In August 2005, a Blizzard representative made the following statement:Info on crit and hit chances
| 2006-08-25 09:54 |Aeus
The way WoW calculates crit rate is over ALL attacks. Crit rate is not based on hits only. In other words, if you have a 5% crit rate, that 5% chance includes misses.
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Based on the implications of this statement, it has been suggested by some players that the result of every melee or ranged attack is decided based on a single server-generated random number (a single "die roll" made internally on the server), checked against a server-side internal table for the attack.
There are two types of attacks in World of Warcraft's combat system: melee/ranged and spells.
For melee and ranged attacks, the game uses the attack table seen to the left. The table is laid out in descending order of the precedence of one attack result over another. That is to say, the entries at the top of the table take precedence...