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#1 Nov 01 2012 at 4:00 AM Rating: Decent
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Hi there,

Whilst not a new player, I am very much a casual player, so haven't gone down the road of DPS testing myself before. But I want to do some testing, and was wondering how people get the DPS figures for their various builds. Basically, do you test against one of the dummies for a set period of time (a minute, until mana/stamina runs out, something else) and then check, or do you pick a specific mob to test against? And is there a general consensus on what meter to use? I have used ACT, SimpleMeter and others but not sure which is seen to be the best.

Sorry for the basic questions, but it has bugged me for a while and thought it better to ask for what people think than just muddle along!

Thanks for any help.
#2 Nov 01 2012 at 8:26 PM Rating: Good
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From watching others, the breakdown usually tends to be solo with (de)buffs capable of your build, or fully raid buffed with other people buffing you and debuffing the dummy. Simplemeter may be fine for gauging overall damage, but I think those that get more specific would be better for figuring out which abilities perform well, could be cut, etc.. Only hard part might be getting a dummy to yourself or the people to (de)buff for you to get pure tests.

Otherwise, all timing suggests is sustainability. Fights where melees get frequently disconnected are going to hurt their overall performance, so I feel like anything over a minute is probably overkill in getting comparative in-game situations.
#3 Nov 01 2012 at 11:12 PM Rating: Good
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A minute?

WoW raid bosses last on average around 6-8 minutes. I haven't done any raiding in Rift, but I have to believe fights last at least that long on average (or FFXI bosses that last for days........).

Your dps rotation should be sustainable over several minutes at least without you starving yourself on mana or energy or whatever.
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#4 Nov 03 2012 at 8:34 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, fights are longer, but how long you're disconnected will vary. As is, if a build's leaving you spent in under a minute, it probably needs to be redone. 2 minutes may be fairer, but there also aren't many abilities with 1m+ timers.
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