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Blizzcon Party – Thursday Nov 6, 2014 @ the Hilton

We’re co-hosting the World of Podcasts Blizzcon Party this year!

I don’t want to say this party will be huge (but it will be), or that we have several dedicated bartenders who’ve guaranteed that we can’t run out of drinks (but it’s true)… what I really want to get across is WHY you should ACTUALLY go to this party.

It’s unique, informative, and just plain fun.

We reserved 4 rooms that have expert panel discussions, a photo booth, fansite-celebrity meet & greets, a fan art exhibit, Hearthstone fireside gatherings, multiple bartenders, and over 300 prizes. The event is totally free.

Get your Eventbrite ticket here!

Thursday, November 6 from 6:30 PM to 11:30 PM PST
At the Hilton, 777 W Convention Way
(Be sure to sign up, the more accurate the head count, the better we can schedule the right number of bartenders!)

FanArtExibit

Fan Art Exhibit:
All art will be given away as prizes at the end of the night!

WHAT?! Yeah, that’s right. Mr. Robot and I have been curating the art and contacting artists for the past several months, and over 100 artists have donated over 200 pieces of art. And at the end of the night, it’s all going to be given away… for free! We’re not exaggerating this either – it’s all high quality, mounted on backing board, and over half are 11×14 or larger!

Here’s a tiny sampling of some of the pieces, all different styles, and all amazing artists:

 Green-Screen Photo Booth!

Photobooth2We’re still finalizing the green screen images, but they will be pretty fantastic.

The photo area is big, so we can accommodate large groups of people, like your guild meetup!

 

Take a picture (or two or three), it’s totally free! The digital pictures will be ready shortly after Blizzcon (again, totally free).

(The artwork in the photo strips to the left are headshots from various art that will be at our exhibit!)

 

Hearthstone Fireside Gatherings

We’re finalizing the details, but we already have the equipment and a room for Fireside gatherings. Stay tuned as we release more information on the event.

Over 300 Prizes!

Prizes

These are epic level prizes too.

  • Goodie bags stuffed with surprises
  • T-shirt giveaways
  • Bilzzard swag
  • Jinx! “Faction Bundles” that each contain 3 T-shirts, a hat, a hoodie, some stickers and a key chain.
  • Exclusive posters
  • Over 200 pieces of fan art
  • And more!

And the reason this party got started in the first place:
Podcasters & Panelists!

Darrie from OpenRaid and Wil from A Bit of Geek & Nerdery will be MC’ing the event! Get excited, they are both awesome.

The panels run 25 minutes long, starting on the hour. And starting on the half hour, also for 25 minutes are Q&A sessions with other experts. The panel discussion tops are:

  • Blizzcon predictions
  • Warlords engame, from casual to hardcore
  • General WoW discussion & guild community
  • Podcasting
  • Content Creation

For a list of participating podcasters, bloggers and other wow fansites, go here.

See you there!

Countdown: 50 Facts for WoD

I’ll be sharing a fact a day as I gather information on my fact finding missions for Warlords of Draenor. Days left to launch of WoD: 42, live countdown

