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NPS – A more robust tanking metric

(Written by our developer, Yellowfive)

The first version of this was posted on Nov 16, 2016 for feedback. Based on some good conversations with the community, we have updated the metric and this post to reflect those changes. (Dec 1, 2016). The main updates are related to self-healing and stamina.

NPS

NoPeS. That’s what tanks do: they nope you. Want to hurt me? Nope. Need some healing to stay alive? Nope, I got this. Can I hit you for 2 million damage please? Nope, let’s make that 1 million.

In a sentence: “NPS” measures how good you are at reducing the size of each incoming hit, and how good you are at sustaining yourself without requiring external healing. (Both of those things are given equal value. Higher is better.)

For the sake of ease, let’s say the “N” stands for “negation” in this discussion. Continue reading

AMR Update Nov 16, 2016 at 12:15AM

Here’s our latest update:

  • iLevel updates to Trial of Valor and Legendary items
  • Hotfixes to classes (like surrender to madness for shadow priests) are live in the simulator
  • Mythic+ gearing strategies for DPS specs are available in the ‘gearing strategy’ (stat weight) picker
  • Update to the optimization algorithm which should be mostly invisible to users, but will fix up a couple of bugs people have reported (like equipping 2 of the same legendary ring). This will also make stat caps work nicer (the caps will be obeyed more rigidly)
  • NPS reporting tweaks (how it splits damage mitigation up between abilities). This is a reporting view change only, it doesn’t affect stat weights.
  • Addon is updated to auto-log Trial of Valor

NPS Blog Post is now up.

Karazhan Patch 7.1 Gear & Stat Weights

Here are the Patch 7.1 updates:

  • New gear is added to the gear lists, upgrade finder, and simulator
  • All new trinkets are implemented – and remember, all trinkets are ranked directly from simulations to ensure accuracy. After logs show up tonight, we will be doing a pass that compares all new trinkets to logs to triple-check that they are in tip-top shape.
  • Crafted level 8 is now added to the filters
  • All class and spell changes have been updated in the simulator and theorycraft wiki (the best source for spell data) – link to patch notes
  • NOTE: The chest pieces for each armor type that improves the power of your trinkets is not yet implemented. There is no spell data or data in game with how (and how much) it improves the trinkets. As soon as we get that information, the chests will be updated on our gear lists and simulator. (Example chest)

Stat weights are updated

All stat weights for each class/spec are also updated to reflect the class & spell changes for patch 7.1. All of those changes are verifiable on the theorycraft wiki. Continue reading

How to Compare Items with simulations

The most popular question right now:  What item is better?

Our item rankings answer that question, and it does so really well if you generated custom weights for your character with our simulator.

But how nice would it be to see the actual damage differences, in addition to the ranking? It would be pretty nice, wouldn’t it. Continue reading

Filters & Gear Lists

There’s a filter icon in the character menu bar. It’s your BFF when it comes to looking at all of the ranked gear lists.

Filters on Ask Mr. Robot

Click that filter icon as shown above. And the filter window pops up, as shown below.

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These filters control all of your gear lists, from the regular ranked lists, to Best in Slot, to everything in the Upgrade Finder. Continue reading

Best in Bags & Upgrade Finder

Be confident in your gearing choices

Here’s a super fast video tutorial that walks you through the best ways to find new gear, as well as making sure you have the best items equipped from the stash you already own.

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Get Ready for Emerald Nightmare – FREE!!

This promotion is now over. All new users still get 1 free week so you can Try before you Buy. The trial starts when you click on a premium feature, no credit card is ever asked for during the trial. 

Mr. Robot wants to make sure you are ready for Emerald Nightmare, so he’s making all of his premium features free Monday and Tuesday, Sept 19 and 20.

And we really mean free. No shady credit card tricks, no ploys to get your email and spam you, that’s not how we operate. When we say free, it’s simple. You get to use every premium feature without paying or entering a credit card. You do need an account so we can save settings (which is necessary for some of the features), but we will NEVER email you marketing stuff. Ever. Not even after the free stuff is over.

So like I said, when we say free, we mean it. No catches, no tricks.

And if you like it enough that you want to keep using it, you can upgrade for $2 a month (if paying monthly) or $12 a YEAR (if paying annually). And of course, you can cancel online, any time, no hassles (and no tricks).

Here’s a video that describes and demonstrates our most popular premium features. If you are at work and can’t watch the video, read the sections below for more info, as well as a pictorial.

To use them, go to AskMrRobot.com and load your character. To get the in-game addon, go to Curse.

Best in Bags

As you’ve leveled up and been running mythic dungeons, you’ve accumulated a lot of gear. Is that 850 warforged item better than an 840 you have with your best stats? Which trinkets should you be using? How much does a socket on an item improve it?

Best in Bags answers all of those things. Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you currently own, evaluates it, and tells you what to equip.

Upgrade Finder

While “Best in Bags” helps evaluate your current gear, the Upgrade Finder helps you identify the best new gear that you could get. It answers things like:

  • Which bosses have the best upgrades?
  • What dungeons still have upgrades for me?
  • Where should I spend my bonus rolls?
  • If I get titanforged or socketed items, are they better than what I currently have?
  • What are the best legendaries?

And the list keeps going!

Picture Tutorial

Click the image for a larger view. Then hover over the image for the zoom icon to make it even bigger.

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Smart Mode

You’ll see the ‘Smart Mode’ option in the upgrade finder. This takes possible warforged, titanforged, and socketed items into account. If a regular version of an item is NOT better for you, Mr. Robot upgrades it until it IS better for you.

If an item gets upgraded, you can see the chance of getting that upgrade in the list. He’ll tell you if there’s a high chance (like +5 or +10 ilevels), a medium chance, low, very low, and almost zero (like +50!).

You can turn this mode on or off depending on what you want to see.

Enjoy now, upgrade later

Use these features a lot on Monday and Tuesday. Make sure you have the best gear you can, that’s why we made them free.

And if you like them later and want to upgrade, like I said before, it’s really fairly priced at just $12 a year. As a 3-person, independent company, we appreciate each premium member. So for those of you who upgrade later, I’d like to offer a huge thanks and a big metal roboty hug.

Combat Log Announcement

We will not be continuing our combat logs for Legion. I’m not saying ‘never’ – but they definitely aren’t on our current plans. Keep your eyes peeled for cool collaboration projects between us and Warcraft Logs.

The types of tools we build

We like to give you tools to optimize your character. The gear optimizer and ranked gear lists are a clear winner. We wanted to build other tools around the gear picture.

So we brought gear into the combat log picture for Warlords of Draenor. As you remember, no one had offered that before (or during the entire expansion).  Continue reading

Legion & The Armory

Patch 7.0 Armory

Is your character not updating? Or is your artifact not loading?

The armory usually takes a bit to update when expansions hit. That means there are currently some armory artifact loading issues.

No worries! You can use our addon to update your character.

How to use our in-game addon to update your character:

Continue reading

Important Low Level Items & Ranking Gear

There are a few low level items worth paying attention to as you craft gear and run dungeons. I wanted to point these out before you vendor them in a leveling craze and the made rush to getting raid-ready gear.

 Necklace and Ring

Save all rings & necklaces

Let me quickly explain why. Continue reading

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