Early Opinions About 1.5 Changes

October 1, 2011 - 11:59 pm 1 Comment

By now we’ve had a lot of time to run our rogues through the paces. Dummy testing can only take build theorycrafting so far. It’s all about how hard your spec hits on the bosses, right? Well, here it is Saturday – River of Souls and Greenscale’s Blight are cleared. The numbers are in. What’s the good word? Marksman.

Marksman

The Return of the Marksman

Yes, Marksman are back. They had the good life back in beta before an extremely heavy handed round of nerfs flattened them into the ground. Flavor of the month? Probably. Marksman are easily capable of pulling top DPS on a raid boss, although there is still heavy competition from warriors (especially Beastmasters). Within the calling, Marksman are shining way ahead of most melee specs, and this will likely cause the forum criers to draw a nerf. Is it fair? Probably. For now, Marksman are pure win.

One of the most important improvements to Marksman is gear scaling. My Defiant Rogue is sporting mostly T1 gear for the most part, while my Guardian Rogue shines in full T3 gear (T3 being raid T1). The difference in DPS is a good 500 or so. This is a great thing considering how poorly Rangers and Marksmen scaled in gear prior to 1.5. Before 1.5, the difference in DPS was barely 200. Those wearing Hammerknell gear are reporting numbers in excess of 1800 DPS – indicating each tier of gear is somewhere in the neighborhood of 200-300 DPS for a full set.

Coming Soon

I’ll have a full, detailed guide on the 51 Marksman build within the next couple days. Sure, there’s already a few on the official forums, but I’ll be explaining in more detail about the different options you have as a Marksman, including specs, rotations, buffs, and gear. Like I said before, in 1.5 we have a lot of viable options and don’t need to be cornered into a single build. I’ll also brush a few pet builds that may prove useful in fights with a lot of movement. Check back soon!

One Response to “Early Opinions About 1.5 Changes”

  1. muthy Says:

    very cool can’t wait to read the fully detailed guide that’s coming soon!

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