I've been a bit down of late on my performance in dungeons. My team is doing splendidly and the 3.0.2 patch really helped us perform better and see things we couldn't before. As a whole I would say I'm pro-patch because of the boost it gave us as a team.
My problem is more focused on my personal performance. When I picked my spec, I tried it out on a couple heroics and saw I could still kill things quickly and contributed well to the success of the 5-man and thought I'd done well. I do not get this same feeling with the 10-man.
Part of this could be ego and I'm not denying it. I worked hard to earn the items I have and to go from being first or second on DPS lists to 5th is depressing. Last night I barely beat out our Paladin tank for damage and that's just wrong. At least he's not just hitting hard, he's keeping attention of the monster. My only job is to damage things and I'm only doing a marginally better. I think I'm doing something wrong.
I am currently full Arcane, see my armory listing for reference. I'm rotating spells in a Arcane Blast > Arcane Missile > Arcane Barrage type fashion. I'm making use of Missile Barrage whenever I see it proc. I thought I had a rotation that was working well for me but I'm just not pumping out the numbers like I used to. I know everything is changed but with the patch that made everyone "over-powered" I feel a little nerfed and realize I must of made a wrong turn somewhere.
I've tried deep frost before and I'm just too much of a ditz to use that with any success. I constantly forget to use my pet. Stupid I know but I do. To keep it simple I just opted to not give myself that frustration. I'm willing to put a sticky note in the middle of my screen to remind me if this spec is any better.
I've never specced for fire and am really sort of clueless of how to use it. I guess out of laziness I decided to skip this line. I'm willing to learn.
Now I'm just staring at my DPS and bemoaning the days when I could do so much more. I need to make a change. I'm not a theorycrafter. All these sites that go over every decimal point of damage just confuses me. I just want to be able to feel like I do damage again. I don't need to be #1 on any dps chart. I just need to be able to look at it and say "Hey that's not bad!" Being better than the tank would be a plus.
So if any of you mage smarties out there has some advice for me, I'm all ears. Leave me a comment. Shoot me an email. Link me your post that shows me the light! I want it all!