DPS help

100 Human Paladin
11935
Ok my ret pally is my main character, I have pretty decent gear, 497 is my overall but i have some 502 and 522 pieces.

Everyone talks about DPS but, I dont understand I dont think. When i attack, I can do damage upwards of 130k that i have notices and as low as 16k, but i never really notice a change in my "DPS" other than by a 1 or 2k swing...

Is dps a generic term people are using for damage or should my dps really e up arond 100k? right now its sitting at 11k when i look at my character...

can someone please give me some incite and some help on increasing my dps either way.

Thanks
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100 Tauren Paladin
12015
Don't look at the DPS on your character sheet. That's just auto-attacks. In order to determine your true DPS you need an addon like Recount or Skada that tracks your total damage.
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93 Dwarf Paladin
14455
"DPS" is a term that literally means damage per second. This figure is determined by taking your total damage for a certain encounter and dividing that number by the length of the encounter. So, if you deal fifty-seven million damage over the course of a six minute (three hundred sixty second) encounter, your DPS would be 158,333.

To track this, you need an addon such as Skada or Recount, or to be running World of Logs' client.
Edited by Grôgnárd on 7/11/2013 5:30 PM PDT
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100 Blood Elf Rogue
17175
So, if you deal fifty-seven million damage over the course of a six minute (three hundred second) encounter, your DPS would be 158,333.
Grog stacks so much haste his minutes only have 50 seconds in them. I is impressed :P
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93 Dwarf Paladin
14455
Grog stacks so much haste his minutes only have 50 seconds in them. I is impressed :P


...No, I realized that mistake earlier and fixed the actual number, but forgot to fix that part. LOL
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100 Human Paladin
11935
Thank you everyone for the input! is there a preference between skada or recount? Also im using paly spell flash to help my timing should i keep it or just go back ot instinct. Im not noticing a horrible difference with or without.
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93 Dwarf Paladin
14455
I prefer Recount, but I don't think there's any truly outstanding difference between the two. If you're not having issues, I'd say stick with what you've got; if you're good with handling Inq, either way would be fine.
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