So, as of late I have grown increasingly frustrated with my "raid worth" in the 25-man content. The main reason being that when you look at WWS I am lucky to hit 800 dps. Mind you, I have 32% crit and 2009 RAP unbuffed. One thing I have learned though, is that my efficiency is where I make my money. As survival you likely will never lead your 25-man in DPS, BUUUUT you may lead it in damage done. Which, considering that DPS is not near as impressive as how much you contributed to the night's triumphs, that isn't too bad.
Here is how I compete with our pure DPS spec's and classes:
1) Be diligent - Bring full consumables every night! Try to be very efficient at switching targets on trash. Those extra seconds of dps are crucial to being competitive on the damage output.
2) Live!! - This one is big. Let's consider that our BM hunter does 1050 DPS and I do 800 dps. If he dies just once or twice, then I have no contributed far more damage throughout the night. His 1050dps for only 75% of the time that I did 800 wont hold up on the final damage output.
3) Keep that pet alive! - It is like having a permanent DOT the entire raid. I find that if my pet dies, then I simply wasn't paying attention (obviously a 15k cleave is not my fault!).
4) Shot rotation - This is a survival hunters best way to be sneaky on dps. Most BM hunters use a steady + auto shot macro. Personally, I use one that includes steady, auto, arcane, serpent sting and mutli-shot. This does two things: First, I am not pounding one button the entire raid. Second, I am constantly aware of cooldowns and my surroundings. I may need to save a mage with a sleep or a timely trap. basically, the lack of a macro use really helps me to stay alert.
5) HAX - Cant beat that fire mage in damage output for the raid. A few timely mis-directs will surely solve that issue! (use at your own risk, some guilds frown on this technique)
Those are my top 5 that i can think of now. As survival I try to look at my DPS and realize that:
A) I am helping our 3 Hunters 3 Rogues, Fury Warrior, Enh. Shammy and ret Pally get 250 attack power all night. So, though I may do 800 DPS I am definitely contributing to ALL of their DPS as well.
B) Survival is support. I try to save healers, I can tank a target for 10s or so and I kinda feel like the star sometimes. I help kill the 5 targets, all while saving a priest and a mage. Do people notice, not really (sad, but true), but at least i can take solace in the fact that I am helping everyone, not just thriving on personal glory.
I guess that the moral of this story. As survival I could lead Kara in damage and heroics in damage and even 25-mans in damage. Unfortunately, the glory will still be granted to those who did the most "DPS" for the raid/party. So, I do 2 million damage and our rogue does 1.5 million, but he has 900 DPS to my 800, so he had the better night. Yeah, I guess I have a slight bitterness to gauging your ability to do damage on your DPS number and not how much damage you actually did. Am I wrong? Should I strive to do 1k dps or should I really believe damage done is more important? Maybe I should just spec BM and share in the glory of awesome DPS numbers! :(