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10-26-2009 @ 6:57AM
This is true of cast bars and Quartz is one of a handful of mods that will show the chunk at the end of the castbar to tell you when it's (probably) time to recast. I've found I can get away with going a little ahead of when Quartz says it's OK to and squeeze out an extra couple of hundred DPS on an elemental shaman.But the global cooldown is a different beast. When you click to cast a spell, the global cooldown starts on the client side immediately and your client will reject any other casts attempts until the GCD is over without trying to send them to the server so if you're spamming an instant-cast button in the hope that it will go off early, you're wearing the paint off your keys to no benefit.There is one trick to speed up the recasting of a GCD ability and that's to know that the game sends your casts to the server when you RELEASE a key, not when you press it. If you pick your next ability and press it down while you're still on GCD you'll be able to let go and send it immediately when the GCD finishes, which reduces your time between casts by however long it takes you to push a button down. Yes it's a tiny delay, but everything in WoW from talents to gear to playstyle is about tiny numbers adding up and this technique WILL help you close in on the cap of 40 instant abilities per minute.
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