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Warlock Spell: Curse of Agony

Curse of Agony tooltip


Curse of Agony casting

Here’s my visualization of the spell cast. Above is the timeline. It’s dotted in 1 second intervals with an extra dark dot at each 5 seconds to make it easier to read.

The spell is cast at time 0. It is instant cast. The “X” is the Global Cooldown (GCD) (1.5 seconds). The dotted purple/grey lines are where damage actually occurs. Assuming the dot runs for full duration it will do 12 ticks. The damage “ramps up” with most of the damage occuring in the last 4 ticks.

Min Total Damage = ({Min Damage} + ({Shadow Damage} * {Effective Coefficient})) * {1+Shadow Mastery bonus}

Assuming I have 1k bonus shadow damage each tick should hit for 151-453 for a total of ~3623.

Relevant Talents:

Amplify Curse increase damage done for next CoA by 50%, 3 min cooldown.
Improved Curse of Agony 2/2 – increases the damage by 5%/10%.
Contagion 5/5 – Increases the damage of Curse of Agony, Corruption and Seed of Corruption by 5% and reduces the chance your Affliction spells will be dispelled by an additional 30%
Shadow Mastery 5/5 – Increase the damage dealt or life drained by your Shadow Spells by 10%

The icky math

Affliction Shadow based DoT (cannot crit). 12 total ticks. Every 2 seconds.

Rank Mana min max duration Effective Coefficient (with downranking)
7 265 1692 1704 24 sec 120.0%
6 215 1296 1308 24 sec
5 170 972 984 24 sec
4 130 624 636 24 sec
3 90 396 408 24 sec
2 50 216 228 24 sec
1 24 96 108 24 sec

Average Total Damage = ({(Min+max Damage)/2} + ({Shadow Damage} * {Effective Coefficient})) * {1+Shadow Mastery bonus+Improved Curse of Agony bonus+Contagion Bonus}
Average Total Damage = ((1692+1704)/2 + (1000 * 1.20)) * (1+0.10+0.10+0.05)
Average Total Damage = 3622.5

Ticks 1-4 = Average Total Damage / 24 = 150.93
Ticks 5-8 = Average Total Damage / 12 = 301.87
Ticks 9-12 = Average Total Damage / 8 = 452.81

Sources

WowWiki: Curse of Agony (http://www.wowwiki.com/Curse_of_Agony)

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