At what point does solar become better? I was under the impression that with the way the numbers work, there never really is a point where solar is better enough to make switching the rotation worthwhile.
Well, from the testing I did on the 80 heroic test dummies for about 2 hours yesterday.
I found that on average in my gear I was doing about 3500-3700 dps on a heroic dummy with a solar eclipse. This is with about 26% crit and 2300 spell power and 301 haste.
I put on my lunar gear and found I would do an average of 4000-4400 dps pending the rng. I did this with about 23% crit, 2200 spell power and 543 haste. I was also able to keep my mana pool longer and kept a sustained damage.
The conclusion that I came to is that with this set of tier gear and loot from ulduar solar is viable when you have BiS. You get something like 3300 spell power and 29-30% crit.
Solar is doable yes but you'll have lower dps until you either reach BiS for solar or until t9 raids come out with higher crit items.
I have this really good feeling that t9 will be when it becomes viable, blizzard will understand that instead of spirit on our gear, we want secondary stats such as crit/haste and not spirit/hit.
One little addendum for you all. I am the proud owner of the Heartbreaker achievement. XT 10 man hardmode clear. It honestly wasn't that hard. Also we we're attempting IC hardmode with steelbreaker last and got him to 5% and our priest was overkilled by..... SIXTY THREE DAMAGE.
I had to leave after that attempt so my group proceeded to 9 man auriya and hodir.
Edit: One more thing! I got eye of the brood mother trinket, it's sexy as hell. In 10 man I was buffed up to 2859 spell power with my trinket pushing me to something like 3360 during eclipse. I love elemental shamans. Edited, Jun 13th 2009 10:22am by ArexLovesPie