You have zero DPS when you are dead. Staring at the floor of the dungeon admiring how much detail Blizzard put into the room. You are trying to avoid that one percent wipe. Since you are a fantastic DPSer you know how to stay alive. A Shadow Bolt leaves your fingers, but your screen shows…
Well that is not good. You have to HIT the boss to DPS the boss.
For warlocks (all casters, I guess that includes mages... but whatever) it is really easy… we have to pay attention to the hit rating on our gear.
Wowwiki.com tells us that no matter what level our chance to hit and miss is the following.
|Boss level||Chance to Hit||Chance to Miss|
Today, after 3.0, you can reach 100% hit. If you reach the hit cap it is possible for your spells to never miss.
Prior to 3.0 you would hit cap at 99%. Everyone would have a 1% chance to miss with a spell. At level 70 our magic number was 215 hit for Kara. Now we have new numbers to focus on.
You will also STILL need to stack hit rating to reduce your miss chance further. You will put points into those talents for now. The goal is to move them out of those talents as you build your hit rating gear. (edit: You may keep these points for secondary reasons.)
Each percentage of hit requires 26.23 hit rating at level 80. To hit cap you will need to round up so that you have 100% hit or more.
|Chance to Miss||Hit Rating||Hit Cap Rating|
So what is your hit rating goal at level 80? It depends. *grin*
Goal – 5 mans
We need enough hit to overcome a 6% miss rate. From the above table that is a 158 hit cap rating. If you have the talent points to increase your chance to hit by 3%, you need to overcome a 3% miss rate. You will need 79 hit cap rating.
Goal – 10/25 mans
We need enough hit to overcome a 17% miss rate. From the above table that is a 446 hit cap rating. If you have the talent points to increase your chance to hit by 3%, you need to overcome a 14% miss rate. You will need 368 hit cap rating.
|Boss level||Chance to Miss||Hit Cap Rating||Hit Cap Rating (3% talents)|
Keep in mind what your personal situation is when you play. Pick the number that is right for your game time. Anyone who tells you that 446 is the ONLY hit cap rating is W.R.O.N.G. and now you know why.
Also NOT having a 100% hit rate is not bad. We survived all of BC at level 70 being at 99%. Lots and lots of bosses died in that time. Don't sweat about it. If you do, you will start stinking up the place. I have enough trouble with all the undead locks around here. They need to keep their mucus to themselves is all I am saying.
For an additional perspective check out Mystic Chicanery or The Warlocks Den.