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1-20-2010 @ 11:11PM
@Avan, that explanation doesn't sound quite right. Yes, the ideal situation was to weave Mind Flay casts between Mind Blasts, but the 350, 600, and 800 figures were derived from spreadsheets - as I recall, at least, they had nothing to do with spell pushback. Mind Flay is a channeled spell; pushback basically knocks chunks off the end of the spell. Since MF's last tick is at the end of the spell, ANY amount of pushback means that MF's last tick is removed, and since 3.0, pushback can't extend farther than 0.5 seconds into a spell. Since you'd have to get to 100% spell haste in order for Mind Flay's ticks to be 0.5 seconds apart, no amount of pushback will knock more than one tick off the end. So by your theory, there shouldn't be any difference between 600 and 800 haste as far as pushback is concerned.It happens, however, that 350 (10.67%), 600 (18.3%), and 800 (24.4%) haste rating are decent round numbers for Shadow priest rotations when you take DOT recast timing into consideration. They're not exact, but they're okay goalposts to shoot for.(You have no idea how many post-it notes are strewn across my desk right now from trying to solve this without a spreadsheet. :)
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