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Making the Best Use of Recount, Part 1: The Introduction

This is the first in what is to be a series of posts about Recount. Links to the rest are at the bottom.

What Recount Is

Recount is an add-on for World of Warcraft. It keeps track of many types of battle data for all members of your group. The data collected and displayed by Recount are:

  • Damage Done
  • DPS
  • Friendly Fire
  • Damage Taken
  • Healing Done
  • Healing Taken
  • Overhealing Done
  • Deaths
  • DOT Uptime
  • HOT Uptime
  • Dispels
  • Dispelled
  • Interrupts
  • Ressers
  • CC Breakers
  • Activity
  • Mana Gained
  • Energy Gained
  • Rage Gained
  • Runic Power Gained

As you can see, there’s a little bit of something for everyone. In my experience, however, some people don’t even realize Recount shows anything but Damage Done, and many more people than that never use any of its other charts.

How Recount Collects Data

Understanding how Recount collects data is important if you really want to understand its data reports. If you’ve ever looked at Recount data posted into raid or party chat by someone else and compared it to your own, you may have noticed some discrepancies in the numbers reported (though Recount data from different players will usually be very similar).

The reason for this is that Recount can only collect data for group members within a certain distance of the player — 40 yards, I believe, though that figure is based solely on personal observation.

Coming Up Next

In the next part of the series, I’ll be talking about how to read Recount and make it do your bidding.

  1. The Introduction
  2. Display Window Basics
  3. Damage Done Details
  4. The DPS Report
  5. Damage Taken and Friendly Fire
  6. Healing Done

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