And I don't think this process is a total waste of time, and certainly including real reviewable data in to the conversations helps to keep the communication practical. So people will realize that this is not a prove your opinion and Blizzard will act based on that, but a back up your opinion with data so we have a realistic conversation and not just speculation so that the developers can potential weed on out whiners versus those with opinions based on real experience, then all good.
I have posted our logs for those who care to look.
The #1 frustration for me is that the nerf to CM set me back to the beginning of the tier in terms of stability. When we started out, I would do well on some pulls, not so well on others. I would see our other dps gain dps as we learned the fight and my dps seemed to be a total crap shoot. As time went by, and people geared up (including me) I saw my dps not only go up, but stabilize. I would be more consistent from pull to pull on progression bosses. I was able to learn the fights and improve my personal performance, just like everyone else.
I spent a month at or near the bottom in my raid group. I still remember the first fight I actually was top dps (aside from our tank) on a kill. I was elated!
Last monday (pre 5.1) I was sitting on about 31% crit raid buffed. I finally had enough crit to be able to play with some of my secondary stats without feeling that I was going to go back into the crap shoot that was early 5.0.5. It felt good to be able to fight with my fellow raiders for that top dps spot! I felt I was contributing, and I didn't feel like I was holding us back any longer. 31% crit meant an expected crit rate of about 42%. This allowed me to move more freely. It allowed me to not have to stress out so much when combustion was coming off CD because I knew that it would probably be *soon* when I could put up a good combustion. It made the spec play the way a spec should; You had opportunity to play well, and you had opportunity to capitalize on those opportunities to improve your performance. In short, it allowed a good mage to be good.
After the hotfix to fix scaling, I was still in the same gear. I had 31% crit raid buffed, but now, I was looking at 35% expected crit. I wasn't as mobile. I was stressing out about combustion coming off CD - mostly due to seeing 15k ignites for the past 10 seconds...
To get back to that 42% expected crit, I now need 36.6% crit. This *may* be obtainable in full heroic gear, but more than likely it will be in the middle to the end of the next tier before I am able to reach that level again. That to me is unacceptable. To have a spec that flows, and to have that flow dashed seemingly on a whim (hotfix), knowing that it won't flow that way until the next tier, and not being able to do a thing about it are disheartening and frustrating.
Logs are all fine and dandy, but people will generally post logs to fit their opinion. "I say I do less, so here are logs that prove it" or "I say we're fine, so here's logs to prove it". People are posting LFR logs. People are posting specific logs from specific fights. It really becomes as meaningless and empty as someone saying "I went down 20%" or "I stayed the same".
I look to something more unbiased. Raidbots for example. Its a sampling of all of the parses. There is no single person trying to prove an agenda there. Its all about the data. If you pull 25n and look at the last 2 weeks, Fire dropped from 2nd (behind combat rogues) to 3rd. If you limit it to just the last week (which still includes pulls from before the hotfix), Fire drops to 8th.
By this time next week, I would expect it to drop even further. Which is sad.