Damage Over Time: Myths and Facts

by on Dec.03, 2010, under General

Browsing various forums lately, I’ve seen many myths being professed about how our DoTs work.  To be honest, I recently learned more myself.  Let me quickly tell you what IS true and what is NOT true with DoTs.

DoTs will dynamically scale with:

  • Critical Strike Rating

This means if you gain/lose crit while the DoT is ticking on a target, the DoT’s crit rate will change as your crit rate changes.

DoTs do not dynamically scale with:

  • Damage buffs (i.e.:  Eclipse)
  • Haste
  • Spellpower

This means the DoT will maintain whatever Eclipse buff, haste and spellpower over the duration of the DoT.  This is why it’s important that we use Insect Swarm prior to Moonfire/Sunfire, as we want the haste granted from Insect Swarm to be applied to the more damaging of the DoTs, which is Moonfire/Sunfire.  This is why it’s also smart to berserk, if a troll, at the beginning of an Eclipse, as your DoTs should each gain ~2 ticks each.

This has been a public service announcement.

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