What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps?
Spazmoosifer, Priest, Shadow (13/0/58)
Spazknight, Death Knight, currently Blood/Unholy
What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Spazmoosifer: Mostly 10 & 25-man raids, with the occasional 5-man run.
Spazknight: Primarily 5-man instances and some 10-man raids.
What is your favorite dps spell/ability for your class and why?
Spazmoosifer: I don't have one particular spell or ability that I like necessarily more than others. I do like the synergy between various spells, for example, I love the fact that Vampiric Touch and Mind Blast work together for replenishment, while Mind Flay and Shadow Word: Pain mix well too.
Spazknight: Prior to the changes to Unholy Blight, that would have been my favorite ability, however, I have become rather fond of Hysteria lately, which I like to cast on other melee DPS in order to help out the entire group.
What dps spell do you use least for your class and why?
Spazmoosifer: Shadow Word: Death has pretty much fallen out of my casting priority all together, except when I am running into a fight and need a filler spell. The reason being is that other spells generally take a higher priority due to higher damage gains, and I don't suffer the backlash (that can kill you on some fights like Hodir if not managed properly).
Spazknight: I have the horrible tendency to not use Rune Strike at all. Though I am planning on adding it to my macros in order to make it more of a "without thinking" kind of ability.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why?
Spazmoosifer: Shadow priests are amazingly adaptive, especially with the ability to switch to healing on a whim. When played properly, a well geared shadow priest can surprise even seasoned veteran DPSers.
Spazknight: The biggest strength of a death knight, in my opinion, is their ability to switch from a DPSer to a Tank with little more than a gear change, and likewise, a DK Tank can easily switch to DPS if necessary.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why?
Spazmoosifer: Shadow priests have had consistent issues with scaling for quite a long time. A result of these issues is that in lower tiers of content, they are very much sought after, and become less sought after when moving to higher tier content.
Spazknight: Death knights are still a baby when it comes to the evolution of the information that is available when compared to other classes. This is due to both being the newest available class, as well as the fact that there are many more options available for talent trees when compared to other classes, allowing for a wide variety of game play.
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you?
Spazmoosifer: Because I think it is the biggest strength of the shadow priest, I believe that any assignment that I am given is appropriate, as long as the raid leader is assigning other DPS to appropriate roles. If I am asked to single target DPS, I will single target DPS like a mad man. If I am asked to AoE DPS, I will wipe them all out.
Spazknight: Because I am less comfortable overall with my death knight, I do prefer to do more single target damage. Specifically, if the target is moving very little, or moving around but slowly, I can usually keep up with others.
What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why?
Spazmoosifer: When playing on my shadow priest, I absolutely love DPSing with Warlocks and Boomkins. The buffs that they provide help increase my overall damage by a lot if the players know what they are doing.
Spazknight: Because Hysteria is my current favorite ability, I absolutely love throwing it on a warrior. It is even more fun when they don't quite realize what is going on.
What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why?
Spazmoosifer: I actually don't like mages when it comes to DPS, as they seem like they are overly self focused as a class, though I do appreciate the biscuits and intellect buff I get from them. Also, the fact that mages seem to be able to get much higher on the DPS charts with a lot less trouble is rather annoying, along with the fact that many of them have issues controlling their threat, and end up dying.
Spazknight: Paladins. Never liked DPSing with them...not quite sure why.
What is your worst habit as a dps?
Spazmoosifer: My worst habit (and possibly most beneficial to the raid as a whole) is that I am very willing to stop DPSing and begin healing if I determine it is necessary. I am not sure, but I think that this may annoy some people, especially when all it does is prolong a wipe.
Spazknight: Pulling aggro, but not by overtaking the tank in threat. Rather I don't rely on the tank always having a taunt, etc. on cooldown when another DPSer pulls threat, so I will try to bring the target back via Death Grip.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing?
Spazmoosifer: People that don't move out of the fire. If you are running DBM or BigWigs, you should never have a problem with this if it is set up properly. Move your ass out of the fire, and pay attention.
Spazknight: Not getting heals. A lot of times, melee DPS are given less priority because of their relative location compared to the tanks. However, I do appreciate those healers that use their "smart" heals, such as Circle of Healing or Chain Heal.
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps?
Spazmoosifer: I actually don't feel that the shadow priest is balanced well with other DPS classes. Blizzard has made the comment that "hybrid" classes should have lower DPS than "pure" classes, which I am completely okay with. I do have a problem, however, when a DPS class that is more than one tier under me is able to throw out more damage during a fight.
Spazknight: I don't really feel comfortable with giving a definitive answer to this, as I have just recently picked up on playing my death knight again, though from what I have seen, I think the class is relatively well balanced when compared to the other melee DPS classes.
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a damage dealer?
Spazmoosifer: I use a number of tools to evaluate my performance, including Recount, World of Logs, WoWMeterOnline, ShadowFriend, doing DPS testing on target dummies, and keeping a mental note of where my performance was previously on encounters.
Spazknight: Because I play my death knight more casually than my priest, the only real tool that I use to evaluate my performance is Recount.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
Spazmoosifer: The biggest misconception about shadow priests is that they cannot compete with other classes in DPS. There have been numerous times when I have gotten whispers asking how I am so high on the "DPS meters". I believe that this misconception comes from people that don't spend the time to learn how to properly play the class. Just a note for people: if you know your class, you can beat out others on the meters.
Spazknight: Death knights are overpowered. While at the beginnings of the class, the death knight was indeed overpowered, which was a class balancing issue. Now after people have geared up more, and Blizzard has implemented changes, the classes seem much more balanced.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn?
Spazmoosifer: The most difficult thing for new shadow priests is how to manage your spells when casting. The biggest problem that I see is that people don't know how to manage the various DoTs, and casting spells at inopportune times, causing a loss of DPS.
Spazknight: Many people playing death knights switch over from being casters, and managing the runic power along with the runes can be a major issue.
What dps class do you feel you understand least?
Paladins are probably my least understood DPS class, this is likely due to the fact that I have never played a paladin, and during my play time, I have actually run with relatively few paladin DPSers.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps?
I am what I like to call an add-on-aholic. All together, I have 82 different add-ons installed right now. However, I am constantly switching between add-ons, getting rid of the ones I don't like, and finding new ones. However, if I were to recommend any add-ons to aid in DPS, I would say the Forte group of add-ons are spectacular (and were actually created by people on my server which is pure win).
Strength over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?
For both my priest and my death knight I try to keep my stats pretty well balanced, and watch the areas where there are "caps" in place (such as hit, expertise, etc.) so that I don't stray too far away from those "cap" values. I do keep more up to date on my priest by regularly viewing the forums over at ShadowPriest.com.