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Team Optimizer Testing: In-Game Looting

We’ve been working on adding in-game support to team looting. Our team tested it last night and it’s awesome. I’m opening it up for testing today and tomorrow before we release it to the public. If you’re interested, you can get the addon at the end of this post.

What it is:

It shows you how big of an upgrade the item is for each person on your team. Let’s everyone choose need, offspec, greed, and pass. It auto-rolls for everyone and let’s you assign loot or even DE it.

Lootz

Rules:

  • Your entire team needs to install the ultra-alpha version of our addon (I will give you this file to share). If 1 or 2 people don’t have it, that’s ok, but it’s more fun when everyone has it.
  • I need feedback!
  • Video / Audio recording: it would be ideal if you could record the looting process via video so I can see (and hear) how it worked out.

 For people who want to test it out:

  • Disable original AMR addon: Ideally, anyone who installs this version should disable the regular version (if they have it). That way, if bugs occur, we can rule out any interference with the other version of the addon.
  • Reinitialize Best in Bags: If you use Best in Bags (which has been improved a wee bit). You must ‘re-initialize’ it because it’s a new addon (rather than an updated version of the original… that’s what you get when testing, ha). To do this, in game, with the addon installed:  activate each of your specs at least once. Open your bags and bank once for 5 seconds or so. Then you can export BiB.
  • Turn auto-logging back on: since this is a new addon, you might have to redo settings, including turning auto-logging back on.
  • Team Optimzer: follow the instructions on the addon’s team optimizer tab. Let me know if anything is confusing.
  • Feedback & Bug Reports: please post any feedback and bugs on our forums.

Get the addon here.

NEW! Hardcore Elitist Mode

Mr. Robot rounded up 10 of the most hardcore theorcyrafters he could find, and asked them how THEY would design an optimizer. And we have our latest feature, thanks to them.

Simply load your character. In the green dropdown menu, select the purple option in the lower right, “Hardcore Elitist Mode.”

HardcoreElitistModeMenu

From there, you’ll find a few simple commands you can enter. Sometimes extra options are needed, and remember, you can stack options together.

For example, I typed in ‘bis’ and was told that I should turn on the warforged and gem socket options in the filter menu. I did that.

I was then told to use the badgear option.

Next I typed in:  bis -badgear
I was told to use the allowbestweights option.

So next I typed in:   bis -badgear -allowbestweights
Then I finally got my BiS setup!

Zoop

Overrides

Mr. Robot wanted to override some of the results for his friends on Twitter. He takes some things literally, you know. But he enjoyed reading all of your fun facts. I was in charge of coding all of his personalized messages, about 350 of them in 24 hours. If you get to the final optimization, you will see your special message. I apologize if I missed yours, or it might not show up as a result of human (spelling) error. I still love you, and all of your amazing facts. Every single one of you made me smile or laugh. This was such a fun project.

One of Mr. Robot’s favorites: Finius from Kirin Tor once opened for the band, Hanson. So Mr. Robot wanted to do a super special optimization for him. Mr. Robot also makes an good argument for horde vs alliance in his message to Airlina. It’s up to you to see what they might be.

hanson

BRF Item Level Increase

In a hotfix this week, Blizzard will be increasing all BRF items by 5 levels. How will that affect your raid? We have the data to tell you via our boss wipe rate and dps graphs.

Overview:

We have actual DPS data for every class and spec at every item level. And to take it one step further, we can separate that by your performance – are you in the 50th percentile, 75th, or 95th? Put all of that together and we can give you a pretty good estimate of how much your DPS will increase with the BRF iLevel boost this week.

Remember, only BRF items (and top level crafted & apexis items) get a 5 iLevel boost, and if some of your items are from Highmaul, those won’t get a boost. So you might get a 2 iLevel boost, instead of a full 5. We have the updated items on our site (including trinket procs), so you can find out exactly how much of an increase you get. Towards the end of this post, we have instructions to find our your own estimated increases.

Item Level Boost: How Does it Affect Teams?

Average Raid Team: Let’s say your raid team is at a 670 iLevel and you perform in the 50th percentile. Let’s assume your team increases your overall iLevel by 2 (since at 670, about half of your items will be from BRF). Your team’s DPS will go up by about 3%, tanks will require about 1 – 2% less healing, and healers will do 2.5 – 3% more healing.

Above Average Raid Team: Let’s say your team is at a 675 iLevel, performing in the 75th percentile. Assume you gain 3 iLevels from the BRF boost. Your DPS would increase by about 5%,  tanks will require about 1 – 3% less healing, and healers will be doing about 4% more healing.

