Because Inquisitor is too mainstream
And by guide to "max" dps I mean guide to "maximum reward/work ratio"... you know, for us lazy/normal people. Think of this as more of a tool or a "crutch" to help you get back on track if you lose your focus in a fight... or if its 4am and you're raiding drunk you can follow it blindly and still do half-decent! If you already pull awesome dps with shaman you can use this to give your brain a rest while you deal with mechanics with less stress. If you are clueless about shaman then this will hold your hand and walk you through what to do.
To strip it down to its barest form, this guide is a Karuul alert set that will tell you what button you should probably push next.
First, the spec: http://rift.zam.com/en/stc.html?t=00...RIRGkfz.VV.-11
61 Shaman - Duh
5 Inq - Spellpower and a crit buff, whats not to like?
10 Druid -10% to instants, 10% wisdom (or 5% damage if your crit power or gear is low)
Second, and most importantly, you'll need Karuul alert: http://www.curse.com/addons/rift/karuulalert
Skills you should probably have on your bar:
Originally Posted by Self BuffsROTATIONOriginally Posted by Situational Skills
Choose your Difficulty:
"Peice of Cake" - Come on! You're better than this.
(4 button shaman, basics)
"Let's Rock" - You should probably just play Inquisitor...
(5 button shaman, basics + cooldowns)
"Come Get Some" - Don't worry, button mashing is a legit strategy!
(6 button shaman, basics, cooldowns, vex)
"Damn I'm Good" - I don't know how to put this, but you're kind of a big deal.
(7 button shaman, basics, cooldowns, vex, and EoL)
Step 1) Install Karuul alert and type /kalert
Step 2) Then go to File > Import Set and copy/paste the karuulalert set from the rotation you've chosen
Step 3) Adjust the numbers to match your hotkeys. Double click each alert on the left hand side and change the value of the text field in the upper right corner to the hotkey you have that ability or macro set to. I've posted the numbers that correspond to each macro in the rotation guide above. EX: if your physical macro is now on hotkey #2 you'll need to change every alert that says "5" to a "2".
Step 4) change the X and Y coordinates if needed (not suggested to move them by hand)
Step 5) start with cooldowns(if applicable) and Frozen wrath.
Step 6) Once you're in combat you'll see the indicator that will tell you which skill to use next shifting back and forth between physical and non-physical attacks
Step 7) press buttons -> win
Well, unfortunately there is no macro that can tell you exactly what to push in order to get absolute highest dps. This system will hopefully help you learn the rotation so that eventually you won't even need to look at it. Here are a few tricks that i've noticed using this for the past couple of weeks:
- Cooldown timing is everything; i've been able to parse over 15k with a super simple rotation by just getting the timing of the cooldowns to line up with MB, FW, LH, and RoS. If you screw up the rotations your dps will drop by hundreds. This is one of the only things that this macro cannot do.
- Always use your physical attacks with the frostbite buff up, especially massive blow.
- Don't use rush of strength when massive blow is up or about to be off cooldown. These macros will line that up for you but it helps to pay attention as the system is not perfect.
- It helps to change your Karuul alert settings to "safer"
- Feel free to modify these alerts as you see fit. If you don't like weaving in a certain skill just disable its alert.
There are many nuances to getting that elusive 15.5k parse (in pts gear) but a lot of it comes down to crit RNG. Hopefully this guide helps you get there.
PS. Props to you if you get the pop culture references!