I felt the need to make a seperate thread regaurding this issue since I have explained it 3 or four seperate times in my macro’s thread but still have numerous people concearned because they believe they are falling short on their DPS output in game because they are simming way higher than they can reproduce at a target dummy.
If you are using raidbots to sim your toon’s dps, THEN YOU CANNOT TEST YOUR ACTUAL DPS IN GAME AT A TARGET DUMMY. The default script for raidbots is a Stitches Boss script and they do not have an option for a Target Dummy script. The only sim I know of that does provide a Target Dummy script for sure is Ask Mr Robot. The reason that this is critical to realize is that EVERYONE no matter who you are, will get significantly lower dps results on a target dummy than they will on an actual boss fight no matter how good your gear is. I, myself can only pull 3.2-3.5k dps in game on a raid dummy, but when I go to a Heroic Garothi Worldbreaker fight, I always pull at least 4.2k dps. One of the reasons for this is the talent that makes KC do more damage to targets under 30%health will not show up on a target dummy because it will not ever drop that low on health, and if you use animal companion, that wont help you out much either because its much weaker of a talent and also the extra pet will get calculated seperately by default(at least thats how it was for me with Skada) so youll have to add the secondary pet’s total dps to your total.
If you truly want to see a broken down view of your performance and be told exactly what your biggest mistakes are and what you can do to improve your performance, I’d recommend the addon"loggerhead" and then go to warcraft logs and download their client(which is their log file uploader), go to your game menu and in the network settings, enable “advanced logging” then go do some Heroic raiding and make sure to enable loggerhead when the window pops up as soon as you enter a raid instance. after you finish raiding go upload your new log file to warcraftlogs.com then click “show report” when its finished uploading. One your at the main page of your report copy the entire web address that’s currently showing in the address bar then goto wowanalyzer and paste that into the bar on that website and TADA you will see exactly what all you did right and exactly what you did wrong. Hope this helps some people out.