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DPS Survey meme

Happy Thursday!

Here are my answers to the DPS survey meme from ( that has been making the rounds...

What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps?
Anexxia, shadow priest.

What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
10- and 25-man raids.

What is your favorite dps spell/ability for your class and why?
Mind Sear. MWAHAHAHAHA. Watching Ony's whelps blow up with it is immensely gratifying.

What dps spell do you use least for your class and why?
I never use any of my holy damage spells. Unless I am running someone through SFK which has a few of those pesky shadow resistant worgen.

What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why?
We bring a number of buffs to the raid (fort, sirit, shadow protection, replenishment, raid-wide incremental healing from VE), good DPS, and a sexy shadowform to boot! So, in short, we bring the sexy.

What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why?
Lack of burst DPS. When heroism/bloodlust goes up...I just get to mindflay faster. This looks to be somewhat addressed in 3.3 as far as haste affecting DoT ticks.

In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you?
Anything that involves quickly dispatching a bunch of pesky adds, unless you want me dispelling the boss, in which case that needs to be my DPS assignment as well.

What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why?
Elemental shamans are an excellent compliment to any caster's firepower, if we can stay in range of their yummy totems. And of course, Boomkins. And mages if they give me their focus magic...

What tanking class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why?
I love pally tanks - they never kvetch about how we need to single target DPSing packs of mobs. Alas, many of the druid tanks post-Wrath have been more likely to have issues keeping aggro on multiple mobs, and tell us things like "no AOE!" Which makes me sad, and gives me poor DPS since low health mobs don't give the DoTs time to tick if we are focus firing them in order.

What is your worst habit as a dps?
I panic shield low-life DPSers, and pp out and heal if a healer goes down in raids.

What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing?
Being micromanaged by non-shadowpriest players as to what spells I should be using. No thx. And being told to silence, even after reminding folks multiple times that it's a PvP talent that I didn't put points in for raiding.

Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps?
My guild's raids of late have been optimized for melee DPS, which significantly decreased my overall damage. It would be nice if my personal performance was not impacted by the rarity of an elemental shaman, boomkin or unholy DK in our raids.

What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a damage dealer?
Recount and WMO.

What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
That shadow priest = sucky DPS. In our 10s, our top 3 are a tight pack, and I am usually second place after my SO's DK. And when our 25s have been more balanced, I've also consistently been top 3. Of course, we have barely scratched the surface of hard modes, and only in 10s, so that may be why mmmv.

What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn?
DoT management. I think folks put up SW:P before having 5 stacks of shadow weaving, and clip DoTs or let them fall off.

What dps class do you feel you understand least?
Paladin. I have one at level 20, but I am a ranged caster at heart. So paladins confuzzled me.

What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps?
Quartz castbar to help me see how latency is affecting my cast time.

Strength over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?
Spellpower, spellpower, spellpower. With our DoT baesd rotations, you want as much bang for your buck on each tick, with SP being your best buy stat-wise.

I'm too late to the party on this to tag anyone!