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8-13-2009 @ 5:10PM
This may be over-generalization, but Attack Power is what Spell Power is for casters, it provides you a one-stop-all measure of your gear.Rogue with X agility, Warrior with Y strength, Shaman with Z strengh, W agility and V intellect, who would do most dps? Just look at their attack power. Okay, that's a bit pushing it.Basically, AP is something that you brag when you're LFG, just like Spell Power.LFG, a mage with 2300 SP.LFG, ret pally with 3k AP.(you don't need to say how much strength you have because it's all been factored into AP)
8-13-2009 @ 5:49PM
Shamans now only get 1 AP from Strength, while also getting one from Agility. Streamlined the physical mail gear.
8-13-2009 @ 6:03PM
Exactly. Rather than advertising: I'm a shaman with X strength Y agil and Z int, you just say I have XX AP, that captures it all.I thought there's a talent that grants you AP from intellect, but I may be wrong.
8-13-2009 @ 6:08PM
Although groups usually care more about your average DPS than your AP.
No I'm saying you'll have X+Y AP :)Int to AP is a hunter talent: http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=34484
8-13-2009 @ 6:17PM
@HendrataYou are correct. The Shaman talent is called Mental Dexterity (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=51885), and 3 points in it will increase Attack Power by 100% of their Intellect.Hunters have an identical talent, Careful Aim (http://www.wowhead.com/?spell=34484) which does the exact same thing for their ranged attack power.
8-13-2009 @ 6:30PM
@NathanyelNo, its X + Y + Z (or Z, W, V as stated in the original poster) (Strength + Agility + Intellect) not just X + Y (Strength + Agility) because shaman also have a talent that converts intellect to attack power, not just huntershttp://www.wowhead.com/?spell=51885
8-13-2009 @ 6:36PM
Kitty druids have an insane amount of AP compared to other classes (between 7-8k), so using AP to compare across classes might be a bad idea.
8-14-2009 @ 9:27AM
Sigh.Attack Power * (non-decimal Crit) * Base Weapon Speed * (1.Haste) * (%chance to hit, capped at 1.00). How about THAT.4984 * 38 * 2.8 * 1.12 * 1.00.Obviously that doesn't crank out an actual DPS number. But the value is fairly comparable between classes, although it doesn't factor in ArPen, because the various specs do various amounts of physical/spell damage, making it hard to judge how good it really is.
8-14-2009 @ 9:28AM
now that I think about it, that formula massively over-values crit.
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