  • Fact #42: Crafted Gear
    The upgrade-able crafted gear that you can get in WoD has a unique-equip constraint: you can only have 3 of those crafted items on at a time. And this spans across professions. Here’s an example of one of those items (and its upgrades): Truesteel Helm starts at 640 and upgrade to 655 and 665. Note the tooltip that says “Unique-Equipped: Warlords Crafted (3).” We verified this in game, thanks to @TheOneOnDruryLane, a developer on the TradeSkillMaster addon.
  • Fact #43: PERKS!
    As you level up from 92-98 you get a new thing called, Perks. They modify existing abilities (they aren’t new abilities). They are different for each class specialization, and you get one at level 92, 94, 96, and 98. However, the one you actually get at each level is randomized. For a list of perks, choose the perk tab at the bottom right section of this WoWhead guide.
  • Fact #44: Inventory
    The default UI will allow you to sort your bags, and will color code items based on quality (epic items have a purple border, for example). 
  • Fact #45: Garrisons & crafted gear
    Several garrison buildings will be able to craft both the rare and epic quality gear that professions can craft (see fact #47). They will not be able to craft the things you need (like Greater Truesteel essense) to upgrade them, however.
  • Fact #46: Cooking
    Cooking has changed a bit. The number of servings you get from food & feasts increases with your cooking skill.
  • Fact #47: Crafted gear
    Each profession that can make gear, can make upgrade-able BoE items that are as good at Normal Mode iLevels for both Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.  Recall WoD normal mode is the same as MoP Flex mode. An example item, the Steelforged Dagger starts at level 630 and can be upgraded to 645 and 655. And epic craftable items like Truesteel Helm start at 640 and upgrade to 655 and 665 by using Truesteel Essence and Greater TrueSteel Essence.
  • Fact #48: Gear enchancements
    Gems, enchants, food, etc all affect secondary stats only (not primary). With 1 exception: flasks will give you +200 / +250 (normal, greater) to a primary stat.
  • Fact #49: Item levels
    Highmaul is the first raid, followed by Blackrock Foundry. Item levels on gear from those raids are below. Thanks to @Elvinelol and his twitch stream for this info!
    Highmual | Blackrock Foundry
    LFR – 640 | 650
    Normal – 655 | 665
    Heroic – 670 | 680
    Mythic – 685 | 695
  • Fact #50: Hit & Expertise
    All Hit & Expertise will be gone with Patch 6.0.2. Hit is replaced with Crit and Expertise is replaced with Haste. For example, Rigid River’s Heart is now +20 Crit (instead of +20 Hit).

Have a lesser-known fact you want to share? Leave it in the comment and if I use it, I’ll give you credit :)

World of Podcast & Mr. Robot BLIZZCON Party!

Expert panels, game room, art exhibit, photo booth, bartenders, hundreds of prizes, all taking up 4 event rooms at the Hilton… join Mr. Robot & the World of Podcasts crew at this year’s biggest Blizzcon party on Nov 6 at the Hilton.

Hang out with your Favorite WoW Fan Personalities

The awesome folks behind World of Podcasts have organized podcast, fansite and theorycraft experts across a bunch of panels and FAQ sessions. But it doesn’t stop there! We have rented out 4 event spaces at the Hilton and the panelists will all be hanging out before & after their sessions to chat with everyone.

Art Exhibit

We had an idea to contact a few artists to feature at our event. But it generated so much interest in the artist community we now have 100 artists who gave us permission to print 200 different pieces of art. Our Blizzcon Party Planning Committee is really excited to make this happen. But we need to reach our kickstarter stretch goal of $1500 in order to afford the 4th room AND the printing and mounting costs. But we we meet the goal, we will have a really cool fan art exhibit with 200 pieces of art that will be given away for free at the end of the party!

Photo Booth

A photo booth with a green screen option? Yes, please! This is another kickstarter stretch goal – if we meet it, we’ll have enough funds to setup a photo booth in one of the rooms. And of course, we’d upload them all and make sure everyone gets digital copies :)

Prizes!

We have a lot of prizes already acquired, and they are pretty amazing! As I mentioned earlier, we hope to have 200 pieces of mounted art to give away (great for autographs). And a ton of other really cool, unique prizes.

Kickstarter

We hope to see you there! The party is happening! Now it’s just a matter of reaching a few stretch goals to make it even more exciting!

Battle.net OAuth Login Integration

Blizzard now allows fansites to integrate with their logins. It uses that same technology that the Facebook logins use 3rd party sites. This opens up a lot of cool options for us and other fansites.

How does this work?

Click the ‘load character’ button on our site and the normal character selection window will open. Click on the far right tab ‘my characters.’ You’ll see the battle.net login button.

BattleNetLoginWhen you click it, you are redirected to battle.net. You login on Blizzard’s webpage – the credentials are never entered into our site. Then you are given the option to let us see various battle.net information. Right now, we can get a list of characters, but Blizzard plans to allow for more things, like which Blizzard games you own, etc.

Once our site gets the ‘ok’ from battle.net, we are given a random token that we can use to get that data. The token can only be used to get the data battle.net allows us to get. So there is no way for us (or anyone else) to get your account name, password, or any other information that is not allowed.

