From MMO-Champion -
- 1) Specs that can do the most dps generally make sacrifices along other axes to get there. Specs with a lot of extra utility or flexibility give up some dps. If dps is all that matters to you, then Demonology probably isn’t the right spec for you. We can still make the dps good (and with the recent coefficient changes, we think it is), but specs are ultimately about making choices. Not every choice is between one way to maximize dps and some other way to maximize dps.
I do disagree (and I know you healers do to) that survivability on raids is only the responsibility of the healers. We have even existing fights (like Naj’entus) where you’ll just be dead if you sacrifice everything for dps. I agree that survivability in PvP or when soloing is a bigger concern than on raids. But I disagree that survivability is not a concern on raids.
2) The OP seemed to argue that Demo dps wasn’t competitive because it was supposed to have more survivability, but that it in fact did not have survivability. Maybe it doesn’t have as much survivability as you like and maybe the class as a whole doesn’t have as much survivability as you like. I didn’t really address either of those points. All I said was that people keep spec’ing Demo for PvP (not 100%, but they do spec it) so it must offer something besides highest dps.
We are looking at Demonology’s dps. The coefficient buff did help it more than you might guess. A raid-buffed Felguard can also do 1000 dps or so at 80.
Overall, for any class, I wouldn’t say the goal is for any tree to be identical in dps. They can be close, but we are going to take the rest of the tree into consideration.