Frost answered the call. He surprised me on the last podcast by telling me that he took his whole raid to Ironforge to pound on a dummy for two 5 minute tests, ostensibly to see what the stand still DPS of his raiding team was without any gimmicks. He did the first one as MM and got 9701 DPS in recount, and the second one as BM, hitting 8255 DPS in recount.
His complete methodology is on his post. Notable:
- They had heroism both times
- Neither test was using kill shot, which would have favored MM
- He actually blew several hundred gold regemming for BM stats (and then regemming back for his raid)
- He doesn’t mention this in the post, but on the show, he told me he had to build his survival spec while kiting blood beasts in ICC :P
The only thing that would make this a better data point would be a combat log or world of raids report or something. As it is, recount damage done is a pretty good yardstick for performance, and now I have a good answer for the question “On stand and shoot fights, how much less DPS is BM than MM?” About 15%.
Also to note- Frost was in the top 5 with BM. If that’s good enough for your raid, then BM is indeed raid viable. If it’s not good enough, then it’s not.