Ug I never said splinters is always the superior ability to spam in fact if there was a single highest theoretical dps ability to spam it would be Zombie Bears in which all bears hit the target multiple times, in a world of infinite mana this would be king.
I stated that splinters is a higher dps more mana efficient ability than Rain of Toads. You are attempting to obfuscate this fact by adding confounding factors such as mana regen.
Seems to me that you said in a previous post that "Anyways like I said use what you like but splinters are irrefutably better single target more efficient dps." So you did in fact claim splinters was better and i proved you wrong on which is superior in single target dps as well as the obvious multi-target (which is why were still discussing this). Either that, or you acknowledge that RoT is superior in multi-target situations (anything but boss fights mostly) in which case why make an argument in this thread over a skill based on the assumtion of it being used for single target dps when the most difficult part of the game are the rare and elite packs of mobs?
Theoretically Zombie Bears would be the highest dps, but we don't have infinite mana and none of my claims are theoretical, they are statements of fact. I am able to sustain using RoT in the paramaters that I described, whereas using bears is unrealistic without VQ and mana regen gear and isn't even a part of this conversation at all.
This is essentially your argument:
Well I can spam Rain Of Toads all day in my current gear. Rain of Toads is clearly the better choice.
Well not everyone has your exact gear and your evidence is anecdotal and situational. While you may be able to regen enough mana to spam RoT this in no way indicates that all WD can stand still and spam RoT. In fact splinters is more mana efficient and does more
damage for the mana cost.
You have a very difficult time separating yourself from your own personal situation and viewing this in a more objective manner.
Your whole argument this whole time has been about how mana efficient splinters is compared to RoT and how superior it is in terms of dps. Goin as far as to try and make calculations with incorrect factors (blatantly showing how my logic proves that RoT is superior dps even in single target). All that I am doing is simply refuting your claims by showing you that just because it is more mana efficient doesn't mean that its combat effecient. Great i can spam splinters all day and never go oom, or i can use some mana by tossing in toads, do more dps and still not go oom. Which do you choose?
I've also actually never once said i sit and spam rain of toads all day. Have you even read my posts? I've stated that Rain of Toads is complimentary damage that WHEN USED together with splinters, is higher dps than splinters alone and far superior in multi target situations. I also specifically stated the rotation and how i use it (with NO mana regen at all on my gear)
Here's links to my gear slots that would have mana regen:
Helm - http://imgur.com/H1nUW,p6GZ6,bSGAg#0
Offhand - http://imgur.com/H1nUW,p6GZ6,bSGAg#1
Mainhand - http://imgur.com/H1nUW,p6GZ6,bSGAg#2
As you can see there is no mana regen whatsoever. 28.8 regen is baseline with having spiritual attunement passive. (Without Spiritual attunement regen is 20 per sec still costing you 0 mana to spam splinters)
Youre claiming that I havent viewed this topic in an objective manner, but I think that it's you are are not being objective in the matter. I you could step back from your mana efficiency perspective and realize what im telling you, to suppliment your dps, you'd have a much easier time grasping this concept. Aside from that, you shouldn't contribute to a topic on a particular skillset that you yourself don't have knowledge of and havent used in inferno. All you're doing is theorycrafting. Go out and do some farm runs with it, try it for yourself before you come in here and tell people that splinters are far superior, because they are not.