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6-10-2009 @ 2:43PM
Being a shadow priest myself, I have looked into this sort of thing as it applies to Shadow Word: Pain (SWP), and have found some great information in the Max DPS forum on shadowpriest.com that is very useful, and can be applied to your situation as well.Shadow priests have a talent called Shadow Weaving, which will increase Shadow Damage by 2% for each stack on a mob, and will stack up to 5 times. When attempting to maximize DPS, it is usually in the shadow priest's best interests to get the stack up to 5 prior to applying SWP. Prior to having the 5th stack of shadow weaving up on the mob, SWP loses some of its overall effectiveness (1 stack will give you a 2% increase while refreshing, compared to 5 stacks giving you a 10% increase while refreshing).This functionality also applies to certain other (temporary) buffs as well, for instance, if you use a Potion of Wild Magic just prior to applying your refreshable DoT, you will get the benefits of the potion for the duration of the DoT as long as you keep refreshing it. This information is extremely helpful to know for fights such as Thaddius, where you can throw up the DoT at the beginning of the fight and just refresh it, but if you reapply the DoT when you have 10 stacks of the polarity buff, you will notice a significant increase in DPS.As I understand things, the general way you can think of the effects of a buff are as follows:In combat buffs (potions, heroism/bloodlust, trinket procs/usage, etc) that are usually applied during the course of a fight will calculate when the DoT is cast.Out of combat buffs (priest's Inner Fire or a mage's Arcane Brilliance) that usually are applied prior to a fight will calculate while the DoT is in effect (though I have heard differing stories as to how often it actually recalculates, as little as every tick, and as high as 20 seconds).
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