Are they just ballparking it? Using the character sheet damage? Running a program that actually calculates it for them?
The reason I'm asking is I see people advertising Twitch streams or whatnot with things like '1.5 mil dps wizard running rifts' or something similar. I'm also asking because I feel like my dps is much much much higher than that and I'd like to know if that's true or if it's just in my head.
With my fire damage boosted to where it's at, I get HotA crits as high as 15 mil on white trash and 22 mil on elites without cooldowns. Frenzy crits for 2.5-3 mil on average. When Maximus procs, and it procs a lot, the fire chains at their weakest spam crits for 3 to 4 mil and it's not uncommon to see 2 or 3 crits spam over the course of a single second. All of these numbers skyrocket in both amound of damage done and frequency of crits occuring when I use WotB.
I feel like my DPS would be much higher than 1.5 mil DPS but I honestly do not know and I'm curious how others are calculating their DPS.
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Generally, when someone says "dps" in diablo 3, they don't mean damage per second but rather effective damage stat. So if they have 1 mil damage on the sheet, and 40% fire damage, and use only fire skills, then they have 1.4 mil dps pretty much.
In terms of ACTUAL dps output? Yea, most lvl 70 players probably output anywhere from low-5 mil dps single-target (low end gear) to a few billion AoE dps (high end gear)