I mentioned these use the same technology that Facebook logins use, but unlike Facebook, the battle.net permissions don’t give out personally identifiable information (no name, no geo-location, etc). So no one has to worry about that at all!

Why is this cool?

Right now, we will list out all of the characters you own on the ‘load character’ menu. We can do a lot of interesting things once we can verify the WoW characters you own:  here’s a few things we have planned (they are not currently implemented):

  • Combat logs: we can provide you a list of logs that any of your characters show up in, no need to search or anything.
  • Offspec gear: right now, people can only view the gear for your active spec (same with on the armory). Once we know which characters you own, we can show your offspec setup to anyone who loads your character (not just you).
  • Gear preferences: You’ve probably changed at least a few settings on our site to get your character to gear how you want (stat weights, item level thresholds, etc). But when someone else loads your character, they don’t see what you see – they see the default, non customized version. Once we know you OWN that character, we can keep your settings and show that setup to anyone else who loads your character.
  • Robocouncil: For those of you playing around with Robocouncil for loot – this will allow us to link someone’s stat weights and preferences to their Robocouncil profile, no more relying on the defaults.

Our Warlords of Draenor Plans

We have a lot of cool features to build for Warlords, and we’ll be able to make use of this API as well.

There’s a lot more we can do, we are pretty excited for this feature. So give it a try and let us know what you think :)

 

 

 

 

Warlords of Draenor & Mr. Robot

Now that reforging is going away, what will Mr. Robot be up to?! For Warlords of Draenor, we will still optimize your gems and enchants for you, as always, but our main focus will shift to gear suggestions (what items to get) and player skill improvement.

Gear Suggestions:

Mr. Robot already helps you find gear with upgrade lists, bonus roll calculations, raid gear lookups, Best in Bags, and so on. And with the removal of reforging, picking the right gear will be even more important since you can’t change the stats. So we’re dedicated to helping you find the right gear for your characters, when you need it.

  • Leveling up: we’ll be able to find the fastest ways for you to upgrade gear. Which dungeons, quests, vendors or rep grinds will help you the most (new feature!)
  • Bag full of items: You know how it goes when an expansion launches… you end up with a bag full of gear and don’t know which items are best. That’s where our “Best in Bags” feature will really come in handy. This has been one of the most popular features on our site throughout Mists of Pandaria, and we have several planned improvements for it with Warlords of Draenor.
  • iLevels & raid ready: Getting to the minimum raid iLevel is a mini-game in itself! We have a new feature planned for WoD that will tell you the fastest & easiest ways to get to your target iLevel.
  • Raid min-maxing: Our current tools to help you improve raiding gear are here to stay, and we’ll be adding in some new features. We also plan to use combat log data to help you identify the best gear for your character, for each situation.
  • Wish lists: Another new feature for WoD are wish lists. The idea is to notify you in-game when a boss drops an item from your wish list, prompting you to roll, bonus roll, or spend your DKP.

Combat logs & Data Analysis

Mr. Robot is really good at complicated math and programming. As proof of that, he’s managed to write an algorithm that finds you the single best optimization solution, out of quadrillions of relevant combinations. And he does this in less than 1/10th of a second, on average. It’s one of his proudest accomplishments. For Warlords of Draenor, Mr. Robot is applying his math skillz to combat analysis to provide actionable advice, something that’s been missing from the WoW tools community. To make this happen, we’re developing the tool in 3 phases:

  1. Combat log parsing: This is what you’re familiar with from other combat logs sites – we parse through data and display it in some tables and graphs. We raised the bar a bit and cleaned up a lot of the data, categorized buffs, and relabeled abilities for easy identification (like the mastery procs for many classes). This is all currently live and can be tested out on http://beta.askmrrobot.com/combatlog
  2. Combat log analysis: We analyze each fight FOR you – instead of you digging through tables and data for 15 or 30 minutes, we want to summarize the important information for you. This is no easy feat, but we’re good at the hard stuff. We’re currently working on these algorithms behind the scenes (they aren’t live yet).
  3. Statistical analysis: There’s a lot of logs and a lot of data. No one has aggregated all of this rich data and presented the community with useful, actionable info. We have grand plans for this and we’re collecting all of that data from logs you’re uploading right now! As we collect enough, we’ll have some pretty cool stats to share.

