And really, triple dps is frowned upon since s9, it's just stupid and everyone will hate you for playing it.
need a rouge for smokebomb imo
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I've played a fair share of games with triple dps just for lols this season and i can confirm you this: Triple dps viability will not return anytime soon.
Reason 1: No more RLS and shadowplay. Triple dps comp countered these comps very well because they lacked proper peels and burst in cata. Shaman would still be a good kill target for 3 dps but it seems resto druids and holy paladins are all over the place currently. KFC and Godcomp counter 3 dps very hard. There is no real reason to presume that RLS will be top comp next season. Most likely it's KFC and Godcomp again.
Reason 2: Peels. If someone hasn't already noticed, the amount of peels hunters, warriors, mages and shadow priests can do in MoP is insane. If they go full peel mode, it's impossible to kill anyone.
Reason 3: Burst in arenas. Most teams outside 3 dps were not about burst in season 11. 3 dps along with other ret cleaves like vanguards cleave were. They could easily force cooldown and get kills while ret was able to heal trough the damage. Now you get gibbed in the first warbringer stun, stampede zergs the shit out of you in seconds, feral spams ravage and drops one of the 3 in matter of seconds and Fire mage blows you up in 2 globals.
Reason 4: Ret is not what it used to be. Ret lost sacred shield, last word and WoG heals for only a bit more now than it did in cata when we had 1/3 of the health. Sacred shield absorb with the increased healing bonus combined with almost 100% crit made ret survive better. Now ret can't survive long enough anymore for the team to outlast anyone. Bubble is our only real def cd now and every team has a warrior or a shadow priest and they'll take out bubble in seconds and boom the game ends faster than it begins. Ret offheals are also nowhere near the effectiveness of cata. Selfless healer stacks to 3 in 16-18 seconds with good uptime and 1 flash of light heals your mate for about 50-60% of his health with crit, half of that noncrit. WoG in cata was available every 5 seconds and healed for 70-80% of someones health with cds and almost always crit for low health targets.
Reason 5: Healers got more cds and cc. Holy paladin now has double HoP and HoS combined with blinding light and repentance. Druids got symbiosis which adds ridiculous stuff like ice block, intimidating shout, dispersion etc to ferals and resto. Everyone also has instant cyclone now, typhoon to knock you down in 50% of the maps and new cc tier full of instant cc. Displacer beast is a life saver and ironbark is just another def cd, tree form got buffed to godmode. Shamans gained ascendance, healing tide was buffed, they got a new aoe stun totem(overall still the only real kill choise healer atm). Disc priests are rare in arenas and haven't had a chance to play against any of them.
Many of you forget that this game as evolved too much for something like triple dps to be fully viable. At least ret/rogue/x comps won't do it anymore. It's not only about ret and rogue being weak atm, it's about some comps having so much offensive and defensive power and noone except shamans and dks being free kills anymore.
Last edited by Johnmatrix; 2013-02-18 at 06:14 PM.
Triple dips opens... Eats a Aoe fear entire team trinkets into a ring of frost. Triple dps fails.
Shaman + Ret + Mage
Just sayin it will be viable for more than capping conquest like some people here doesnt seem to think.
The question is; How does one define viable? Does viable mean getting 2200? Gladiator? Rank 1?
Before discussing something we should first define the issue we are discussing in the first place.
TLDR; Will triple dps be 2200/gladiator-viable in 5.2? Yes. Will it be rank1-viable? I really doubt it.
The difference now is everyone has crazy defenses triple dps raped rls due to the fact that in cata sap sham kill lock in opener or other way around sap lock destroy shammy. They almost have to go for the Healer now due to defenses and with as good as rogues are in 5.2 and locks being able to dot everyone instantly I just don't see it being as viable as it sw to be.
As someone else stated the classes that could run triple dps will have better options with other comps.
I wonder if we should start redefining "viable"? In the past 2200 was a good cutoff because that was where the elite weapons came in. Then came RBG and that has basically stopped being a valid indicator anymore. There are so few teams doing arena right now, and even fewer at high ratings. Also, because of the RBG plague it feels like what was once 2200 rating is now closer to 1800-1900. There seems to have been a natural push downward as PvP has lost most of the scrubs and shed a lot of the player base due to one thing or another.
I honestly would love to see Blizzard's numbers on rankings per season, I would wager that every season the average rating drops.
Anyway, I think if a team can get to the 2k range now it is viable because of the amount of good and geared players in the 1700-1900 range.
Playing dpriest last season ~ 1950 mmr, trip dps was everywhere, and it sucked. I would get killed through PS and Barrier in the opener, sometimes it being unavoidable. I hope it does not return.
However, with burst even higher, I imagine it will be back. Johnmatrix, part of the problem is that trip dps goes unpeelable for a length of time. Rets often use bubble in opener, rogues use cloak, hunters will BW, dk's will IBF, all will trinket the first thing that hits them. I dont know what monks have for cc breakers, but if they have anything effective, add ROP to the equation and its going to suck playing against monk triple dps teams.
Triple DPS will hit priests just as hard as before, and will hit shamans even harder, as they cant link in silences. Paladins with bubble and druids with blink/treeform will probably not be in nearly as much trouble, however.
I don't know why this is even up for discussion still.
The only reason triple DPS may be good in 5.2 is because of people who aren't that great at Arena not understanding how to peel.
Triple DPS at 800 rating = Extremely viable
Triple DPS at 1500 rating = Pretty viable
Triple DPS at 1850 rating = Okay
Triple DPS at 2000 rating = Bad
Triple DPS at 2200 rating = Awful
Triple DPS at 2400 rating = Non-existant
There is better comps to play. Every class will have a comp that is better for reaching higher rating, so why nerf themselves and play a completely scum comp? The only reason people would play trip dps is at <1500 rating is to cap conquest, and even then it'd probably be better off just making the ret go holy.