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6-09-2009 @ 1:52PM
Alright, my questions for next time / now / whenever.I know that, if you cast a spell that has to physically travel to reach the target (i.e. Shadow Bolt) and a SP buff (or similar) procs between the time it leaves your fingers and the time it hits the mob, the buff won't affect the damage of the spell.My questions are:1. If the SP buff procs during the time you're casting the spell, will it affect the spell's damage?2. If the buff procs and you have DoTs on the mob, for example, will the ticks of the DoTs during the period the buff is active for be affected by the added SP, or will they do damage as if you had the SP you had when you cast the DoT?3. If you start casting the spell with the buff active and the buff is lost during the casting time, does that spell still gain the extra SP?4. If you cast the spell with the buff active and the buff is lost between the time the spell leaves your fingers and the time it reaches the mob, does the spell still gain the extra SP?NB: I presume the answer to the 4th question is 'yes', since, as I pointed out, gaining a buff would not affect a spell you'd already released that hadn't hit, so I'm guessing losing a buff wouldn't affect it either.Cheers,Vel.
6-09-2009 @ 2:04PM
Spells only get the benefit of buffs that are up when the spells are cast. So if you put all your DoTs up on a target and then use a spell damage trinket, the DoTs will not get a bonus from that trinket. Likewise, a shadowbolt will not get the buff from a trinket or whatnot if the buff runs out before the shadowbolt is cast. However, this does mean that if you cast a channeled spell (drain life, arcane missiles, mind flay) while a buff is up, and the buff runs out in the middle of the channel, any damage done after the buff runs out is still getting the buff, as the spell was cast while the buff was up.
6-09-2009 @ 2:42PM
To add to Nizari's explanation, with Haste procs/trinkets you gain the lower cast time when you start the cast. So if a Haste proc/trinket wears off during a cast, the cast time will not suddenly increase.
6-09-2009 @ 3:37PM
It's an interesting mechanic actually.For example, I raid as a shadow priest with Dying Curse and Sundial of the Exiled which both have hefty spellpower procs. When either procs (or both in the same window) I make it a point to recast Shadow Word: Pain as it is refreshed by Mind Flays because of Pain and Suffereing. When refreshed the SW:P maintains the bonus damage from the procs which have since expired.I'm not sure if this is supposed to work in this fashion, or if it occurs with any other spells right now, but it's worth noting.
6-10-2009 @ 5:18AM
@Segrada. Not sure if it's intended or not, but this is definitely the way to play a shadow priest. In fact, if you go to Elitist Jerks there is an add-on linked and explained there called Project Greenlight. It basically does one thing, which is monitor various procs and raid buffs for SP and crit and will then tell you the best time to refresh your SW:P.
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