From other locks and caster friends, I am hearing a consistent complaint about the current state of their DPS. In these first ICC fights, they are absolutely melee friendly. So melee friendly that even Ghostcrawler acknowledged that they are melee friendly.
Like I have always said…
Melee don’t stack Intellect.
A warrior friend told me once, “The tank needs to move the boss out of the fire. The melee is not so smart and will stand in it.”
I figured that Blizzard saw this as truth. This truth is why they made these first fights the way they did.
I have toiled hours and then more hours reading, respeccing, messing with addons, ultimately trying everything to eek out a smidgen more DPS.
It is not just the fights.
All lock specs are getting a buff. Have gotten a buff. Are being buffed.
As a class, we are getting some attention.
Keep in mind Blizzard is making MASSIVE changes to the lock class in Cataclysm. There will come a point that messing with talents, they plan on wiping out, will not be cost or time effective. I actually thought this time was right now. These buffs were a pleasant surprise.
Let us remember that damage done in a fight is way more important then DPS. (I realized I tend to think damage done and type DPS.)
In the meantime, I am changing the way I look at meters.
Separate into 2 types of DPS.
1. The caster group. (boomkin, locks, mages, spriests.)
2. The melee and hunter group. (rogues, warriors, kitteh, ret pallies, pesky hunters.)
Where do I fall in the caster group? Am I in the top three?
For my 25s this change in how I thought about my damage done was HUGE. If I compare my damage with those in similar situations, then I am in the top three consistently, occasionally even first.
I can make adjustments. I can test things. I can pull out useful information. And get consistent feedback.
If someone is moving better than I, I can watch what they are doing.
If someone is not DPSing adds (*cough* Faid *cough*), it is easy to spot.
If you are getting frustrated with the damage done, make sure you are comparing yourself with those that have similar roles. No apples to oranges comparing.