What is the name, class, and spec of your primary dps?
Annmariah, Mage. Currently Arcane, but Fire at heart.
What is your primary dpsing environment? (i.e. raids, pvp, 5 mans)
Raids. 5 mans if I'm lucky and I need to grind emblems, but usually only raiding.
What is your favorite dps spell/ability for your class and why?
Living Bomb! What's a better spell than turning your target into a bomb and having them explode on their friends?
What dps spell do you use least for your class and why?
Ice Lance. I loved using it for that short time I got to play as frost, but now I have to freeze them, then blast them in the face, and it just doesn't happen enough.
What do you feel is the biggest strength of your dps class and why?
Huge amounts of damage. Amazing AOE dps. Generally killing things faster. Also, we have a low learning curve, I think.
What do you feel is the biggest weakness of your dps class and why?
In a raiding situation, only one spec is currently "viable" it is doing tons more dps and there is generally no need for any other specs (at the moment, it's Frost and Fire that don't get any love) and I don't really get to play the spec that I want to, while still doing a good job as a DPSer
In a 25 man raiding environment, what do you feel, in general, is the best dps assignment for you?
Blowing up the boss. I have a pretty short attention span, so if you ask me to do more than one thing at once, then it's certainly being a glutton for punsihment. Plus, I'm a mage. If I'm moving, I'm not doing any damage
What dps class do you enjoy dpsing with most and why?
Warlocks. It always feels like a competition when I am DPSing with a warlock, it's a mental thing, I suppose. Also, they have the crit debuff for the boss that I don't get as an arcaine mage (which I don't have to remember to put up as a fire mage either!)
What tanking class do you enjoy dpsing with least and why?
As much as it's overrated, I have to say Death Knights. It's really hard (at least on my server) to find a good DK tank. Also, I don't think they get aggro in the best way for me as a mage.
What is your worst habit as a dps?
Not switching off the boss to adds.
What is your biggest pet peeve in a group environment while dpsing?
Dying. More specifically, it's dying because DPS aren't doing what they're supposed to (including myself)
Do you feel that your class/spec is well balanced with other dps?
As arcane, Yes! I do a "normal" amount of damage when compaired to everyone else. It's easy to gear for.
As fire? No. any fight where there is movement there is many moments where I'm losing DPS that I just can't get back. Gearing is hard, I have to figure out what the magic haste number is for Fire (which I still haven't figured out)
What tools do you use to evaluate your own performance as a damage dealer?
The boss dying. Recount. Fatality (If I died because of my own fault, or someone elses)
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about your class?
That it's "easy" to play a mage. Sure, it's easy if you just want to play it, but if you want to play it well it takes time and effort.
What do you feel is the most difficult thing for new dpsers of your class to learn?
Hit balance. You need very little hit as an Arcane mage, but the full 17% as a fire mage. It's all about balancing out your gear.
What dps class do you feel you understand least?
Probably the Paladin or rogue, but that's because I've never leveled a toon up in those classes.
What add-ons or macros do you use, if any, to aid you in dps?
Mik's Scrolling Battle Text (useful for Procs) and I use nUI's built in cast timer (It has a latency feature like Quartz does). Also, I've macroed all of my cooldowns to my main spam button as an arcane mage. (PoM, Icy Veins, Trinkets, Arcane Power all to Arcane Blast)
Strength over other stats or balanced stat allocation, and why?
Again, it depends on the class. As arcane, All I need is Spellpower, really. If I go back to fire, I have to balance things out to be useful.