Go read this by Candian Pimp on the Warlock’s Den: How to analyze your WWS reports as Affliction
In this post I’m going to examine my performance in the fight last night where we downed Patchwerk. Here’s the full WWS from last night: Naxx-25 3/4. We downed Patchwerk and then wiped a bunch on Grobbulus.
After you’re hit capped, the easiest way to increase your damage done to a boss is to increase your time on the boss.
Duration of the fight: 5 minutes 18 seconds (5’18”) (total of 318 seconds) (Found at the top of the report)
Divided by 12: 26.5 (318 / 12)
Divided by 3: 106 (318 / 3)
Divided by 2: 159 (318 / 2)
Patchwerk is a tank and spank fight. There’s no movement involved. So aside from ~5-10 seconds to allow the tanks to get situated and grab aggro you could theoretically have 100% uptime on your spells.
Haunt has a 12 second uptime. It “ticks” once when it’s refreshed. That means, in a 318 second fight, in order to have 100% uptime of Haunt I have to have refreshed it at least 26 times. My report shows I only had 21(
17)** haunts. Which means I had alot of haunt downtime. In fact that works out to only 81% uptime (21 / 26). There’s still some room for improvement.
Haunt: 21 ticks (81% uptime)
Corruption, Immolation, Unstable Affliction and Siphon Life tick every 3 seconds. This means, in a 318 second fight, in order to have 100% uptime I should see 106 ticks.
Corruption 91 ticks (85% uptime)
Unstable Affliction 82 ticks (77% uptime)
Immolation 81 ticks (76% uptime)
Siphon Life 69 ticks (65% uptime)
Curse of Agony ticks every 2 seconds. This means that in a 318 second fight, in order to have 100% uptime I should see 159 ticks.
Curse of Agony: 125 ticks (79% uptime)
Assuming that we killed Patchwerk at a constant rate (not guaranteed.. but I’m going to use it as a guess anyway) then Patchwerk should have hit 25% health ~239 seconds into the fight (318 / 4 * 3). That means I had 79 seconds where I could channel Drain Soul on him for 4x damage. Drain Soul ticks every 3 seconds.. and I interrupt the channel to re-cast Haunt, Corruption (if necessary), Unstable Affliction, and Immolate. So I know I won’t hit 100% uptime.. but if I did, that would be 26 ticks of Drain Soul.
Drain Soul: 12 ticks (46% uptime)
I’m not terribly worried about my Siphon Life uptime it’s my lowest priority and I drop it when I start doing Drain Soul. That said, I did a very poor job on my drain soul 46% uptime is pitiful. It’s hitting for ~9k a pop.. and I only managed to DS for half of the time I should have. I think I have lots of room to improve all of my dot uptimes.
Plan to improve:
Increase my Haunt uptime which should also increase my Corruption uptime. Start channeling Drain Soul as soon as it’s available and only interrupt to refresh Haunt, Corruption, and Unstable Affliction.
Since Immolate isn’t an affliction spell I’m going to drop it when I start channeling Drain Soul.
**As Ammordius pointed out, WWS shows 17 hits for Haunt but I didn’t notice that it wasn’t showing the “crit” column for Haunts. So I had 17 hits and 4 crits for a total of 21 Haunts.