Open Libram LXXXVII: Mobile Suit Paladin
I'm convinced very few people understand what the puddle does judging by the amount of people that pop CDs on pull instead of waiting for the puddle. Hell, I still see some of it on reg - which is frightening.
If I pop CDs on the pull, I get CDs then, and another set with the second puddle. If I wait, I only get one set of CDs.
There really isn't a clear-cut answer; it's mostly preference, but I really do think that certain fights would favor one over the other.
Every drop of haste is a dps gain for ret and how it works. But play how you want if you feel content everyone is different.
Certainly. Every drop of crit is also a gain, although a smaller one. But most of the value of both trinkets lies in their procs.
We're not just asserting that we like the Primo trinket and therefore it must be competitive. We have considerable data supporting that assertion. The prevailing opinion on this forum (including my own) was that Spark was clearly better and Primordius was garbage, until somebody actually looked at the data, and found that isn't actually true.
Your own profile, for example, sims 184439 DPS with your Spark, and 184318 DPS with an equivalent Talisman. That's, what, .07% DPS difference?
We have data and math; all I'm seeing to counter that is unsupported assertions.
Do you have some empirical data to support your claim? Because bald assertions are even less reliable than sims.
Edit: To the best of my knowledge, Simcraft models procs and RPPM accurately. If you have evidence to the contrary, I'd be interested in seeing it, if you don't mind.
Talisman is a much more friendly proc and in my opinion just flat out superior to spark in a lot of situations. The built in proc protection only ensures 1/10 of your procs on spark, which is infinitely less useful than talismans proc. Spark won't be up on a number of bosses that pop lust almost immediately, making it fairly hard to time. Whereas on an encounter like Heroic Durumu which you typically lust at the start, it's much better to run with the Talisman because everything is up at the start and during lust you can expect 3-5 stacks being up for it's duration.
Point is the trinkets aren't that different and it largely depends on whether it's an encounter where you front load damage or use it at different points. Spark is fairly good on Jin'rokh considering it's likely you will get your 10th stack slightly before, slightly after or right when the puddle spawns.
Also, the "stars align" argument is a one-in-a-thousand type occurrence, and things like SimCraft run several thousand different iterations, average them together, to give you a bigger picture of what's going on that smooths out various RNG factors. You do a fight with Spark and get a few more crits, it's gonna look really good; do the same fight with Primo with fewer crits, it looks bad. But one fight with each is too small a sample size to account for random factors like criticals and procs.
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