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Shifting Perspectives: Troubleshooting cat DPS, part 2 {WoW}

Jun 10th 2010 4:58AM I use EventHorizon, it displays the cooldowns and durations of the bleeds/debuffs in a small moveable (and clickthrough) window. It also attempts to show you when the next damage tick will occur, although thats more handy for getting another lifebloom in right after a click as a tree than it is for cat dps. I just like the way it displays a timeline, it helps you get a sense of the rythm.

TheoryCraft 101: Caster haste {WoW}

May 19th 2010 9:39AM "If I remember correctly, come Cataclysm haste should most, if not all, DoTs and HoTs. And in a weird way, too."

Not so weird actually, you see what really happens when you cast corruption is that you actually summon an invisible gnome warlock. Lets call him Bob. Bob flunked out of warlock school, presumably due to too much tinkering. Luckilly he has an Nigh Invulnerability Belt and a contract from the warlock council which grants him a cookie each time he is summoned.

Bob only remembers one spell from his school days, Shadowbolt. It has a 3 second cast time, and he only has enough mana to cast it 6 times. As we all know warlocks have abysmal mana regen, and since he doesn't remember how to cast Lifetap his contract (during WotLK) only stipulates that he needs to chain cast the spell 6 times before he gets his payment. At which point he uses his Wormhole Generator, and who knows where he winds up this time.

The contract also stipulates that when summoned he can share your spellpower, your crit chance if you have Pandemic and your haste if you have a Glyph of Quick Decay. So if you have 100% haste and the glyph, he will cast his spells in 1.5 second instead, but after 9 seconds he will have run out of mana and is trying to get to the nearest mailbox for his next sugar fix.

In Cataclysm however, they are changing the contract somewhat. Now he will be provided with an Endless Mana Potion as well as your crit and haste regardless of talents and glyphs, and his instructions are now to stay casting his shadowbolt for 18 seconds no matter what. Otherwise he will receive no cookie.

This means that if you have 100% haste he will cast 12 shadowbolts instead of the measly 6 he does nowadays.

All the World's a Stage: Roleplaying the wolf {WoW}

Mar 28th 2010 8:26PM I strongly recomend the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs, first book is Moon Called.

It works for both werewolf and vampire inspirations, as well is a terrific read, as is the rest of her books.

Arcane Brilliance: Macros for mages {WoW}

Mar 28th 2010 1:54PM A couple of those macros don't work.
If you try to cast a spell that has a gcd it will stop trying to cast anything after that (except spells off the gcd), even if the spell is on cooldown. So take the "super fun midair death" macro:
#show Frost Nova
/dismount
/cast Frost Nova
/cast [mod:shift] Slow Fall

That will actually kill you too since you won't be able to cast slow fall with it (not to mention that slow fall is now a targeted ability). Try using this instead:
#showtooltip
/dismount
/cast [mod:shift,@player] Slow Fall; Frost Nova

And [flying] only relates to yourself (and only when your actually on a flying mount too, falling doesn't count as flying), so this macro:
#show Remove Curse
/cast [target=mouseover,noflying,nomounted,nodead,help] Remove Curse [target=mouseover,noflying,nomounted,nodead,harm] Counterspell; [flying,combat] Slow Fall

Will *not* cast Slow Fall on "an ally who is midair", it will simply cast slow fall on your current target (not mouseover) if you yourself is on a flying mount and off the ground (and in combat), thus dismounting you in midair if you allow spellcasts to dismount you when flying.