Greetings, readers, if you're out there, time for take 2 on the Smite Priest.
To compare our results from last time, I specced Shadow and took a run at the target dummy. Having never played a Shadow Priest before (which features a notoriously complicated rotation), I hit 2.4k DPS. So that'd be the degree of difference between supported and non-supported specs, regardless of player skill.
Back to Smiting! Having managed to obtain at last a Glyph of Smite (shout out to Blinkey for his legendary service of putting every glyph on the Horde AH), I did a pure Holy Fire rotation run, achieving 1550 dps. That's ~10% or 150-200 dps better than without the glyph.
Next, I ran all-out rotations, averaging a very respectable 1700 dps.
But that's not all. By working harder on the timing, I could hit peaks of 1900. Not for very long, but reliably enough to consider it a realistic benchmark. That's about 3/4 of the damage of the damage of a regular dps spec in the same gear.
Final conclusions on the Smite Priest: Somewhat Viable.
If you have good gear, and want to hit some Heroics dishing out the Holy vengeance, then Smite is for you. But please don't try to raid with it!
Until next time . . .
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