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#201 Caloni

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Posted 08 February 2012 - 02:40 PM

I'm an Orc with the tier 13 4-piece bonus and I have the following questions:

1. When’s the best time to press the first combustion in a fight? After 10 stacks of the 2-piece? When the dot will be big?

2. When do I press combustion the rest of the time? I’ve seen number estimates on Combustion Helper from 5k-35k/tick. What should be my strat here?

3. I’m told that after the softcap for haste, I should stack crit. I’ve also heard mastery starts to play a roll now. Is there a point where I should worry about mastery for fire now?

#202 stinkbutt

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 09:39 PM

From what I understand, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest replicates every damaging spell that is cast only the copy is in the form of arcane damage instead of fire, at least for a fire mage. In the past I have observed that in World of Logs this is displayed with two copies of each fire spell a mage casts, one of which does 33% more damage than the other. I understand that the larger one is the true spell being cast and the smaller one is the arcane copy created by the staff.

My question is, why is the larger spell - say, Fireball, Pyroblast! or Scorch - exactly 33% larger? I can account for only 28% of the difference in the damage done, with 25% the bonus from Fire Specialization and 3% of the bonus from Fire Power talent. Even if they add multiplicatively that would still only result in +28.75% damage, not +33%.

What have I missed?

I wish I could post a link to show this discrepancy but it appears that World of Logs is no longer showing two of every non-DoT spell; Instead they're lumping all damage under the rubric of Wrath of Tarecgosa.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:21 PM

From what I understand, Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest replicates every damaging spell that is cast only the copy is in the form of arcane damage instead of fire, at least for a fire mage. In the past I have observed that in World of Logs this is displayed with two copies of each fire spell a mage casts, one of which does 33% more damage than the other. I understand that the larger one is the true spell being cast and the smaller one is the arcane copy created by the staff.

My question is, why is the larger spell - say, Fireball, Pyroblast! or Scorch - exactly 33% larger? I can account for only 28% of the difference in the damage done, with 25% the bonus from Fire Specialization and 3% of the bonus from Fire Power talent. Even if they add multiplicatively that would still only result in +28.75% damage, not +33%.

What have I missed?

I wish I could post a link to show this discrepancy but it appears that World of Logs is no longer showing two of every non-DoT spell; Instead they're lumping all damage under the rubric of Wrath of Tarecgosa.


Everything you assumed is pretty much wrong. Check out this Wowpedia entry: Dragonwrath, Tarecgosa's Rest - Wowpedia - Your wiki guide to the World of Warcraft

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 01:31 AM

I have a question concerning the current tier's 2pc set bonus and Living Bomb. Is there any information on whether you should recast Living Bomb with certain stacks? I am particularly interested in how this plays in with recasting on procs with the Will of Unbinding trinket, and similar procs such as the Insignia and Lightweave.

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:06 AM

Is there any information on whether you should recast Living Bomb with certain stacks? I am particularly interested in how this plays in with recasting on procs with the Will of Unbinding trinket, and similar procs such as the Insignia and Lightweave.


The general rule is to never refresh Living Bomb. Always wait until the current buff has fallen off and the explosion damage that accounts for one third of Living Bomb's total damage has been accounted for. The bonus damage from having intellect procs available doesn't make recasting it a dps gain over waiting until it falls of to refresh it. About the only time I will ever refresh Living Bomb on a target is when that target is going to be immune, untargetable or incapable of taking any damage other than dot ticks for a period of time. For example, it's helpful to refresh Living Bomb on the Drakes on Warmaster Blackhorn right before they fly away so that they continue to take damage from Living Bomb. Hagara and Alizabal are both bosses that take damage from dots, but are immune to all other damage for a period of time, so refreshing Living Bomb on these targets just before they are immune turns out to be a dps again, especially if there is nothing else to damage while the boss is immune.

In regards to the 2 set, having full stacks of it will not give you an additional tick on Living Bomb (or Pyroblast) so don't worry about matching Living Bomb with stacks. Having the trinket active will give Living Bomb an additional tick, however, one tick is not enough to merit refreshing Living Bomb. If you do have the ability to time intellect CD's with the initial use of Living Bomb for additional damage the damage gain will be greater than the benefit to other spells that do less damage per second. Refer to SimulationCraft for damage per second each individual spell.

