I wonder where they keep the books with 'M' ...
No, I am not talking about the alphabet here. Although being able to read is certainly an advantage in a game whose main ingredients include quests and textual communication between players (MMO means Massive Multiplayer Online, after all). That being said, I personally know a few players that cannot read at all, and there are certainly blind WoW players (I can’t imagine how hard this must be *bows in respect* ).
But as I mentioned at the beginning, this post is not about reading in or about WoW; it is about how new and inexperienced players can get a bit more out of their character. Anyone who has read WoW blogs for some time will now shake their head and sigh due to the silly title of this blog post. Anyone who is still in the dark about it will probably have stopped reading by now. Which is unfortunate, really, because this blog post might be for them.
The ABC Rule
For many WoW players this is stating the obvious; some may never have bothered with it and maybe never will; for a select few, though, this might be helpful. And after all, the WoW blogging community is all about helping others, isn’t it? WoW blogs certainly don’t exist for the mere purpose of venting about one’s raid members (and attaching some obscure reasoning for why this is relevant to it) or complaining about how difficult it is to lead a guild. Most certainly not!
After this detour (not the last one, I can assure you of that) you might ask:
What, then, is the ABC rule?
The ABC rule is very easy: Always Be Casting.
I don’t get it.
In effect, it means that you are hitting your buttons constantly. Sitting around idly will not gain you much DPS (damage per second — is also used for players whose job it is to “lay on the hurt”). Once an attack or a spell has been started, you should already be hitting the key (or mouse button or whatever else, depending on your setup) for your next ability. Example: a mage starts casting a Fireball. Immediately after the cast has started, they are mashing their Pyroblast key (yes, something procced), until that cast has started (or in this case, the global cooldown — more on that below — of the instant Pyro has started). At this very instant, they start hammering away at their Fireball key again. And then another Fireball. And another one. And so on and so forth. The ABC rule is not only for mages, though.
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