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10-22-2009 @ 3:32PM
While you were making a joke (to some extent), this joke is derived from a larger issue concerning DPS meters: Players are sometimes paying more attention to maxing-out their meters than playing the game. As a result, they often miss important things such as that fire Koralon just set under their feet, or Snobold that just ate the raid's tank healer, causing wipes or just making life more difficult for their team.DPS meters are a tool to help you determine what level of encounter you are ready for (Heroics -> Naxx -> Ulduar -> ToCr), to help you improve your spell/attack/cooldown management and rotations, to set appropriate expectations for parties LFM (Looking for More), and to let you know when something is wrong during an encounter (Aspect of the Viper left on, etc.). It is also useful in helping determine whether a group is wiping because of a lack of healing, DPS, or some other issue when a raid hits a "wall."Finally, it is worth noting that many guilds go so far as to ban DPS announcements, a feature built into Recount that allows you to broadcast the DPS of the group. This is usually at least a faux pas and can even get you kicked depending on your group. If someone wants to know the DPS composition of the group it is usually best to whisper to the interested party privately.
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