Plumee, one of the things i brought up in my original post you forgot about for opening rotation. The Furious Gaze trait when combined with Chaotic Tranaformation. It can give you up to 24 seconds of haste buff instead of 12, but you cant use the second eye beams as quickly as you mentioned, or you lose time.
My standard opener is this: (provided a rogue uses cloak for melee)
Use the new CoS trinket
Then Annihilate/throw Glaive/felblade based on fury generation until I can Death Sweep again
Then I use Meta to reset timers on Eye Beam and Death Sweep
Death Sweep again
(Typically 10 seconds have passed at this point so the haste buff is close to ending, but not quite off)
Eye Beam again
Then proceed with standard prioritization of abilities.
The important part is having the haste buff around 2 seconds left and casting eye beam to benefit from the haste and to gain the extra 12 seconds from Furious Gaze. Any sooner and you lose uptime on the buff, any later and Eye Beam won’t benefit from the buff itself.
I have two traits of Furious Gaze in my gear and it gives me around 1.7k haste. I can’t really see a reason i wouldn’t want that for 24 seconds instead of just 12 seconds.
Just been waiting patiently while Swol builds the simulator to adjust for the change in opener to see if/how much of a dps increase it would provide. I try to do the best at whatever class i am playing, so making sure im doing the best opener i can is one of the important things.
I also like that delay in Meta because of fights like Conclave. Gonk likes to cast his Hex right around 8 seconds into the fight, so that’s about how long the Meta is delayed by. If he hits me with Hex, i didn’t lose any time on my Meta and if he doesn’t hit me, I’m jumping right into Meta knowing I can get the vast majority of the time in DPS.