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1.4 PVE Lethality or Marksmanship?


paowee

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Lethality is a very loose rotation. While there are still very obvious differences between doing it "right" and doing it "wrong", you won't see big differences in your DPS if you add in an extra rifle shot here or there to compensate for misused energy or if your latency is slightly higher than average.

 

Marksman can pull equal DPS to lethality but it's far more difficult. You won't be able to just switch over to MM and instantly pull the same numbers, like you could switching over the other way around. The rotation is a lot more strict, mistiming your Followthrough or spamming snipe too much will result in a larger DPS loss than being 1 second too slow to reapply your dots as leth.

 

As far as directly answering your question....there's no perfect answer. More people are using Lethality, it's just easier to pull huge numbers. Marksman *can* pull similar numbers on live fights though. In relation to HM TfB....Operator IX is probably the fight that favors MM the most. Lethality isn't bad for it, it's just the one fight you're most likely to see MM beating Leth. Kephess is probably the opposite. Handling distortions can be easier as MM, but once you have your rotation to kill them down easily as Leth you're able to multitask and keep up more DPS on Kephess at the same time. The rest of the fights really just come down to playstyle. Either spec will do equally well if done right.

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As stated, to get equal DPS in MM on the test dummy you really need to practice and perfect your rotation. The most misleading part of MM rotation is the animations. If you watch them, they will mess you up, because you can and should queue your next ability before animation ends. You really have to pay attention to the cast bar, and push the abilities thru the queue. My objective in MM is to have followthru doing more total damage per fight then the rest. Then SoS. If Snipe is topping your damage then you need to work on your rotation.

 

If you can't push the limit on queueing you abilities, you'll do better with lethality

 

If the OP fight requires lots of moving Lethality excels.

On the OP dummy I can easily pull over 2000 DPS using MM for a 1 minute fight. I can't do that on Lethality. On longer (dummy)fights Lethality usually does slightly better than MM(on average) but not by more than 20 dps.

 

If the crit gods favor you(RNG), Marksman can put out ridiculously high numbers

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