After that we decided to get the recount addon so we could check his DPS, thinking that might have been why. According to recount my DPS tends to be around 80-100 (we're level 20) but his is barely getting over 50.
We thought maybe it was the spec, so he switched from fire to arcane, but that didn't change anything. Granted the way leveling goes we outlevel the zones before finishing the quests, so end up with gear that ranges from level 6 to current, but I'm in the same boat, maybe with one or two better items. But I don't think that should make so much of a difference at just level 20.
Anyway, I guess my question is are mages at this low level actually less DPS than other classes? Can his gear really effect his DPS that much to make it half what mine is? And would a level 18-20 dungeon group really care so much about DPS that they would kick someone for it like that? I can understand kicking stragglers at the high levels where it matters, but in a level 20 dungeon?
Anyway, I'm trying to figure this out because he is pretty discouraged, being new to the game and all, but he is really enjoying it and I would hate for this to ruin his experience. Any suggestions?