01/17/2012 07:52 PMPosted by BravokWhy the flamestrike's DOT does'nt contribute to the combustion effect ???
Combustion reads "Combines your damaging periodic Fire effects ON AN ENEMY TARGET..."
Since Flamestrike does not leave a debuff on the target, it does not contribute to the calculation.
I'm not sure if it was mentioned in the thread, but a neat component of the flamestrike ground DoT is that it is not affected by the AoE cap.
Edit: Browsed through the thread, and since the concept hasn't been fleshed out before this, I figured I'd expound a bit on the AoE cap. Feel free to correct if any of this info is out of date.
AoE (Area of Effect Damage) can be a very powerful tool. So powerful in fact that Blizzard instituted a mechanic known as the "AoE cap." The basic function of the AoE cap is meant to prevent large amounts of output on gigantic groups of players/NPCs.
Essentially, if a given spell will damage more than 10 targets, the damage per target is adjusted so that the spell will only do the amount of damage that it would were it hitting just 10 targets. For Example:
A) I cast Blizzard on 10 targets. Each target takes 1,000 damage/sec, for a total of 10k damage per tick across all targets.
B) I cast Blizzard on 20 targets. Each target takes 500 damage/sec, for a total of 10k damage per tick across all targets.
In addition to this mechanic, there are certain spells that avoid the AoE cap. Flamestrike's initial damage is subject to the cap, whereas the ground DoT operates outside of the rule. The same is true of a talented Blastwave. A Combustion that is spread to more than 10 targets is not affected by the cap either, since each individual debuff operates as its own single target spell.
That's probably a little wordy, and if I (or more likely someone else) can word it better, I'm sure it will be updated later, but that's the idea of the AoE Cap as it applies to mages.