To take our combat logs for a spin, head over to http://beta.askmrrobot.com/combatlog. If you’re looking for some quick how-to’s or FAQs, go to this blog post.

Blizzcon: business in the front, party in the back!

Mr. Robot is teaming up with World of Podcasts and OpenRaid to host a Blizzcon event you won’t want to miss. We’ve reserved 2 party rooms at the Hilton: one will be hosting panels on hot topics and the other will be for the par-tay!

* Disclaimer: Mr. Robot’s translation algorithm did not compute that the title of this article refers to the best hairstyle known to humans… the mullet. You do not need a mullet to get into the party 

Panels (we love to talk!)

Since we’ll have so many of the top theorycrafters and podcast personalities in one room, it would be a waste if we didn’t get them to share their knowledge! So we have a separate room for panel discussions on various topics.

Want to hear on something specific? Have a good idea? Don’t be shy, tell us in our survey and don’t be afraid to get crazy and creative. We already got a couple of cool ideas from fans that we’ll be doing. We’re reading each and every response… it’s handy having a super-powerful robot on your side to process gobs of information :)

Meet your favorite fansite celebrities!

So this party room we reserved, the “RL Chat Room,” will be flooded with fansite celebrities who are excited to meet you. That’s right, they love connecting with fans (honestly, who doesn’t love getting gushed over? It’s a natural behavior for humans). There will also be a bar, prizes, autographs, and plenty of photo-ops.

Dying to meet someone in particular? Be sure to take our survey and tell us WHO, you know, so Mr. Robot & friends can e-stalk ask them for an RSVP :)  We’ll be posting a master list of celebrities that are locked in as the event gets closer.

* Disclaimer #2: While glomping will be allowed, please use only rank 1 glomp to avoid serious injuries

See you there!

Where: Hilton Anaheim
When: Thursday, Nov 6, 6:30 – 11:30 PM
Stay updated:

 

 

Combat Logs: Deaths, Resources & The Kitchen Sink

To continue with our mission to make combat logs easier to understand, we’ve ironed out a few more report views. Hopefully this help make the data actionable, so everyone can improve in their raids.

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Deaths

Our goal with the death report is to have you quickly understand what happened, and how to prevent it. The death report starts with a few key metrics:

  • The time it took you to die (measured from the last time you were at 90% health to death)
  • The last time you were healed (did you receive no heals for 2 seconds before death? Or were you healed a split second before death?)

The next most important piece of information is how much total damage you took (from the last time you were at 90%), what ability actually killed you, and how much total healing you received in that time frame.

After that, we want to show any defensive buffs that you used (or were used on you). You can see that I used Barkskin in the example below. But there’s something interesting to note: I went from 90% to death in 4.4 seconds, but Barkskin was only up for 2.2 seconds. That’s because I cast it as I saw my health drop, but then I died.

The last, but not least, we show how much damage you took from each source, and how much healing you received (and from what abilities).

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Death Detail View

We hope that most of the information you want is contained the regular death report – we don’t want you spending 30 minutes looking for the info you need. However, sometimes you want to look through death events in greater detail, so we provide a detailed view. And to make it as easy as possible, we give you some filters on the left so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

DeathEvents

Resources

We track your mana, rage, energy (and so on) to help you understand how you manage them. Here’s some views for a healer’s mana (top) and a tank’s rage (bottom).

Resources

Interrupts

Want to know how well the team interrupted specific abilities? You can get it all with one quick report view:

Interrupts

Dispells

Along the same lines as interrupts, how well did the team dispell those dreaded debuffs, like Shadow Word: Bane on The Fallen Protectors? We even tell you the average time from debuff application to dispell :)

Dispells

 Tooltips

Tooltips are finally here! We wanted to provide extra information so you don’t have to leave the report view if you don’t want to. If you think we left any important information off, let us know!

