The argument is, do Shadow Priests "do good DPS compare[d] to the rest?"Originally Posted by basfish
My response is yes. However, they will never beat a pure DPS class of equal gear and skill in a target dummy battle. The margin, however, of how much "better" a pure DPS class is compared to a Spriest is, well, marginal. Some fights, an Spriest will pull more damage than a mage, other fights a mage will do 15% more damage than an Spriest.
The first comments made on this thread reflected this sentiment. Strykzor pulled out the "negativity" gun by asking those who think "Spriests are a good all round choice for DPS[...] should just stop playing." This is a straight up negative attack. He then continues on by stating the only way an Spriest can be competitive is to "pad damage" and recklessly use Mind Sear. Furthermore, he concludes that anyone who would have died w/o VE during a hardmode attempt is 'bad" and "shouldn't be doing HMs." I find this statement amusing because even the most harcode of progression raiding guilds wouldn't be so elitiest to basically say "if you die ever on any attempt ever u r bad."
It is my belief that if anyone thinks Spriests are so broken in PvE as to say they are NOT competitive DPS, they are either playing with other DPS who are exceptionally more geared or skilled, or that they have such a mental block on the subject, it prevents them from performing to their greatest capacity.
I hope this response is less "negative." What I would ask of you is to read the posts previously to see for yourself who cast the first stone. If you agree with Strykzor that Spriests are broken and uncompetitive with other DPS classes, then I respect your position. However, do not chastise others for being curt with an individual who picked the fight. I would ask you to not defend someone's behavior because you agree with his argument. Accusing others of being "negative," while defending the individual who first dragged the discussion into negativity, is hypocritical.