I have a secret to tell you all. I’ve tried to keep our “Best in Bags” feature on the down-low until we had time to improve on it. We launched it as a quick, simple idea: ‘wouldn’t it be cool if Mr. Robot could look at all the stuff in your bags and tell you what is best to equip?’ It was the BiS version of what you had available, aka, BiB.
And then it grew… people used it for offspec (which was a bit of a hack). And then people wanted it to take Valor upgrades into account. And more, and more, and more. These are all super fantastic ideas, and we’ve been working on implementing them. And now they are live!
The entire site (free users too) got a new dual spec function. We will be reading your primary and secondary specs from the armory and let you switch between them easily. Now your gear, stat weights (and other settings) will be saved with each spec! Hoooray!!!
BiB & Dual Spec
The dual spec functionality was necessary to handle BiB more elegantly. The old method of locking in items between specs, and other things ended up a bit confusing. So if you’ve figured out how to handle dual spec with our current BiB, and you haven’t pulled out all of your hair in frustration, good for you! If you’re bald as a result, send your rogain reimbursement requests to Mr. Robot at… oh hmmm… he’s telling me he can’t remember his address right now…
Rest assured, we are making this super easy and amazing!
With dual spec mode, you can now tell Mr. Robot which spec is your main. Then you can hit the “Find Best in Bags” button and Mr. Robot will find the best stuff for you main spec and offspec at the same time. Here’s the fancy part: he takes the best main spec items and locks in their modifications behind the scenes. He then uses any main spec items (without making new modifications) and any leftover pieces to find the best set for your offspec.
Here’s an example: let’s say he picks the 522 Sword of Robotic Power for your main spec weapon, and puts in 2 Int gems and does a mastery > haste reforge. Now, let’s say Crit is your best offspec stat – if Mr. Robot uses the Sword of Robotic Power for your offspec, it will keep the 2 int gems and Mastery > Haste reforge: he isn’t allowed to change those for the offspec. He might also choose a different weapon in your bags instead – because he’ll be allowed to change the gems, enchants and reforges on it. But it’s all up to him and his crazy mathy ways.
Our new BiB locking is much simpler. If you lock an item, Mr. Robot isn’t allowed to change its gems, enchants or reforges for any reason. It’s just locked – plain and simple.
Valor Upgrade Matching
We had a bunch of users request that items in the bags match the upgraded equipped items. The idea is if you have a 522+8 item equipped and a 522 in your bags… the non-upgraded 522 may never look better unless it also gets upgraded. So we put in auto-upgrade matching already: if your equipped item is upgraded, any items for that same slot are auto-upgraded when figuring out your BiB.
But that caused some problems: what if you don’t have the valor to upgrade. What if it’s for offspec and you don’t want to upgrade it? So the new version will have a few options (yay!).
- Auto: will act similar to how it was in the past. If you have an equipped item upgraded for a particular slot, Mr. Robot will update all other items in your bags for that slot.
- Off: never upgrade, leave everything as it is.
These will likely be options on a per-spec basis. For example, you may want to always upgrade for main spec and never upgrade for offspec.
Stuff to know about the BiB Setup
- Using the desktop application (highly recommended, pc only)
- Installing the in-game mod to export BiB (manual, if you use a mac or don’t want the desktop application).
Lastly, to those of you who use BiB as a premium member, thank you. We really appreciate it and allows us to continue to do this as our day jobs, which allows us to continuously improve on the site.
For those of you who haven’t tried it, just click the Best in Bags button – you get a 1 week free trial (no, we don’t ask for a credit card during the trial… we think tricking people into paying is the wrong way to do business). If you later decide to upgrade to premium, it’s $12 a year.