Elitist Jerks Optimal Shadow Priest Damage Cycles: Entirely Too Much Math

 10/12/06, 8:51 AM #2 Jixani Von Kaiser   Qujin Draenei Shaman   Kil'Jaeden (EU) Well, I'm neither Shadow Priest nor willing to calculate based on hypothetic values for the addon: However, I imagine the most convinient cyle for short fights will be SW:P, VT, VE (SW:D, MB, MF repeat *5), with 4/5 imp MB you get a pretty nice 6s cycle, to renew SW:P you're probably going to skip MB once. SW:D will be 620 + 700* 0.43 * 1.105*1.52= 1547 Dmg/Cast = 1032 DPS(with both MB and SW:D in your rotation the crit talent is probably worth it) using cheap 230 Mana Well, the problem now is as at least I don't know the new ranks for the old spells which we will probably get, but assuming MB will do slightly more Dmg as SW:D, and MF will do about 80% of it (same relation as today) the same with only half the spellpower considered you get three spells which do pretty much the same dmg but with different drawbacks. Where mana and/or threat are serious limiting factors a SW:D, MF, MF instead of SW:D, MB, MF might be more efficient, but with a 25% DPS decrease, and whenever you need to recast VT/VE/SW:P you'll get back to standard SW:D, DOT, MF cycle. You'll not have to care about life but you will go oom pretty fast. I'know, that is pretty far away from solid ground but as I lack much needed information I can't do more.
10/12/06, 9:29 AM   #4
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 Originally Posted by Jixani Well, I'm neither Shadow Priest nor willing to calculate based on hypothetic values for the addon: However, I imagine the most convinient cyle for short fights will be SW:P, VT, VE (SW:D, MB, MF repeat *5), with 4/5 imp MB you get a pretty nice 6s cycle, to renew SW:P you're probably going to skip MB once.
The mind blast cooldown starts once the spell is actually cast, so with the 1.5 second cast time, you can cast it once every 9.5s untalented, or 7s talented, which prevents a simple 6s cycle.

 10/12/06, 12:01 PM #5 DeeNogger Mike Tyson     Tagdoodle Undead Priest   Mal'Ganis personally i would use this build for raid dps: http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/...10250123051551 notable changes: - drop imp fear and silence. neither will be more than an occasional help in raids. not at all worth 3 points that can be picked up else wear - grab meditation(3/3) and innerfocus for better mana longevity. - drop shadow focus to just 2/5 and grab 5/5 shadow power - 4/5 imp mind blast. mindblast, mindflay, mindflay, mindflay and the mindblast is off cooldown. 5/5 mind blast is a waste because the extra 0.5 second comes up while mid mindflay. - the last point i put in mental agility, which decreases your instant casts mana cost by 2%. this might not be worth it as there aren't a ton of instant casts. perhaps put that back into shadow focus for another 2% chance to hit. I write things The word of DeeNogger -- New Blog Post Oct 2012!!
 10/12/06, 12:09 PM #6 krucifix85 Don Flamenco   Hargs Human Warlock   Barthilas http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/info/...10250123051251 i think that is more optimal. If you want silence, drop 1 in SA (-threat) and the 2 in SP. As for the Math on best rotation? Hmmm, 2:16am, perhaps not right now... :P http://ctprofiles.net/13134
 10/12/06, 1:15 PM #7 Anias Solution complicated; Dispense enlightening graph.     Anias Tauren Druid   Mal'Ganis Good luck. The release of the alpha completely killed my willingness to do this math, but I salute you and wish you the best. It's absurdly more complex because of cooldowns. When I was working it out for a level 60 priest, I went far enough to determine the order in which you would rank up spells, but that's all thrown out with the changes to downranking etc. As a starting point, you will always want SW:Pain up, as it is the single largest damage per 1.5second global cooldown available. Then you have to look at mind flay vs mind blast - you don't just jump up to max rank blast, you swap back and forth between flay/blast in ranking up. As I said at the top, good luck =P First star to the right, and straight on till morning.