Casting direction

When you cast a DoT is it essencial to stand face-to-face to the target or spell will be casted regardless on your position (i.e. even when you're running from the target and it's behind you)? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Miriel (talk · contr).

At least with Shadow Word: Pain, it's ok to be running away when you cast a DoT -- I do this frequently. --Shirik 05:19, 2 April 2007 (EDT)

Stacking Dots

I've noticed that stacking dots behave different then non-stacking dots. If you spam rejuvenation on yourself, the first tick will keep reseting and never happen.

However if you spam a stacking dot like lacerate or deadly posion. The first tick does not reset and will still happen 3seconds after you begin spaming. The side effect of this is depending on how soon after the last tick the dot is reaplied/stacked the last tick will come before the spells time left is finished.

Ex. Lacerate: If it is reaplied right before a tick the first tick will come pretty much instantly, and the last tick will come three seconds early. This is why stacking dot debuffs seem to wear off sooner then they should sometimes.

I just thought this was an interesting difference between stacking dots, and non-stacking dots. But couldnt find a good place to post it on wow-wiki. --Barnmaddo


Is it right that channeled spells are considered DoT (non-direct damage) spells? If so it would be good to add a section on them, or at least a mention of this fact, to this page. And probably also that [Arcane Missiles] is an exception. --Scrotch 23:59, 22 June 2007 (UTC)

Not entirely. Most channeled spells behave quite similar to DoT spells, but not completely equal (for example, channeled spells cannot be partially resisted). This has changed over time (previously, they seemed to be identical), and I personally believe that a mention wouldn't be appropriate anymore. --bfx 18:27, 14 March 2008 (UTC)

Dot Crit?

It says that dots cannot crit and recieve no bonus from +crit chance. I don't think that's completely true however, if a warlock has 3 points in pandemic (sorry don't know how to link) in tier 9 of the affliction tree it essentially lets corruption and UA to 'crit' on ticks. I don't think it would show as a crit in the combat log, but otherwise is treated like one as far as I can tell and IS based on +crit gear. --Ndoki (talk) 04:29, 2 March 2009 (UTC)