Which Abilities Count As Spells?
The game mechanic this most often relates to, in my personal research, is spell hit rating. On this topic, many have discussed some fundamental abilities such as taunt or thunderclap. My interest begins with this, but goes beyond, so please do not limit the conversation to that. Once I began contemplating this, I wondered which other abilities may be affected by this, and also, which abilities am I unable to use because of being silenced?
After searching through Google, another popular theorycrafting forum, and this site, I was not able to locate any source of information which documented all (or even most) of the abilities which count as spells; the conversations were limited to the most popular of those abilities.
I am not opposed to doing some legwork on this subject myself, but before doing so, I would like to know if I am wasting my time (for instance, because such a resource already exists, despite my inability to locate it), and would like a place to share the results with those who share the same interest. Am I looking in the right place, or should I continue my search elsewhere?
When searching on any of the wow database sites (wowhead, thottbot, etc), all that I checked listed every warrior ability as belonging to the physical school of abilities, which would seem to not be accurate if being silenced and spell hit rating affect them.
Is there a simple way that I am missing (besides testing) to determine which abilities count as spells? Is this a line of questioning that has not yet been explored, and as such, needs testing?
If testing is required, there are two things to be explored: affected by silence, and at which amount of hit rating (melee or spell cap) they stop missing. Is there another facet that requires attention?
For testing silence, it would seem to be easiest to have the cooperation of a shadow priest who would silence me, after which I would attempt to use an ability. Does this seem to be a valid test?
For testing the miss rate, I could fight the heroic training dummy in Orgrimmar and check the combat log (or get an add-on which monitors this, but that discussion is best suited for another forum). Does this seem to be a valid test?
Your feedback and support are appreciated. Thank you.