Lilac is a mad cackling example of OP-ness! BUT everytime I’d look at maxdps.com for the affliction warlock I’d get depressed. Maxdps.com says I should be kicking around 1k dps.. and instead I’m -sometimes- hitting 750. What gives?
Seriously.. I’ve been in a funk thinking I sucked. Then I started checking their numbers.
On the right hand side they show the individual DPS of each spell (Shadow Bolt, Corruption, Curse of Agony, etc) and a quick session with Dr. Boom confirms that their numbers are “close enough”. BUT the number at the bottom.. That’s what you get if you add all the individual DPS numbers above up.
Huh? Wha? Wait.
So I’m perfectly ok saying that Shadow Bolt’s getting 475 dps.. when I chain cast it.
And I’m prefectly ok saying that Corruption is at 142 dps.. as long as I don’t overwrite any.. and I keep them up back-to-back.
But I can’t chain cast Shadow Bolts and keep Corruprtion up while also keeping up Unstable Affliction, Siphon Life and Curse of Agony. There’s sluff in there. There’s missed Shadow bolts if only because of the global cooldown. Even a computer.. casting the 100% most maximum rotation is going to be unable to do that. It’s just not possible.
So.. MaxDPS.com is full of poo.
True.. that would be my DPS when all the dots are up and I’m chain casting shadow bolts.. but that’s only for um.. 13.5/18 seconds of every fight. That’s 75%. So if only 75% of the fight is chain casting Shadow bolts.. that drops SB’s DPS to ~356. AH-ha!
So the next question is.. how do I bump that up?
Faster casts, shorter gcd, more shadow/spell damage.