Awesome Raid Team: It’s rare to find an entire team whose players all perform in the 95th percentile in heroic, unless they are already a Mythic team. And that might be the case. Let’s assume this group has an iLevel of 678 that will increase to 682 (4 iLevels). DPS will increase between 7 – 11%, tanks will require 3 – 7% less healing, and healers will do roughly 5 – 7 % more healing.

There is one caveat, as iLevels increase naturally (no boosting) there is a higher chance you have set bonuses. But this iLevel boost can’t magically give you set bonuses, so the increases will probably be a smidge less than data shows.

Here’s a spreadsheet with the data from the above examples. I also made a worksheet to do this for your own character, which you can use with the instructions found later in this post. You can do this for your whole team if you’re into data like me ;) Have fun.

 

Finding our YOUR estimated increase:

1. Find iLevel change: Load your character from the armory (or in-game) to get your current iLevel. Then load your character on our site to get the updated iLevel.

CharOverview

2. Find your percentile ranking: Go to one of your combat logs on our site (shown in the picture above or search for your character here). Choose the boss your interested in. Look for your percentile performance on either the infographic view OR the data view. Both options are shown below.

PercentileRank_Infograph PercentileRank

3. Calculate increase: Go to our DPS / HPS / HRPS graphs. Select the boss & difficulty you’re interested in. Select your old iLevel on the slider scale. Note the damage for the percentile closest to you. Slide the bar up to your boosted iLevel. Then note the damage for the percentile closest to you again. Then take the difference, and divide it by the original number. For example, if the original DPS is 20,000, and the new DPS is 22,000, the different is 2,000. So I take 2,000 / 20,000 and get 10%. So your DPS (etc) would go up by 10%.

The formula is (Original iLevel DPS – New iLevel DPS) / Original iLevel DPS.

Calculate

4. Just apply the calculated % increase to your current DPS on various bosses. And you’re all set. And if you’re crazy, you can use this worksheet to do it for your whole team.

Team Optimizer

Now is a great time to try out the team optimizer, which ranks the % upgrade a drop is for each player in your raid. You can also see everyone’s iLevel, % BiS, and % optimal. We have more info about it here.

 

A Penny For Your Thoughts?

Some of you might be familiar with our combat infographics, some might not. We want to hear from all of you!

You see, we take a different approach to most things, innovating and improving along the way. And since these combat infographics are a pretty radical change to viewing log data, we want your feedback. Please take our survey :)

As a “Thank You” for helping us, we want to help your raid team. So we’ll be randomly choosing 5 people to win guild recruitment on our site. This guild recruitment is targeted to any spec you want, and we can link it to your guild recruitment page. We targeted recruitment messages on our site for our raid team, and it was pretty awesome.

They survey asks for your email, which is how we will contact winners. The emails will NOT be used for any marketing or annoying things. Mr. Robot is very anti-spam :)

Calling all artists!

Mr. Robot wants a makeover! I think all of the S.E.L.F.I.E.’s have made him want something new and shiny so he can look his best in pictures. And who am I to say NO to Mr. Robot? So of course, I’m helping him turn his dream into a reality.

Request for New Logo

We are officially accepting sketches for a new Ask Mr. Robot logo. Don’t think of it as a logo, think of is as just drawing Mr. Robot. What do YOU think he looks like? You will submit them privately so no one can copy your idea. This is not a contest, this is a process for us to find an artist to hire to design a new logo and future logo-related projects. Some details to help you get started:

  • Logo & Header: needs to fit nicely on the site, preferably in a horizontal layout. That’s why we have just Mr. Robot’s head up there right now, along with the words “Ask Mr. Robot.” While that can be an option, so can a full robot (like the reddit logos). Really, anything goes! We want to tap into YOUR creativity. Start fresh.
  • Stand-alone: the logo (or another version of it) should look good as a stand-alone item. For example, putting Mr. Robot’s current orange head on a T-Shirt or a postcard looks a bit odd.
  • Custom work: The artist we choose would ideally be able to do continued work on variations of the logo. For example, when Warlords of Draenor launched, it would have been cool to have a FULL ROBOT (not just the head) dressed up / posing for the expansion. Right now, I piece together other images as best as I can, but we want REAL art.

Submit Your Work

  • Email submissions to feedback -at- askmrrobot dot com (escaped to avoid crawlers).
  • Rough sketches are all we need right now. If for some reason, we have questions or don’t quite understand what you are going for, we will give you feedback and accept follow up sketches.
  • Link to your best art: since we’re working off sketches, we’d also like to see an example of some of the art you’ve already done. This will help us envision where the sketch is going to end up.
  • Payment: in your email, include what you’d like to be paid for the original logo, and your rate for additional variations (like Mr. Robot dressed up for Blizzcon).
  • Feedback: we will have an open dialog with each artist, giving feedback and asking questions before any final decisions are made.

