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3-14-2011 @ 11:17PM
Blizzard has made many tech upgrades to help players deal with channel clipping, but there's so much potential for it using Drain Life as a filler. It's a mixture of standard movement, chain-casting, refreshing DoTs, and Shadow Trance procs that contribute to the loss in DPS. Overall, the rotation actually becomes slightly more chaotic and complex using Drain Life as a filler than using Shadow Bolt. With Shadow Bolt, if a DoT falls off during a cast, you just complete the cast and then reapply the DoT. Simple, clean, easy. With Drain Life, you rather need to interrupt the channel in the middle of the cast to reapply DoTs in order to gain the maximum benefit. This is what contributes to the issue. Getting the timing down to prevent clipping in all the possible situations for it is far harder than just casting Shadow Bolt is -- and Drain Life is only higher DPS if you can play it perfectly.
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