The player tooltip gives you more information on their gear, which is captured at the start of each boss attempt.

Tooltip

Damage taken tooltips are pretty awesome, if I am allowed to compliment my own site! Take a look at the example below, you’ll see a clear breakdown of damage taken, the blocks and absorbs.

Tooltip_Tank

Healing tooltips show a breakdown of healing that was done as absorbs (hi Disc Priests!) and overhealing.

Tooltip_Healer

Up Next

We’re currently working on the graphing system and will have that ready for our next alpha update. Stay tuned! To see past feature highlights, check out this blog article.

Want in on the closed alpha? Fill out this form with your email.

 

 

Valor Upgrades & The Armory

Upgrade levels not showing up?

It looks like the armory isn’t updating for some people – it isn’t reflecting the new upgrade levels you just did. First, make sure you’ve logged out of Warcraft and return to our site to click the green ‘update from armory’ button to the left of your name. If that doesn’t fix it, the workaround below will!

Update: Blizzard suspects it’s a caching issue. You can also use their fix, outlined here.

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

Continue reading

Patch 5.4.8 Valor and YOU!

NOTE: The armory isn’t showing upgraded gear, but we have a workaround.

What should I upgrade first? It’s different for every character!

There’s a lot of generic advice out there, like weapons should always be upgraded first, chest and leg upgrades are equal, etc. But in reality, it’s specific to each character and depends on a lot of variables. Mr. Robot will tell you exactly which item upgrades give you the most bang for your buck valor. Here’s a few questions he can answer, specific to each individual character:

  • Should I upgrade those warforged bracers or the normal helm?
  • Should I upgrade the 553 weapon or my heroic pants?
  • How much of a boost do I get by upgrading an amplification trinket? Is it better than upgrading my weapon, helm or warforged items?

Mr. Robot uses ‘teh mathz’ to tell you exactly how big of an increase each upgrade will get you… taking all of the guesswork out of your decision. And in some examples below, you will see that seemingly sound advice, like upgrading your weapon first, doesn’t always hold true. 

How to get started

  1. Load your character into Ask Mr. Robot.
  2. Click the purple “Find Upgrades” button.
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  3. Choose the “Currencies” option, then select “Valor Points.”

 

 

 

 

4. Review your item lists. A lot of advice leads you to believe you should always upgrade your weapon, legendary cloak and trinkets first. In this example for Yellowfive, you can see that only 1 of those 3 things is correct: the cloak. The trinket is #9 on the list and the weapon is #11. That’s why the math is helpful – it’s different for every character and every role! For example, tanks tend to not fall into the ‘weapon first’ category.

Yellowfive_Valor

5.  Decide if you want to show the “Largest Improvement” or “Most Cost Effective” for sorting.

  • Note that items not upgraded at all, which are eligible for +16 item levels will show up as a larger upgrade under the “Largest Improvement” sort than an item that can only be upgraded an additional 8 times because it was already 2/4.
  • Whereas the “Most Cost Effective” sort will show you the best bang for your buck valor. The score in the “Most Cost Effective” column is calculated as the increase to your optimized score per 100 Valor points spent.
  • In the example below, you can see how the shoulder (upgraded 0/4) looks like a huge improvement under the “Largest Improvement” sort. But once you factor in that it would cost 1,000 Valor points to get all 4 of those upgrade levels, that score increase isn’t very effective (as shown in the 2nd column under the “Most Effective” sort).

Sorting

If all of your items were already maxed out at +8 before the patch, you won’t see a difference between “Largest Improvement” and “Most Cost Effective.” When “Largets Improvement” is selected, you can see direct score comparisons, for example, the Main Hand will give this player a +1000.42 score increase, compared to the legendary cloak with a 434.33 score increase.

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Load your character now!

Bags full of gear and wondering what to upgrade? Best in bags can help you with that too! Be sure to choose the “always upgrade” option.

Want to upgrade? You can do that here.

Wondering what we’re up to for WoD?

