What is the DPS threshold of a “reasonably clued in” fresh 80 of your chosen class?
1. Identify and obtain a gear set that a “reasonable” new 80 could have. The “new” 80 has been questing. She has access to quest rewards, AH greens, BOE crafted items and any profession items. At this point I no longer have any of the old quest rewards so I’ll leave those out.
2. Gem these with blue/cheap gems
3. Enchant these with the cheap versions of the enchants.
4. Run heroics and test how you perform.
This has several benefits as far as I can see.. I’ll be able to setup a “new to 80″ gear list (which I’ve been meaning to do anyway), be able to say what kind of DPS I saw in that gear, and to assess what effect “gear” has on my dps.
I suppose if I’m ambitious I’ll setup a “all the heroic drops I want” gear list and test at that level too. I’ll wait and see how this first step works out.
Inspired by this post on Tales of a DK