I apologize for the lack of content lately. I have been extremely busy, but I promise to get back on a regular update of content starting now. Lets get down to business shall we?
Today we are going to talk about the soft haste cap for arcane mages in 4.2, why its important to reach this cap, and what the cap actually is. The arcane soft haste cap is based around bloodlust or heroism or timewarp :). The idea is to get your haste high enough so when bloodlust/heroism/timewarp is popped your arcane blast 4 stack cast will be exactly 1 second. Now your first question is why is this important. With tons of intellect being added due to firelands gear haste and mastery are extremely competitive. Having a one second arcane blast time during lust will surely give you a really nice dps boost during your burn phase. A lot of people have asked me why 1.0 seconds exactly? Why not less than 1 second? If your arcane blast cast time goes below 1 second you will be doing what is called Global cooldown clipping. If your cast time goes below 1 second its actually a dps loss. Since there is a global cooldown between arcane blast casts your actually losing cast time. So remember the goal is one second. The next question is what are the haste ratings required to reach these levels.
If you have your tier 11 4 piece bonus the haste rating required is 857. If your a goblin its 712. 4 piece tier 11 gives you a 10% cast reduction time on arcane blast so you can basically reforge everything into mastery and get pretty close. Probably a little bit over the cap depending on what gear you have. Before I picked up my tier 12 4 piece i had 10% haste and almost 29% mastery. With those numbers I was able to keep up with mages who had a much higher gear level then I did 🙂
If you don’t have the tier 11 4 piece bonus haste should be your primary secondary stat until soft cap. If you’re not a goblin the soft haste cap rating is 1767. If your a gobin its 1624.
So remember your stat priorities should be INT > HIT TO CAP > Haste to SOFT CAP > MASTERY > CRIT
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Until next time,