Check out our Combat Logging (currently in alpha)

Combat log alpha

Alpha is LIVE

If you don’t have access and want it, we need your email address (PM us on twitter, the forums, or send an email to feedback -at – askmrrobot dotz com) and I will add you to the next wave of users.

Our philosophy:

Our goal with combat logs is similar to our goal with gear optimization: make it usable for everybody. Back in the day, gear optimization was limited to a small part of the community who took the time to do all of the research, or learn how to use complex programs created by theorycrafters.  We changed that by making a high-quality tool that was also very easy to use.

Combat logs are still somewhat in the “complex programs” category.  Sure, it’s easy enough to go to WoL and see your rough DPS or ability breakdown… but it’s hard for the average player to get much actionable information out of it.  And there’s a lot of “junk” even in the basic reports that is hard to sift through.  We’re here to change that!

This initial alpha is just the tip of the iceberg — we have tried to make reports that are bold, readable, and less data-dense while being more informative at the same time.  We have applied an extra layer of polish and cleanup to the actual log data to display particular spells in more useful ways, divide fights into useful “phases”, and so on.

Unique features:

We wanted to get the basics right and improve on things that we’ve all ‘just accepted.’ For example, a lot of spells have duplicate appearances in a log, so you’re spending mental time adding them up to get ballpark damage (or healing) numbers (see mind flay before and after). Or maybe you spend time googling that random buff name you don’t recognize, only to find out 10 minutes later that it’s a proc from your trinket or set bonus. Mr. Robot firmly believes it is his job as a badass calculating machine to do that grunt work for you.

Whenever we review logs, we also found ourselves wondering if someone was dominating the damage charts because of their gear or skill. We also wanted to know what gear, talents and glyphs someone was using when we comparing them to ourselves. So we added in a way to capture accurate gear data through the addon.

Those are just the beginning of what Mr. Robot has in store for his combat log analysis. And thanks for testing it out for us, we know there will be a few kinks to work out.

We want your feedback!

Post bug reports on the forums.
We have a lot of people reading the forums and responding, whereas it’s just little ol’ me on the blog comments and I’m multitasking on all sorts of things. Note, if you don’t have a forum user name, you’ll have to make one as they are unfortunately not tied to your regular AMR accounts).

First, the best way to get invited to other alphas is to take time and give feedback :)  There’s always a handful of people who give excellent feedback and they are on my ‘perma-invite’ list. We want to know all sorts of things – here’s a list to get you started, but it isn’t limited to this:

  • Usability: we try really hard to make everything on our site intuitive and user-friendly. If something was confusing, we want to know. Some of the things we specifically want to know about:
    - Using the in-game addon to start/stop logging and gather gear data
    - Using the client program to upload a log
    - Searching for uploaded logs by player/guild and browsing rankings
    - Viewing basic reports for a log
  • Ability data:  I know we didn’t catch all of the spells for all of the specs. If you see duplicates or anything else that isn’t ideal, tell us.
  • Buff data: we have sources and categories for all of the buffs. If something is missing a source (trinket, set bonus, etc) or a category, let us know. We also have a ‘junk’ category that removes unimportant buffs like blingtron’s shirt from last year or hunters’ track humanoids. If you see a ‘junk’ buff, let us know.
  • Accurate data: if something looks off, like a spell did a fraction of what you expected (for example), let us know!
  • Favorite feature: we want to know what you like the best. Something that wow’s you or something you can’t live without. That helps us prioritize which features to focus on. It also makes Mr. Robot feel warm and fuzzy, which he needs sometimes… living in a cold, metallic body.
  • Feature request: we have a lot of cool features on our to-do list. But we want to hear from you too – what can we add that would make combat analysis better. Don’t be afraid of thinking big or worrying if it’s too complicated. We want to hear it all!

Coming soon:

Our first priority is to fix any bugs before adding new features. Once that’s done, here’s what coming next:

We know that the site is far from complete!  We have put placeholders where things will be added in the future, and here are a few more things on our plate:

  • Add mouse-overs on most of the data reports with more detailed numbers.
  • Add a private log upload feature.
  • Build our super-fancy log comparison/analysis tool — this will come a bit later, but is one of the major features we’re working towards after the basics are functioning well.