Parry -- WoWWiki Information (??)
I've had a personal pet peeve with a particular listing on WoWWiki for several months. The Parry Formula is not supported by the actual research and combat log parsing myself and several others such as Aylevene have done.
Parry represents 100% avoidance of a frontal attack. Players can Parry most Physical attacks. Most Elemental-based Melee attacks can be Parried. A player cannot Parry a Critical Strike or Crushing Blow under normal circumstances.
Parry represents an offensive avoidance and costs considerably more in terms of itemization. When a player Parries, their next normal melee swing becomes a counter-attack sped up by as much as 50%.
Parry is most beneficial when using slower weapon.
An important piece of information that should be noted is that successfully parrying an attack will reduce the delay before your next attack. The reduction amount is a flat 40% of your normal swing time. The delay cannot be reduced to less than 20% of your weapon?s base swing delay.
These two are at odds. I would like to see a resolution.
First, for the record, I have a natural distrust of anything posted on WoWWiki. I take everything I read there with a pretty darn big grain of salt.
Who came up with the WoWWiki formula?
What evidence and combatlogs did they parse to determine this information?
I don't know who all has done research on Parry and Doge mechanics. I do know that all of my comments and information contained the guide was tested and parsed by me personally. I did not see the pattern emerge that the Wiki claims to be the case.
I'm also not discrediting the Wiki. It may be accurate, because even very slight server lag could be throwing off numbers to the point where a pattern can't be determined. However, if this is the case, I'm curious how they came up with that formula. Perhaps a game file?
I unfortunately can't search for either of my original Parry postings on the forums due to the 10-page limit. However, a recent combat log I was able to find can be found here: