I know this will sound like qq, but its not really. I know that I am behind on the gear and leveling curve, and I’m looking for someone to tell me if things are going to get better.
In BC, Wrath, and Cataclysm, I was always at the top of the damage meters. Even when rogues have had their ups and downs through the past three expansions, I’ve always been able to milk a lot of dps out of my assassination spec. The rotation comes as naturally to me as walking. Over the past 6 years I have developed a reputation within my guild for big dps numbers.
As I leveled from 85-90 doing normal dungeons, nothing had changed. I led in damage on almost every run. On single target fights I was way above other classes.
Then I hit 90… and its all come crashing down.
Even in guild runs with others who are not wearing any raid gear, I have yet to lead a single heroic instance in damage. If I really push it I can sometimes finish in 2nd, but more often its third and sometimes its 4th behind the tank. I have been beaten by every hunter I have run with. I was beaten handily by a Blood DK in all PVP gear. I’m having to apologize to guildies for my dps. I feel like I’m being carried.
I can still be competitive on single-target fights. I think that’s going to be a gear issue. However, on AoE fights its just terrible. I am energy starved beyond belief.
I remember when Blizzard announced that Fan of Knives would grant combo points, and we could spend those on our new attack Crimson Tempest. We all got excited about a true AoE rotation. Well, I’m lucky to get a single Crimson Tempest off in an AoE fight. It takes so long to build up energy after each FoK, even with my Rupture running, that almost everything is dead by the time I get to use CT. That system is simply not working for me.
I tried reforging to haste to boost my energy regen, going against the advice of simulators. It hasn’t helped. Sometimes it feels like I can leave to get a sandwich between attacks because my energy takes so long to build up.
My question, then, for rogues who have already spent some time gearing up. Does it get better? Does energy regen catch up at higher gear levels? Is our dps competitive? Do I have to switch to Combat for Blade Flurry on trash packs? Is that my only option?
P.S. – I’m wondering if my legendary daggers might still be the way to go. Despite the lower iLvL, Assassination gets so many procs from those daggers, and a proc lets me launch up to three consecutive finishers.