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Features planned for Warlock DPS Calc 1.06

November 21st, 2007

I’ve just realized yesterday that 2 months had gone by since the last update to the DPS Calculator.  I wanted to improve the Timeline first, but this will take a deep revision of the drag&drop mechanism, which I do not wish to undertake right now.

I have received a suggestion to display some graphs. Indeed, it’s true that more information could easily be displayed about the selected spells and the resulting DPS.

I’ve received one mail about bugs, but after discussing with the person it appeared that it was just misuse of the calculator, or bad comprehension of the results. Also, I’ve read on some forums that this “Calculator was bugged, as all the other ones”. I have invested many hours in testing – probably more than what I used for coding – to make sure that the results were accurate. So I guess that I will have to show the output of the calculator, so people understand what’s going on.

Here’s a summary of what will be included in 1.06 :

  • DPS over time graphics, x-axis based on 60 seconds to let the dots expire.
  • Text output of the spells damage, including base damage and modifiers
  • More statistics, such as Max DPS achieved during sequence

Let’s say that a reasonable target date for this would be december 15th.

Shadow Destruction Spe – Should you cast Immolation ?

November 12th, 2007

My current template is 0/21/40, with points chosen for SB spamming. To keep this test simple, I only took Improved Shadowbolt (5/5), Bane (5/5) and Ruin. Since I have more Shadow damage than Fire damage, I wanted to check if casting Immolation was useful or a waste of time.

Here’s a simulation of a pure shadowbolt spam, with +1000dmg to all, 18% crit and 11%hit.

Shadowbolt Spam

Pretty straightforward, we get 776 DPS. We’ll compare other results against this sequence.

Now, we’ll include an Immolation spell :

Immolation + Shadowbolt Spam

Obviously, the DPS is higher (4.3%)…not bad ! To get the same increase in DPS while keeping the DPS spam, we’d need to increase our shadow damage by 65 !!

Since many warlocks have more shadow spell damage than fire spell damage, I tried to see how low we can go with fire spell damage to make it useless to cast Immolation :

Immolation + Shadowbolt Spam (Different spell DMG)

To get my DPS down to 776, I had to get my Fire spell damage down to 350 ! So unless you have a difference greater than 650 between your shadow and fire damage, you can keep casting Immolation.

Obviously, you’re always better to try all this by yourself on the calculator :

When to cast Curse of Shadow ?

November 11th, 2007

For this small test, I assumed that the warlock has chosen to go deeply in the affliction tree. All spell damage and hit rate have been set to 0, to make it easier to compare.

The first sequence shows what most warlocks, including myself in the past, would do. We start with Curse of Shadow, then we fire the offensive spells :

Timeline - Shadow/Corruption/Affliction

Let’s try a different approach. Since we know that Corruption does not tick until three seconds have elapsed, and that the same mechanism is applied for Unstable Affliction, we’ll apply Curse of Shadow last. Here’s the updated sequence :

Timeline - Corruption/Affliction/Shadow

So what happened ? We lost a bit (12) of total damage, because the first tick of corruption occurred just before Curse of Shadow was applied. However, we reduced the running time of the DOT sequence to 21 seconds instead of 22.5, giving us an increase in DPS (6.4%).

Of course, this example only works for short fights. But it shows that good timing of the spells you cast may increase your DPS. In our case, if we wanted to keep the first sequence and check how much more spell damage we require to achieve 84.2 DPS, we’d see that +59 to spell damage would be needed – quite huge !

You should try this on the calculator to verify it all works with your setup :