I spent some time this weekend at the practice dummy working on my Combat Daggers dps.
“What?” you say. “Everyone knows that Combat Daggers is crap! Not raid-viable! Low dps!”
Well, that’s true. My dps dropped by about 400-500 by switching from Assassination to Combat Daggers. Keep in mind, though, that I was still using Mutilate glyphs, so take those numbers with a grain of salt. If I re-glyphed I might have bumped that up a bit, although not to where my full Assassination spec was.
Here’s the rub, though. With Combat spec, I would get points in Savage Combat. That provides a 4% increase in physical damage for the whole raid.
That debuff can also be applied by Arms Warriors with the Blood Frenzy talent. Unfortunately, our guild doesn’t have an Arms warrior.
So here’s the decision – I can switch to Combat, and since I don’t have any good swords, I’d go with Daggers. My personal dps would take a hit, probably dropping me from #1 dps in the guild to #3 or 4 behind the hunter, mage, and warlock who are nipping at my heels. However, by doing so, I increase the damage of all of the feral druids, hunters, enhancement shamans, death knights, and warriors doing physical damage.
In a typical 25-man raid we have 2-3 hunters, 1-2 warriors, and 1-2 DKs. If they do a combined 13,000 dps, for example, then my 4% buff would be a raid-wide increase of 520 dps. That more than makes up for the decrease in my personal dps, so out total raid damage would benefit from that change. And if I can grab a nice sword or fist weapon along the way I can probably get close to what my dps was in Assassination.
In 10-man raids, we bring fewer physical dps classes, so I don’t think that it would balance out there. In that case, I’d be better off in Assassination maximizing my own damage.
That said, I hesitate to do this. Why?
My thinking is twofold, and both reasons are somewhat selfish.
#1 – I like doing a lot of damage. Its what rogues do. Sacrificing my own performance to benefit the guild is nice in principle, but it will decrease my personal enjoyment of the game.
#2 – More importantly, I find fighting in Combat spec to be dull. Its very repetitive, without the careful rotation management that Assassination requires. Again, that would decrease my personal enjoyment of the game.
So I’m thinking about it. I may try it in a Naxx run this weekend to see how it goes. Or I may stall and see if I can’t cajole a warrior into switching to Arms…