View Full Version : Better value from Dev in Impale/DW builds?

01-24-2009, 05:13 AM
Standard thinking at the moment places CB/SW on a higher priority than Dev, and justifiably so, but I've been wondering if we're doing it a disservice in combination with Impale/DW.
The increased crit rate on Dev synergises better with Imp/DW than with CB/SW. Add to that the chance of a S&B proc adding a follow-up high-crit SS for more DW and you've got a much better ability than a straight comparison with CB/SW damage would indicate.

Well, that's my main point in a nutshell- here's some more background on my specific situation to take into account.
My build has no points in Cruelty and I'm running 10mans without a Feral or Fury, but always with a Retridin, so I'm just getting ~8% crit on CB/SW/Rev, but ~23% with Dev/SS/HS.
Oh, and here's my build - Talent Calculator - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?talent=LAM00fZhZVItrx0zibIzsGo)

I'd be grateful for any thoughts or maths anyone can offer on this.

01-24-2009, 06:38 PM
Are you suggesting that you wouldn't ever use CB or SS against a boss?
CB and SW just do so much more damage than Devastate and Impale/Deep Wounds do very little to close the gap.

I think people generally advocate using CB/SW if your Shield Slam is going to light up after the next global cooldown, as a Sword and Board proc wouldn't do anything other than make it free.

01-25-2009, 12:38 AM
Dev wouldn't do enough enough damage to be used over anything, no matter the crit rate. If you had some sort of godly-high dps weapon, then you might get better usage.

As for the S&B procs, well, you are right that you'd get more. I doubt it will make a major difference though. I guess I can run a high-devastate-priority rotation through my sim and see what the change is, just to prove the point :)