View Full Version : Prot spec checkup, and DPS suggestions

04-11-2009, 10:24 PM
I am the Primary MT for raid bosses in my guild. With the exception of Patchwerk in Naxx, where I OT as I have a higher damage mitigation to absorb the hateful strikes. And that is as far as our guild has progressed on raiding at this time. Our biggest problem is lack of DPS for the bosses that results in not getting them down quick enough.
My request then, is how should I enchant/gem my equipment for best performance. i know that I have a low hit rating, and not sure what to change to get more DPS. I currently am putting out between 950 & 1200 DPS (and yes, I know that I need new bracers). My Armory link, and my WOW Heroes link are both in my sig.

Any help and suggestions would be appreciated.

04-12-2009, 12:00 AM
Your gear looks good, but your gems seem a little random. AP/Stamina, AP/Resilience and Defense prismatics.

Since you seem to be comfortable with your survival and want to increase your DPS, I'd suggest gemming for hit and expertise. You're almost at the hit cap for yellow strikes right now, so I'd focus primarily on expertise. It'll increase your DPS by turning boss parries and dodges into hits. This has the side effect of reducing burst damage you take when a boss parries you. This will make your healers' jobs a lot easier.

This means:

Red and Prismatic Sockets: Precise Scarlet Ruby - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40003)
Yellow Sockets: Accurate Monarch Topaz - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40058)
Blue Sockets: Guardian's Twilight Opal - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=40034)

Drop Precise Dragon's Eye - Item - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=42154)s in blue sockets, then yellow sockets. Ideally, you want to be gemming almost purely for expertise.

This creates a problem in that it would take you below the critical minimum of 540 Defense. I suggest addressing the problem by replacing some of your current enchants with defense enchants. You can pick up an expertise enchants while you're at it:

Enchant Cloak - Titanweave - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44591)
Enchant Chest - Greater Defense - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=47766)
Enchant Bracers - Expertise - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44598)
Enchant Shield - Defense - Spell - World of Warcraft (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=44489)

This should increase your DPS by preventing boss mobs from dodging and parrying as often, while keeping you uncrittable. It would also help your tanking in that you wouldn't take as much burst damage from parry haste.

I should probably check to find out what exactly the parry-cap and dodge-cap for expertise are, but I haven't been able to track down the numbers when I've looked for them lately. I'm pretty sure the above won't get you over either cap, though.

Hope this helps. Two quick things I noticed: you were sitting exactly at 540 defense on your armory. Just in case you don't know, 540 is not a cap for defense, it's a minimum. Defense is still a valuable stat--I'd say the most valuable stat in most situations--after 540. Also, i's my understanding that for warrior tanks who choose to gem for straight-up DPS, Strength is preferable to AP because Strength also increases your block.