Classic WoW Armaments - Meteor Shard
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Detailed Weapon Stats
The Meteor Shard is a unique Dagger that can be equipped in either hand. Its chance-on-hit ability will occasionally cause you to shoot a Firebolt at your current target that deals 35 Fire damage.
I spent a long time hitting things 1,003 times with this weapon and it fired off 29 Firebolts altogether. From that testing alone, we can see it has a 3% chance-on-hit to fire. 3% equals an average of one Firebolt every minute for this weapon, which has an attack speed of 1.8 seconds.
Also, it crit twice, which equals a 6.8% crit chance but I wouldn't take that number seriously due to the low sample size of crits. Rather, most item-and-gear-based chance-on-hit abilities in Vanilla had a fixed 5% crit chance, so I'm going to assume 5%. It also dealt 52 damage on crit which means it has a 1.5x crit damage multiplier.
Therefore, assuming a 3% chance-on-hit and a 5% crit chance, the Meteor Shard ability will add an average of 0.6 additional damage-per-second to this weapon. However, it is still up to random chance and deals damage in bursts, which is helpful in PvP and bad for threat management in PvE.
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There are more questions about this weapon out there, chiefly among them being "does the damage increase with the +spelldamage stat?", but I am currently broke so I can't answer that question at this time. When that question gets answered, or any other discoveries are made, I will annotate this article.
Thanks for reading, and remember, go crazy!
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