Deadline

March 23, 2015 is our current deadline, and we may adjust it depending on the # of submissions. The earlier you send us your sketches, the sooner we can give feedback to review re-submissions.

About Us:

We love artists and are continuously amazed at the talent out there. We’ve hired 5 other artists in the past for various projects, and feel like we’re easy to work with :)  @Ammosart and @Cadistra are the 2 latest artists we’ve hired :)

And of course, last year we coordinated a Blizzard Fan Art gallery at our Blizzcon party. We plan to do it again so if that interests you, let us know in the email or the comments here. All art is donated by the artists (but printed and mounted by us), displayed during the party, then given away (free) at the end of the night.

Team Optimizer

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Mr. Robot’s Team Optimizer helps you:

  • See how optimized the entire team is, on one screen
  • See how close everyone is to their BiS
  • Check the entire team’s iLevel
  • Rank items for each player, showing the % upgrade
  • When ranking loot, see what item is currently equipped for each player

Team’s Optimization, BiS and iLevel

Pictures are better than words for this! I have it sorted alphabetically, but you can switch to sorting by iLevel, % optimal, etc.

RosterOverview

The Roster – How to Get Started

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Oregorger Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they’re doing. Earlier we took a look at Gruul. Today we’re looking at Oregorger! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here’s the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Is dying a lot getting your team down? We’re bringing you some hope – it’s hard for a LOT of teams, not just yours. It looks like teams who kill Gruul need about 5-7 more iLevels before they have the same success rate on Oregorger. For example, to have a 90% wipe rate or less, teams on Gruul had 655N / 671H. But to have a 90% wipe rate or less on Oregorger, teams had an iLevel of 665N / 677H. This doesn’t mean it’s impossible, just a bit harder.

Oregorger_WipeGraph

WipeRate_NvH

About our Infographics.

Rolling Phase

You’re trying to end this phase fast, but do you know how well you stack up? Do you have to kill it faster or are you already doing well? The infographics will tell you. For example, my team had an average of 16 Hunger Drive stacks. Under the Hunger Drive section, you can also see who did the most damage to the ore crates.

HungerDrive

The Avoidable Damage section will show you how well your team did at not getting rolled over. Me (Zoopercat), I am personally terrible at it. I’ll work on it, I promise!

RollingFury

Acid Torrent

Were your tanks doing a good job of mitigating Acid Torrent? I know our first few wipes consisted of everyone giving an opinion of how acid torrent worked! For those of you still struggling: acid torrent targets a player, and the boss turns to spray a cone of damage in the direction of that person. It does a lot of damage to the first person it hits, so your tank wants to run in front of it. And the damage dealt to the group of players in the cone is reduced based on the amount of damage your tank mitigated. Our tanks were working on it, mitigating about 2/3rds of them on average.

AcidTorrent

Want infographics for your own raid?

There’s even more data for Oregorger, I just have a quick overview. The infographics are fun. And they’re FREE. Uploading is easy.

Gruul Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they’re doing. Let’s start with Gruul! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here’s the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Think you’re wiping a lot and your team is bad? That might not be the case – there are high wipe rates across the board. Click to make it bigger, so you don’t strain your human optical input devices. The wipe rate is the % of attempts that ended in a wipe. So if there were 1000 attempts at level 659 and 200 were kills, that would leave 800 wipes, or an 80% wipe rate.

The wipe rate for Oregorger is quite a bit higher at each iLevel.

Gruul_WipeRate_Feb5

About our Infographics.

How many Shatters hit your friends?

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Purposeful Wipe: They don’t have to count against you!

Blackrock Foundry is here, and what does that mean?
A LOT OF WIPES!

And now that we have our fancy infographics, I know you don’t want purposeful deaths to count against you, right? Not a problem!

Our addon has a wipe command. You can press the button in the addon, or the more popular approach, macro /amr wipe to a button :)  In the off chance you called a wipe too early, you can ‘unwipe’ the raid so damage is still counted. Yes it backtracks. No, it won’t rez your whole raid :(

If you want to be SUPER fancy, you can macro the wipe command to a raid warning too (so it announces it to the raid). You need to be a raid leader or assist for the raid warning to show up.

Raid Wipe Macro:

/amr wipe
/rw Wipe! (or whatever you want this to say)

Get the right tools for Raid Logging:

Our addon - this records gear, talents and glyphs for EACH pull for everyone who has the addon in your raid. That way, when looking through the logs, you can see exactly what everyone had equipped. It also has the wipe command and auto-logging options.

Our desktop application - This lets you upload fights to our site and collects the gear data from the addon file.