What is burst DPS?

So I was able to discern that DPS is damage per second, But could somebody please explain burst DPS to me?

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  • 6 years ago
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    DPS is just a catch-all term for dealing damage these days.

    "Burst damage" in games is when you a large amount of damage all at once. This is opposite to "sustained damage" which is dealing steady damage over a period of time.

    In World of Warcraft, classes like Destruction Warlocks and Fire Mages are heavy on burst damage. They cast big, powerful nuke-type spells. Affliction Warlocks on the other hand rely more on curses and damage over time spells that deal their full damage over some number of seconds.

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