View Full Version : Arms DPS "Upgrades?"

11-25-2009, 11:54 AM
The World of Warcraft Armory (http://www.wowarmory.com/character-sheet.xml?r=Haomarush&n=Doeg)
(Armory may not have updated yet, so I'll describe the changes in gear/stats below)

Last night I finally got a new weapon, Edge of Agony (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47884). As I was previously using Stormedge (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=45458), this dropped me way below the hit cap, so I swapped out my Plated Greaves of Providence (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47511) for Acidmaw Treads (http://www.wowhead.com/?item=47853) and enchanted them with Icewalker to get some more hit. I also put +16 Hit gems in Edge of Agony, Acidmaw Treads, and my T9 gloves to get to 260 Hit rating, which should be sufficient. The boots took me to 22 Expertise, so when I respecced to take Sword Specialization I only put one point in Weapon Mastery, so my dodge reduction should be 6.5%.

However, when I tried DPSing the heroic training dummy, I only did ~2600 DPS, at the most 2900. Using Stormedge I had been able to do ALMOST 3200 DPS on the dummy consistently, using only Battle Shout. My Two Handed Sword skill is at 397/400, and my Edge of Agony is not enchanted yet. Would either of those things, or switching to Sword Spec, account for a ~400 Dummy DPS drop, despite a 20 DPS weapon upgrade? Or is the loss of around 60 Armor Penetration what caused the decrease?

As I don't think the Armory has updated my character yet, here are (approximately) my stats:
3576 AP
261 Hit Rating
662 ArP
33% Crit
16 Expertise (2 Points in Weapon Mastery, still below dodge cap)
Axe Spec, 212 DPS weapon

~3500 AP
260 Hit Rating
600 ArP
30% Crit
22 Expertise (1 Point in Weapon Mastery to cap Dodges)
Sword Spec, 232 DPS Weapon

Before those gear changes, I was usually doing 3500-4000 DPS in 10 mans. Is that about what I should be doing with my gear level? Are the "upgrades" I got really upgrades, or are they hurting my DPS?

Also, with my gear level, should I be using Incite Spec (55/8/8) or is it not viable until I have better gear? Should I change my glyphs (Execution/Mortal Strike/Rending)?