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Today’s post is back in my usual style (none of that weird, sleep deprived stuff like my post a couple of days ago!), and is dedicated (clearly, see the heading^) to explaining 5 things which will help you optimise your raid DPS output and be the very best you can possibly be! Are you sick of those rogues beating you on the charts? Tired of getting told to ‘up your damage’? Well, here are a few tips – admittedly Warlock specific in some cases, but the general principles can be applied across the board.

1. Rest up, eat up, make sure you tinkle!

The most fundamental thing to good play is the condition of the person behind the keyboard. If you are tired, hungry, or absolutely busting to go to the loo, then you really aren’t going to be at your best. That’s pretty simple really. Just like I tell the kids at school, it is much easier to concentrate when you have a full belly and an empty bladder. Most guides that I read put this last, but I really do believe that it is the most important consideration.

2. Know the ins and outs of your spec and class.

Contrary to what I said at the beginning of this post, it isn’t really all about being the top DPS, even if it is a nice feeling. If you are a utility spec, or a utility class for that matter, it doesn’t really matter so much if you aren’t doing super damage, so long as you are doing your job. I would rather see a mage sacrifice a little damage and keep that mob sheeped than try to beat me. No one cares that our survival hunter gets blasted away by the beastmasters – because he is providing a buff to the raid that they simply can not do. Conversely, those rogues I mentioned before? They had better be concentrating on their damage, because they provide zip (selfish buggers, they make warlocks look generous!)

Also under this point, know your rotations. Research what rotations work best for your spec, and train yourself to use them. This does not mean that you should neglect your situational spells when they are needed, but don’t use them all the time. Examples of this include using the correct curses where necessary. Spell rotations for Warlocks differ according to spec – Destro locks essentially become Assigned Curse -> SB Spam, while Affliction Warlocks have to keep all their DoTs up and running.

3. Synergise with your team.

This is ESPECIALLY important for Warlocks. Ensure that you know who is assigned to what curse, and make sure that you do not waste time casting curses which someone else is covering. Cast the bare minimum of curses – in my opinion, Curse of the Elements and Curse of Recklessness are all that are really needed, but do check (see my post on Curse Assignments)! Some rotations also include Curse of Agony, so cast this if this is you. Any other curses are a total waste of time UNLESS there is a situational need for them. Wasting time means less valuable damage dealing casting.

4. Don’t be afraid to burn a few dollars

This means bringing enough consumables to the raid, and ensuring your gear is fully (and appropriately!) gemmed and enchanted. Consumables can sometimes be tricky – on weekends for example, our AH is often devoid of flasks, spell damage food, and the Brilliant Wizard Oil I so dearly love. This means I should plan ahead, to ensure that I have everything I need. Also, the better quality the consumable, the dearer it is – which is why Skullfish Soup and Brilliant Wizard Oil cost a fortune!

5. Relax and have fun!

Seriously, the more you stress out while you are raiding, the more likely you are to make mistakes. Stress a little less, and make sure you enjoy the raid – isn’t that why you are there, after all? A great stress reducing tip is to be prepared – have everything ready, ensure you study up on the strats, and log on with plenty of time to spare where possible.

Of course, there are other things which can be considered when we are looking at raiding, but I do believe these are the basics. If you are doing all of these things, then I think you are doing well.

As a small aside, I am considering putting all my beta screenies up on a seperate page called Beta Piccies. This means that you won’t need to worry about accidental spoilers. Is this a good idea or not?

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