While it doesn’t seem like there is many changes in 4.0.3a, there are quite a few which will effect your DPS. Many of the previous beta changes are now being rolled into live.
- Thorns damage reduced by 66%.
- Moonfire base additional damage increased by 50%.
- Starfire base cast time reduced to 3.2 seconds.
- Moonfury now including Starsurge
Also, the chaotic skyflare diamond is not going to be a valid meta, due to the changing meta requirement. The loss of the meta at high gear levels is a >400DPS loss.
Due to the much quicker Starfire cast time, you also spend much less time going from Lunar Eclipse to Solar Eclipse, to the point where you’re almost clipping DoTs. Due to this change, it’s much harder to line up Starfall to come up at every Lunar Eclipse. I’ve found that Glyph of Wrath now trumps Glyph of Starsurge for DPS.
If you’re going Troll, it’s also important to note that while the [spell]26297[/spell] reads “casting speed”, it is technically spell haste, which means it grants benefits to DoTs. I’ve found the best rotation, DPSwise, is to start in Lunar Eclipse, and once entering Solar Eclipse, use [spell]26297[/spell] before putting up both DoTs. This is actually a considerable DPS increase from burning Berserking right away and starting in Solar Eclipse. I have a feeling this has to do with the timing of my trinkets.
Since Starsurge is now affected by Moonfury, it’s even more imperative to sit on your Starsurge if you are one or two casts from an Eclipse, as there ‘s a huge difference in damage from a crit under Eclipse and not under Eclipse.