Follow up to my post about the Naxxramas run. Let me tell you about rogue dps in Naxx.
Its still good. No worries. At least in 10-man Naxx.
Our five dps toons were me, a warlock, a fury warrior, an enhancement shaman, and a mage. The warlock and fury warrior are old-school raiders and pug-aholics and they both outgeared me by a lot. The shaman and mage were at about my gear level.
Overall I did about 2100 dps averaged over all the boss fights in the run, which is pretty good. I did better damage on bosses than the mage and shaman, but usually couldn’t keep up with the warlock and warrior. I walked away with a couple of minor upgrades (Cloak of Mastery, Nerubian Conquerer) and one really nice upgrade (Boots of the Worshipper).
Thoughtworthy – I made an effort to keep rupture up as much as I could, and it only made up 5-7% of my overall dps on boss fights. And that’s with a feral druid putting Mangle on the bosses. Hmm….
Rogue-favored fights involve single targets and as little movement as possible. There are a few of those in Naxx.
The best rogue fight in there is Patchwerk. There is no moving or changing targets. Its a stationary dps race. On that fight I was over 3000 dps and able to out-damage the fury warrior despite the gear difference (couldn’t catch the ‘lock though).
Another good rogue fight is Loatheb. If someone else is in charge of killing the spores then you never have to switch targets and only move to get near a spore for the buff. Due to the fungal buff, this was my highest dps fight (3300+).
Thaddius also would have been a good fight for me if I didn’t get myself zapped and killed through my own error. I was near 3000 dps up to that point on that boss.
Bad fights for me were Grobbulus, due to all of the moving around, and Gothik the Harvester since it was like an extended trash fight with lots of changing targets.
Here’s a thought – should I do a “Rogue in Naxx” series talking about rogue strategies on each boss? I did that for Karazhan back in the day, and it was very popular, but Kara was harder and less forgiving of errors. I get the feeling that a lot of people aren’t researching strats for Naxx the way they used to for Kara.