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10-22-2009 @ 4:09PM
I wish there were a way to effectively measure how much different buffs contributed to the total damage done of a boss. Would be interesting to see how buffs actually perform in a boss encounter.As for the DPS vs damage down....I do not really base much off meters to be honest (they are a nice tool, by no means a be-all tell-all) as I look at a damage meter ( my opinion for the matter not to say any others are wrong or right) a finite damage done number is far more conclusive than a theoretical Damage-per-second number. I am not really sure why we consider DPS at the end of a fight to be a better measure, when there is a finite number right in front of us all.Now, if all the fights were 30 seconds to a minute long then that massive burst damage would equal a higher number on the damage done chart overall. But realistically fights last 3-5 minutes (some more) and remember the ole story about the tortoise beating the hare? Same principle applies - some classes dish out masses of damage then trail off as the fight goes (moving, boss mechanics, etc) while some other classes are able to keep a consistent lower DPS (emphasis on consistent) but end up with the same, or even higher total damage output. Both types have their place, and are valuable...but I will stick with the finite number of total damage done being the the one that actually matters in a raid encounter. BTW I play a healing class, so I am not biased versus one type of damage versus the other, I just rely on the sure-thing numbers.
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