I did it, I gave my perfectionist side the middle finger. Krinkal is now a firemage!
Since the little buff that fire got in 3.3.3, I've been looking at it more and more. I rolled a mage because they had fireball and pyroblast. I rolled a mage because that's what they do - set things on fire, however, with all my characters there's this little voice in the back of my head going - "but fire doesn't do the most dps in a raiding environment..." So for the past few months, I've been in Arcane Town, wearing down numbers 1, 2 and 3 on my poor keyboard but not anymore!
I ran ICC10 last night in my alliance side guild, tonnes of fun as usual. I was using it as a test run, if I dropped sharply to, say, 3k dps, I'd have respecced before getting to the other wings. If I was running at 5-6k, I'd keep going.
First thing I noticed, my tab button is gonna break - on trash, Living Bomb is the order of the day and oh my god is it fun. I may actually be in love with it. Blizzard and Flamestrike still get a decent look in when I've finished tab dancing but still, Living Bomb...HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
Second thing - mana consumption. It's a tonne less than Arcane, I only had to pop a gem and my stupid trinket once on the entire trash pulls. Granted, I had to evocate on Marrowgar, but that's because I died.
The last thing I noticed, was that my dps hadn't taken that much of a hit. I noticed my burst was a little bit...lacking, especially on Saurfang (in the first 30 seconds) and his Bloodbeasts. I was still rocking 5-6k, which wasn't that bad, considering it was 10man, we didn't have a paladin, boomkin or anything else that could boost my dps.
We called it after a few attempts on Dreamwalker. we had a brand new tank and were testing him - he did alright, actually. We were also carrying (which was an understatement, to say the least) another mage dps - Arcane Barrage doing more damage than Blast? It was a shame they won the trinket on Gunship. That crit would have been tasty for fire...
Overall, I'm glad I bit the bullet and respecced, I had a lot of fun, mainly due to the nice new rotation oh, and instant Pyroblasts, I mean, c'mon. INSTANT. PYROBLAST.