In regards to Dragonwrath and ignite, I have never seen Dragonwrath duplicate ignite itself and I haven't read anywhere that it can. If you can find an example of Dragonwrath duplicating Ignite post it.

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Edit by Heef - copied this here because it answers both the post that I've moved into this thread as well as one that I've left in the fire thread.

#206 Josh Yaxley

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 10:28 PM

I'm having a few issues deciding when to cast my first Combustion.

My issue is with Stolen Time, by the time I get it to reach a decent amount of stacks all my spell power procs have dissapeared. On the other hand, if I use Combustion with all my procs (including Foul Gift of the Demonlord proc) I have a really long cooldown until my next Combustion and I don't have enough Stolen Time stacks to reach the extra tick on Combustion.

I feel like at the moment, I'm doing more dps when I use it with all my procs (but I don't know for sure). This might have just been to RNG granting me a nice ignite on those tries, or the fact that I'm using Foul Gift of the Demonlord (1 extra proc to align).

If I am doing more dps when I use my first Combustion with all my procs, do you think this will change when I replace Foul Gift with WoU?

Has a general consensus about when to use your first Combustion been reached? I couldn't find the information in the OP.

(Also, if it's important, my mage is a very new alt, and only 388 ilevel at the moment).

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 11:24 PM

Does anyone know how pyroblast dot crits are calculated? At the moment in both live and beta at level 85 the ticks that crit are slighty more than double the ticks that don't crit (around 2.06x) but as I remove gear with crit on it, it gets a lot closer (around 1.996x with no crit gear on). That could just be a coincidence with the spell power levels or something, although removing all gear with mastery or haste on it and the crits are still around the 2.05-2.06x range.

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 03:13 PM

Does anyone know how pyroblast dot crits are calculated? At the moment in both live and beta at level 85 the ticks that crit are slighty more than double the ticks that don't crit (around 2.06x) but as I remove gear with crit on it, it gets a lot closer (around 1.996x with no crit gear on). That could just be a coincidence with the spell power levels or something, although removing all gear with mastery or haste on it and the crits are still around the 2.05-2.06x range.


You removed your helmet when you saw the difference. Mage/warlock crits without the 3% meta deal 199.5% damage, and crits with the meta deal 205.485% damage.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 04:42 AM

You removed your helmet when you saw the difference. Mage/warlock crits without the 3% meta deal 199.5% damage, and crits with the meta deal 205.485% damage.


Ah yes thanks, although that doesn't explain the smaller variations.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 09:41 PM

Hi,

I'm hoping you can help me with a problem I'm having.
My name is Xargoz (US-Madoran), I'm an arcane mage, and my dps is erratic - sometimes decent, sometimes not so decent (mostly the latter).

I've done my research, and I believe I'm doing everything right; obviously, there's something I'm missing.
I have pretty decent gear (iLevel 400), fully gemmed (with epic gems) and enchanted.
Xargoz @ Madoran - Game Guide - World of Warcraft

I believe I'm doing the right rotation (burn phase to 35% mana, evocation, then preservation phase; I'm using magemanabar addon to help with this).

Here is a parse from a recent heroic DS
World of Logs - Real Time Raid Analysis

Any help / suggestions that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
Xargoz

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 11:31 PM

Just getting back to playing my fire mage after a long hiatus. I've done everything the fire compendium suggests with pretty good results, including stacking haste to 2005 and crit thereafter. I was pretty sure I understood the mechanics of haste/cast speed until I read this post on another website: "Haste Rating: This increases your casting speed (which is different from reducing the cast time of your spells)"

So how is "increasing your casting speed" different from "reducing the cast time of your spells"? I always just assumed one was synonymous with the other, unless he's also referring to the lessening of the global cooldown.

I apologize if this is covered elsewhere, but I did scour these and other forums looking for an answer, but to no avail. Thanks for any and all help.

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Posted 25 July 2012 - 01:23 PM

So how is "increasing your casting speed" different from "reducing the cast time of your spells"? I always just assumed one was synonymous with the other, unless he's also referring to the lessening of the global cooldown.


Very likely he is referring to how you compute the change. People often get confused by the fact that, say, 25% increase in haste is not the same as a 25% reduction in cast time; it is actually a 20% reduction in cast time. You calculate it by taking the haste increase, h, and dividing by it: ctr = 1 / (1 + h) -- where h is haste and ctr is cast time reduction.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 04:55 PM

Link to the Mists of Pandaria thread.




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