So way back when, I converted my Seer Sage to DPS and played that role in operations for a while. In getting ready to put this guide together, I found that Kaedis over at MMO Mechanics has an amazing resource that covers the basics of the class/role very well.
Check it out
So, instead of a guide that would not be as awesome and comprehensive, I will instead relate my experiences and "tips".
I played as a hybrid in the 1/12/28 spec. While this spec has a theoretical maximum DPS that is about 5% less than Telekinetics and 3% less than full balance, I used for a couple reasons:
Lightning is complicated! There are so many buffs/procs/timers to watch that maximal performance in an operation seemed like a tall order, especially with the unmodable UI we used to have.
Full Balance also has a lot of DoTs to track and can have some force issues.
Hybrid is EASY.
With the hybrid spec, you get a lot a lot of force efficiency and have less overall stuff to track as one of the major procs is on your filler. This lets you pay attention to the 1 DoT timer and 1 Proc you have.
Because the hybrid spec is decently force efficient, you cam afford to break off Telekinetic Throw to move and restart as needed. You can also toss bubbles every now and then without having to worry about destroying your DPS potential.
As either Balance of Hybrid, having Force in Balance hotkeyed is essential. You need to be able to click and place it as fast as possible to avoid self-nerfing your DPS.
Force Potency use is also a big part of optimizing your damage. You really want to use it for double Telekinetic throw channels as it will make every tick crit!
With all the DoTs, the elemental proc relic is super amazing and far better than anything else. As a second relic, you will want a Boundless Ages clicky to use in concert with Force Potency and Telekinetic Throw (and your adrenal).
The most difficult thing about a DPS sage is that you have both the best and worst defensive CD at the same time. Force Armor is your only defensive CD. As a DPS Sage, it isnt very powerful, but can be used frequently. Knowing boss mechanics is key to proper usage!
Sages are the only DPS class that really benefits by stacking alacrity. This is because they have no use for Accuracy (every ability is 100% to hit) thereby letting a Sage get enough Alacrity to shave off about 10% of their activation/channel time. Alacrity is more important for Telekinetics and Hybrid sages, but ultimately useful for all builds.
Typing all this out makes me want to DPS on my Sage again... so fun!
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