Technically, all 3 of my 80s can/are DPS. We’ll ignore Ambrosine’s ret spec, though, because I can still muster nothing but fail in that area.
That leaves me with Jamethera the BM hunter, and Lyrandre and sometimes shadow priest.
Now in Ulduar, my hunter flailed around a bit because there are fights in there that are Not Very Nice towards pets, especially not one’s first time in. If I’d had a bit more experience in there I’m sure I could have learned how to control Suicidal Mutt for each fight and thus been more effective, but…well, it is still not an instance kindly disposed towards BM hunters. I did, however, shadow deeps in there more than once and while I didn’t top the meters I did over 3k and held my own. My priest doesn’t know what top of the meters means, anyway. The best DPS I’ve seen as shadow was 4.9 on Ony (LOL MIND SEAR).
Now take ToC. I was able to bring my hunter into…well, one. But during that one, I was solid DPS and my pet didn’t die at all what the hell. Now when I say “solid DPS” I mean “I was #2 on damage done in a group with admittedly inferior composition”. So, you know, I was some of the least sucky of a group of suck. BUT, that was without any of the buffs that actually make me Not Suck. Anyway. I WASN’T REALLY THAT TERRIBLE. Last night though, due to…odd sign ups, we shifted shit around and I was shadow all night*.
I considered myself lucky if I broke 3k. I was doing the DPS my hunter can do in a favorable FIVE MAN in a TWENTY FIVE MAN RAID. What the FUCK. ToC? Lots of target switching, lots of wanting to burst things down quickly. Shadow priests? No burst. None. I can’t even switch targets and instantly have full DPS, no, I MIGHT hit my full DPS potential by the time the thing is half or three-quarters dead. MIGHT.
I sat there and said to myself, “Self, your lesser geared hunter would have done better in here. What the HELL.”
It wasn’t just one or two fights that there unfriendly to my DPS. It was ALL OF THEM. ALL of them were either “switch targets repeatedly!” fights or “lol get interrupted by crap!” fights. THE ENTIRE GOD DAMNED ISNTANCE GIVES MY SHADOW PRIEST THE MIDDLE FINGER.
Now I’m not the best shadow priest ever, and I’m sure there are shadow priests out there who will read this and go “Well YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG.” But there are others who dual spec shadow in the guild, others who are better than me…and suddenly no one wants to go shadow anymore.
Fuck you too, ToC! Fuck you too!
*So we had a holy priest go tankadin, and a warrior tank go holy paladin, and a tankadin go holy, a disc priest go shadow (because 4 tank healers is overkill). If that sounds confusing, it was. There was logic (mostly related to gear) in there somewhere though, I swear.