Simulating – What’s Where
October 11, 2010 112 Comments
The single most common question in regard to 4.0.1 also happens to be one of the sillest: “What spec does the most dps?” or some variation there of.
Consider this a simple stab at answering it.
I ran 100 hours of 5 minute fights. Each spec was in an optimized BiS set, reforged, gemmed, and enchanted as appropriate. The Frost sims were done as their best race, Worgen, with Unholy as theirs; Orc. Each were using an AP flask, str food, and speed pots. The Unholy sims assumed 100 RP/45 seconds from AMS usage. The ICC buff was, of course, turned off, although it would be easy to multiply the final number by 1.3 if you wished to factor it in. So forth.
The XMLs of each set up are linked in the spec/weapon name, so you can confirm the results (and just test stuff in general) yourself.
With that said, you’ll see things are quite similar across the specs… with the notable exception of Unholy DW!
Simply put: Frost DW > Unholy 2H > Frost 2H >>>>> Unholy DW. The difference between the first three is incredibly minor; less than 200 dps variation. That’s not even 2% of your total damage! Honestly, in actual play, that gap (which is already laughably small) is likely to evaporate completely between factors such as 2H specs having increased runspeed, Unholy being able to squeeze out a bit more RP from AMS, simple RNG, varying fight durations, and so forth. The specs are more equal than they’ve ever been and as equal as they’re likely to ever get.
If some wonder why their PTR experience might not appear to match up with the reality of this math, there’s a variety of reasons for that: bugs, such as Obliterate’s interaction with Threat of Thassarian, and simple unoptimized gameplay; gems, reforging, and gear choices not yet being redone on top of little testing being performed in actual 25m raids.
In ICC, Unholy is likely to pull ahead when you consider the increased gargoyle uptime of the shorter fights, the run speed bonus, the superior (although not by much these days) AoE, and so forth, but even then, you’ll barely notice it.
Choose the spec you like, and don’t worry about which is best seeing as how they’re all essentially equal… not to mention this is year old content still being done!