg when fighting new bosses. Well of course, you have other things to focus on as well, that are totally new. But when you know the boss fight, that’s when you feel comfortable in the mechanics and per automatic you will do more dmg.
You have to know that as long as you feel comfortable in what you do, that’s when you can maximize your dps. Struggling on rotations and boss mechanics, that’s when you won’t do the dps you can. And that is what separates players.
Never listen to ppl that tells you what spec you have to play
Of course you can listen and take in the info. But in the long run, if you don’t feel comfortable in it, you won’t do the dps that you spec is capable of. Let´s take mages for an example. Raid fights according to AskmrRobot´s dps list shows that, in general the best dps spec is in following order; Arcane, Frost then Fire. Ok, then I can promise you, that if you feel really comfortable in playing Frost spec, you will do more dmg than Arcane. Not only personal, but also compared to other players. In whatever spec, if you feel comfortable in what you do, you will do more dmg then the player average player (or even above average) with “the best spec”.
Don not stare blind on dmg meter
Different specs between classes will ALWAYS vary in dps. Depending on boss mechanics and amount of extra adds that spawns, how many that spawns at the same time etc., some classes can do better (even way better) dps than others. But, remember that it can be the opposite in other boss fights. Blizzard is trying (which is pretty balanced) to give us players different boss fights that can highlight different classes in dps. So that you will get the feeling “ah, this fight, I can do really good dps here”.
Boss fights also requires extra attention to some classes. Such as cc/re cc, interrupts, kiting, switching targets, movements etc. All these extra attentions will make you do less dmg than a player that doesn’t need to do the extra stuff.
Fun Fun and more Fun
The final step is the stuffing that will provide the wonderful taste. You got to have fun playing your character and spec! If it isn’t fun you will definitely loose dps. And of course, if it is fun to play the spec you want, you will be so much better in playing and doing more dps.
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