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Has the optimal gunnery commando rotation changed since the 5.3 nerfs?

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Has the optimal gunnery commando rotation changed since the 5.3 nerfs?

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Volxen
08.07.2017 , 05:27 PM | #1
Prior to 5.3 I had been using the standard priority-based rotation for gunnery commando from the Dulfy guide: http://dulfy.net/2017/05/10/swtor-5-...ide-by-damian/

My question is, with all of the DPS nerfs gunnery commando received in 5.3, has anything changed? In particular:

1. Has the optimal opener changed from what is listed in the Dulfy guide? If so, what is the new optimal opener?

2. Has the optimal priority-based rotation changed from what is listed in the Dulfy guide? If so, what is the new optimal priority-based rotation?

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Hoppinswtor
08.07.2017 , 06:39 PM | #2
Sorta kinda kinda sorta. I find myself using 4-stack rail shots more often if it keeps me below 40 heat. I'll also use rapid shots before blazing bolts if it procs supercharge. Just in general it's a bit more conservative; a bit more cautious. Blazing bolts isn't quite as high of a priority as it used to be, I think - not really worth delaying heatseekers or 4-stack+ railshot for a gcd anymore. Good parses are in the 9200-9400 DPS range and use between 15 and 18 rapid shots. Your 500k opener should be doing about 10.5-11k DPS. I need to parse more and get the rest of my datacrons but 9400 is certainly possible with good crits.

Just be smart with how you use abilities. Priority systems are harder to optimize than static rotations because you gotta pay attention to your relics. If you have a relic window, use a 4-stack rail shot. Don't wait for the procs to fall off just to get a 5 stack. If your adrenal is about to fall off and you're stuck doing filler, use an insta-cast tracer before going into blazing bolts. Tracer under adrenal will increase your dps more than that first tick of BB, and you're not delaying any heavy hitters.

Try to pop supercharge right before blazing bolts (you'll build alacrity stacks faster) but don't delay it too long.

Some sample parses:
http://parsely.io/parser/view/305729/0 (my 500k opener, similar to Durge's excellent opener)
http://parsely.io/parser/view/307561/0 (my highest 2.5 mil, out of about 15 attempts so far)
http://parsely.io/parser/view/306987/1 (the top 2.5 mil parse currently; he doesn't wait for BB to use supercharge)
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Hopalicious (Jugg), Hopperative (Operative), Hoptimize (PT)

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Simplette
08.19.2017 , 08:14 PM | #3
There is an example cycle. Look at it and replace the middle on Grav Round with Hammer Shot and you should be fine
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Pzhang
08.29.2017 , 11:36 PM | #4
Quote: Originally Posted by Hoppinswtor View Post
Sorta kinda kinda sorta. I find myself using 4-stack rail shots more often if it keeps me below 40 heat. I'll also use rapid shots before blazing bolts if it procs supercharge. Just in general it's a bit more conservative; a bit more cautious. Blazing bolts isn't quite as high of a priority as it used to be, I think - not really worth delaying heatseekers or 4-stack+ railshot for a gcd anymore. Good parses are in the 9200-9400 DPS range and use between 15 and 18 rapid shots. Your 500k opener should be doing about 10.5-11k DPS. I need to parse more and get the rest of my datacrons but 9400 is certainly possible with good crits.

Just be smart with how you use abilities. Priority systems are harder to optimize than static rotations because you gotta pay attention to your relics. If you have a relic window, use a 4-stack rail shot. Don't wait for the procs to fall off just to get a 5 stack. If your adrenal is about to fall off and you're stuck doing filler, use an insta-cast tracer before going into blazing bolts. Tracer under adrenal will increase your dps more than that first tick of BB, and you're not delaying any heavy hitters.

Try to pop supercharge right before blazing bolts (you'll build alacrity stacks faster) but don't delay it too long.

Some sample parses:
http://parsely.io/parser/view/305729/0 (my 500k opener, similar to Durge's excellent opener)
http://parsely.io/parser/view/307561/0 (my highest 2.5 mil, out of about 15 attempts so far)
http://parsely.io/parser/view/306987/1 (the top 2.5 mil parse currently; he doesn't wait for BB to use supercharge)
Hey Hop! What are your alacrity numbers for your Merc?

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Hoppinswtor
08.30.2017 , 12:14 PM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Pzhang View Post
Hey Hop! What are your alacrity numbers for your Merc?
1557 alacrity
Hoppin, The Cutest Mercenary <Death Smile>
Hoppinator/Cutest Mercenary (Merc), Hoppin (Sorc), Hopposites (Mara), Hoptimal (Sin)
Hopalicious (Jugg), Hopperative (Operative), Hoptimize (PT)