When I click my turret does it fire immediately, somewhere in the middle or after the cycle is completed?
It's kind of hard to figure out. The fire animation starts a bit into the cycle (like a second), but then the animation can often be kind of unrelated to what actually happens in a mmo.
I'm wondering because if you got a Rate of Fire of 20 seconds and a 8000 volley and it fires immediately then you will have fired 2 shots and done 16000 possible damage in just a bit over 20 seconds. If on the other hand it fires at the end of the cycle then you will have done 8000 damage in 20 seconds. If it fires somewhere in the middle you will have done 16000 damage somewhere between 20-40 seconds.
If you got an answer please provide a reliable source (dev blogs etc) or experimental data.