Be the Exception, Not the Rule
Sometimes, you just have to shut your ears to what people tell you about what you can and can’t do. You have to rely on your own experiences and make judgments based on your own feelings toward particular things. Within the context of this blog, it’s hard to write about being a frost mage without thinking of the labels that are constantly thrown at it, thus having a terrible (and as of 3.3.3, unwarranted) reputation as a poor performer.
As such, I try, and keep trying, to perform beyond the expectations of these labels, to prove people wrong, and to solidify my own beliefs that what I do is based on my own choosing, and that following my hunches and feelings are indeed a justifiable outlook in both the game as well as life.
Unfortunately, Frost Magery was given yet another blow to their reputation with the release of an article on wow.com regarding ICC DPS analysis across the DPS specs. I really don’t know what to think of the data provided in that article, but to lessen the blow of what the results actually were, I’ll simplify the numbers by saying that, for the encounters of Festergut and Rotface 25-man normal modes, Frost Mages were in last place in performance, both regarding average performance as well as median top performance.
Apparently, I don’t give a crap.
There are disclaimers in that post that must be taken with heavier consideration than the numbers themselves.
1. “This number does not in any way represent the damage that you can do, or your class can do.”
Simply put, the DPS output by these individuals playing Frost is nowhere near the theoretical DPS output for T9 BiS frost mages. How someone could get 4.5k on Rotface by doing anything OTHER than casting frostbolt, and STILL call it a “top parse” just boggles my mind, especially considering that the average parse is higher than the median (6k versus 4.5k).
2. “Since this data comes from World of Logs, it is not necessarily representative of all raiders.”
Quick fact. I have yet to hear news about a fix to a particular issue involving WoL (or any other site relying on datamining combat logs) being unable to record data from the water elemental pet. For all intents and purposes, every single parse can be anywhere from 700-1000 DPS off from its actual value. Regardless, adding 1k to the averages still put Frost at the back of the pack, but they will not look as bad as they do in that article.
3. “Frost mages and subtlety rogues were severely under-represented in the data, to the extent that the results for these specs are unreliable.”
Then why even bother putting their data in there at all? There is something terribly wrong with trying to compare data from a hideously small sample size to other data sets with acceptable sample sizes. Even more wrong is to alleviate small sample sizes by adding parses under the effects of the 5% buff and comparing THAT set of data to those affected by the 10% buff.
No. Not a fair assessment at all. Even Jackie is disappoint.
4. “This data encompasses all gear levels, all skill levels.”
Unfortunately, gear and skill distribution across different specs within the same class is not even. All the better players flock to the theoretically better specs, leaving the ‘terribads’ to the ‘terribad’ specs. This also means that the better gear goes to the better players, since more successful guilds tend to recruit the more skilled Arcane Mages in favor of the supposedly less skilled Frost Mages, and as such, the Arcanes are exposed to better gear, while Frost Mages have to settle for Frost Emblem gear and T9.
I’d like to see another data set comparing gearscores across all the different specs and classes. I am very sure that you will see another discrepancy in the data that will account for such differences in DPS as well.
Leading By Example
I cannot simply post my own numbers and use them as evidence supporting the viability of Frost Mages in raids. Hell, I’m not even bothering to try and beat a dead horse subject such as this. All I can do is perform, and pray that the raid leader does not kick me because I’m falling behind other players. And so far, I can safely say that I have yet to be tossed out of a raid for my spec. In return, I have pulled my weight at the very least.
Also, posting numbers like this is very good for my ego as well, having been bruised by this particular article.
That’s right. 10k on Festergut, well above and beyond the 7.5 median “best” parse on Festergut in that article. And yes, I rounded to the nearest 100, just as the article did.
All I’m saying is that it requires a bit of effort to look into the information beyond data given, especially if it’s data that seems clear-cut for making decisions such as whether or not to include a particular player based on their spec of choice. While it’s difficult for a person to let go of such biases, it’s just as difficult to be the one responsible for changing their viewpoint on it. But when it does…
…you feel validated as an exceptional person. Fuck the rules, re-write them yourself with your own skill and willpower.