So on spine of deathwing, i have noticed my damage seems a bit low on the tendons compared to the rest of my raid if i use dots on the Tendons. Also with 3 391 tier pieces is it worth it to switch to t13 397 gear?
Something that is helping us is setting a Main assist. The issue with dots is you need the time so the shorter the duration your on the tendon the worse they become. By setting a main assist you can target that players target ( he should be using a macro to focus burning tendon as soon as it pops) and start blowing it up. My dps was low because i was losing 4-5 sec before i was actually getting on the tendon(by clicking on nameplates) this frees up those GCD's so you get your dots up then start blowing up the tendon.
Using a main assist is a piss poor way of DPSing. Don't rely on anyone else to "carry" you. Use "V bars" (enemy nameplates) and be more aware. As soon as you can target the tendon, do so. Don't wait for someone else.
I also noticed both my dps and my fellow shadowpriest's dps was lowest on spine, namely being 15th and 17th. (Warlock was 16th). I get the feeling that dot and ramp-up classes will struggle here.
I dont really understand why though. Mindspike / Mindmelt / Mindblast were all to fix that. I roll dots on the amalgamatialgoadkmaotion down to x%, and mindspike current targets, either blood or breaking a firey grip. Also doing full rotation on tendon, making sure ES is prepped for it and saving CDs for this part. You would think that would put us higher on the charts. My guess is all of the other classes that get to go cleave happy.
Warlock guildie was saying that there was the same issue being discussed on 'lock forums