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I enjoy the extra pathing disruption spiders cause. Poison dart will give you the higher single target dps (especially runed), but I enjoy using [Leaping] spiders since I can carelessly toss jars into a pack being held at bay by my dogs. For those that get too close to me I use Firebats.
Splinter runed darts actually do higher DPS than spiders as well as being instant. However, they are not a lob attack, do poison damage, and don't cause the AI pathing interruption of spiders.
I'm going barbed darts until I can rune Spirit Barrage for mana regen at level 23 and use it as my primary attack.
PS: elective mode is the only way to play.
Edited by brinebold#1864 on 5/15/2012 11:54 AM PDT
84 Tauren Druid
Base spiders doing all damage to one monster:
16% * 2 attacks * 4 spiders = 128% weapon damage
Base poison dart if DoT can tick:
If attacking once per second (overwriting the DoT being assumed)
Therefore Base Spiders > Base Dart for single target spamming.
Leaping Spiders (all hits one monster):
19% * 2 attacks * 4 spiders = 152% weapon damage
Splinters (all hits same monster):
60% * 3 = 180% weapon damage
Therefore Splinters > Leaping Spiders for single target spamming.
Spiders give pathfinding difficulties on mobs though, and can be cast "Around corners", so when it comes down to Leaping vs Splinters it is more about personal choice.
Edit: Two more considerations:
1. You cannot directly control what a spider attacks, causing damage to be spread out over a group in most cases.
2. Poison Dart is easier to damage Monsters with while on the run.
Spiders = lower, continuous damage over time
Darts = Higher, instant damage
Edited by Randomorph#1252 on 5/15/2012 12:08 PM PDT
So maybe runed spiders will rock.
Not really. They add some decent utility. Nothing other than the slow is particularly great though. If you're looking for DPS, none of the runes put it close to splinters until blazing spiders at level 55 (which puts it significantly above splinters).
Edited by brinebold#1864 on 5/15/2012 12:12 PM PDT
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