Welcome to the life of a lock on HM Spine. As destro, you going to be (or at least should be, barring others aren't doing terribad) the lowest on tendon dps. Demo is much much better at tendon dps, but with the nerf down to 20%, destro can be viable. But we'll see what we can do to help.
Originally Posted by Badde
First comment, make sure you're doing some sort of direct damage move to the amalg up until his "I'm about to blow up" cast is over. Need to make sure your WoU stacks are at 10 and don't fall off just before you open up on the tendon. During the log you posted, your WoU stacks fell off 3-4 times. Not all were just before a tendon pop, but still need to make sure it's up. There's always something to hit with a fel flame.
I see only 53k dmg from the doomguard. Not good at alllll. You should pop the doomguard during the amalg cast before he blows up for the first lift, first plate. And pop him again on the third plate. Because of this, you MUST put BoD or BoA on the tendon for these two lifts. You already should be putting BoD on the first lift of each tendon anyways. DO NOT pop doomguard during a tendon lift. You MUST pop it before the tendon appears. Otherwise you're wasting a GCD and maybe getting half the benefit from it.
I see you didn't pop Demon Soul for the first lift, but instead the second lift. Demon Soul and Bottled Wishes should be cast during the amalg cast, starting at the first lift. You shouldn't have demon soul for the second lift of each plate, but ALWAYS use it on the FIRST lift of each plate.
Looking at your cast order on the tendons, you seem to be doing.... Immolate > Chaos Bolt > Conflag > Corruption > Incinerate spam. And throw in an instant soulfire sometimes. And on the last two lifts of that log, you also randomly added in BoA. This is all.....very unoptimal. Even for normal rotation, it's off. So let's work on this.
I believe that for like 90% of the people that have struggled on this fight, have found that a macro for tendon dps helps solve much of their problems. So we'll start making one for you. You mentioned "missclicks," so I'm hoping you're not a click caster. If you are, well that will hurt your tendon dps to a degree. Not a HUGE degree, but in the course of your tries, I'd wager it averages out to at least 1 GCD lossed per tendon lift. Which will be yet another reason why a macro will help out.
What your rotation for the tendon needs to involve are: Using soulburn first for 4pc. Getting up Immolate asap. Using the soulburn for an instant soulfire. Conflagrate on CD. Putting up corruption asap next to immo. BoD/BoA based on which lift you're doing. SHADOWFLAME, which means moving into melee range. And incinerate spam. Then chaos bolt. You're not using BoD/BoA correctly, and not using shadowflame at all (which is a huge dps CD)
How you do this, is somewhat up to you. You MUST move into melee range, and with the strat I use, it takes 1-2s to get into melee range. So personally, I start with my dots (corruption/BoD), then I can stop moving and settle into hardcasting.
A macro that I use, starts out as...
If the majority of the time you're still moving in when the tendon appears, I would reccommend instants first for the castsequence. So, something like...
/targetexact Burning Tendons
/cast [target=target, exists] soulburn
Or you could do
/castsequence Corruption, Soul Fire, Immolate, Bane of Doom, Conflagrate, Shadowflame, Incinerate, Incinerate, Incinerate, Chaos Bolt
/castsequence soul fire, immolate, Bane of Doom, conflagrate, Corruption, Shadowflame, Incinerate, Incinerate, Incinerate, Chaos Bolt
*and manually do BoD or BoA (at the beginning after soulburn) based on which lift it is.
/castsequence Immolate, corruption, Conflagrate, soul fire, shadowflame, Incinerate, Incinerate, Incinerate, Chaos Bolt
The point is to develop something that works for your strat, but including the major dps spells you must have since you're not using all of them. And you use Incineratex3 before you use Chaos Bolt, and you never fill the gap between immolate and conflagrate with a cast time spell (you were using chaos bolt between them), you use an instant. Usually BoD, sometimes Corruption.
I have no idea what you mean by not having mastery as best stat. For affliction, you stack haste all the way. For destro, you stack haste up until certain points and then go mastery/crit. For any fight. For spine, you want more haste for each spec because it's about the tendon burst.
Originally Posted by Badde
I hope some of that helps. 90% of the discussions of HM spine for locks involve telling people to go demo, and then discussing demo rotations. I've only seen a small handful of stabs for the "best" cast order for destro, but the spells you must use are the ones I listed. The order just may not be perfect.
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And if you decide you don't want to use a macro for tendon dps, that's PERFECTLY FINE. What truly matters is the order at which you cast the spells and not missing a beat.