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Blizzcon Art Gallery!

We had over 100 artists donate art for the fan art exhibit at our Blizzcon party. We had about 200 pieces of art on display, and about 3,500 people browsed the exhibit (including a few people from Blizzard!)

And we gave ALL OF THE ART AWAY at the end of the night. Visitors were able to submit a raffle ticket that listed their favorite pieces. Art is personal so we wanted viewers to be able to pick the ones they wanted to win. When winners were being announced, I lost count of the number of people who came up to me, with huuuge smiles, thanking me that they got one of their favorite pieces.

So now it’s my turn to thank all of the artists for making this possible!

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To see a full list of the donated art, visit our deviant art favorites page (note, some of them didn’t have a high enough resolution to print, so about 40 of them didn’t make it into the gallery). If you really like something, take a moment to leave a comment on their deviant art page. Consider it today’s daily quest!

We’re hoping to do it again next year and will be scouting for more art again :)

Here’s some more pictures!

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Art is all packed up in 3 boxes and on the way to the airport.

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The boxes got inspected, but the art was untouched.

Setup took about 3 hours – there was quite a bit of strategy to make the art line up nice, not have too much white space all in one area, and so on. Some serious love went into this :)

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The art took up 3 walls in the room.

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This is what art winners look like :)

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Thanks for stopping by Nite_Moogle :)

Want to participate next year?

  • If you’re an artist, leave a comment, pm me on deviate art (AskMrRobot) or email feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com.
  • If you’re a fan and want to help organize, reach out too!

Best in Bags: Gearing up in Warlords

It happens every expansion: we level up and at some point the quest rewards start to be better than our epic raiding gear. But it’s always hard to tell! That’s where Best in Bags is your best friend. Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you have in your bags and bank and tells you what pieces you should equip. He does this for both your main and offspec, so you know exactly what items to keep (and which ones you can start selling).

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Since I mainly heal in raids, but am leveling up as a boomkin, I can’t live without this feature. Quest items have a chance to be randomly upgraded to rare or epic, making them good contenders for replacing raid gear. The list goes on…

What gear to wear?

Let’s use my character as a quick example. Main resto, boomkin leveling. Here’s 2 items I’m wondering about:

After importing all of my gear into Mr. Robot’s Best in Bags feature, he tells me Shadar Medallion is best! Oh… I have rare-upgraded necklace in my bags? Who knew. Ha… this is why I love this feature for leveling up… my bags have so much gear!

Get the Addon

On our site or on Curse!

 How are YOU using it? Leave a comment and tell us :)

Garrisons: A Collection Of Lesser-Known Facts

A Collection of Tips

While leveling up, I’ve learned a lot about garrisons. I wanted to share some of the lesser-known, hard-to-find, and sometimes just fun tips! If you’d like some full-blown guides, head over to our infographic and resources.

Enchanter’s Study: DE with Friends

If you build an enchanter’s study, your friends can visit your garrison and DE their soulbound stuff!! To have someone join your garrison, start a party (or in a current party, make sure you are the leader). Then your friends right click on their own character portrait and choose ‘view leader’s garrison.’  Go to their enchanter study and start DE’ing!

I was able to do this with a level 1 enchanter’s study.

Alchemy Lab: BoE Reagents

You can only make Greater Flasks if you have Alchemy as one of your character’s main professions. However, we just found out that the alchemical catalysts (the reagents to make the Greater Flasks) are BoE. The work orders for your Alchemy Lab produce Alchemical Catalysts. So stock up and send to your Alchemy friends :)

Other Professions

I’m doing more research in between playing and other updates for our site. Having a Gem Boutique in my own Garrison, I can confirm that Taladite Crystals from work orders are BoP.

Portal to Ashran with Level 3 Garrison

Once you upgrade your garrison to level 3, there is a tower next to your mines. At the top of that tower is a portal to Ashran :)

Bunker / War Mill Before Nagrand

If you’re looking to get raid ready asap, get a Bunker / War Mill before you hit Nagrand. Why? Starting at (buiding) level 1, it doubles your chance to get upgraded gear from quest rewards. That makes upgraded Nagrand rewards iLevel 615 (rare) or 630 (epic). You can get this (large) building when you upgrade your garrison to level 3 OR by bulldozing your existing large building (likely the barracks). For reference, Heroic dungeons reward level 630 gear.

This building also gives you 1 bonus roll per week at level 3.

Missions: XP for Your Character

Take a moment to let this click (it took me a while)… you can get character XP as a reward from some missions (not follower XP… XP for you, your character!) Look for the purple XP icon. It’s rewarded upon successful mission completion, all at once.Garrsion reward character XP

Garrison Guide: everything you need to know in one place

Lots of guides have lots of good info. I compiled all of the basic info to get you started, leaving out all of the extras and big lists, that just clutter your brain. For more info, you can visit the guides I used as references. They are all quite excellent!

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Blizzcon 2014 Promos

You’re probably here because you got a little Mr. Robot card that talked about some cool features and some premium account credit :)

To redeem the premium credit, log in to your AMR account. Then click on your name (in the upper right part of the site), and choose gifting. Follow the instructions from there.

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Mr. Robot ranks it.
You roll or pass. AND WIN!

It’s that simple. Well, for YOU at least. Behind the scenes, Mr. Robot is crunching a ton of numbers. He also scans your gear, with his addon, so he knows exactly what you have equipped and in your bags. He’ll tell you things like…

  • By slot: out of all of the chest pieces you could get (based on your filters), how does this rank? BiS or #5? Mr. Robot will tell you.
  • By spec: one item may be a downgrade for your main spec, but an upgrade for your offspec. Mr. Robot will give you info for both, all on one screen to make quick loot decisions.
  • Out of all the upgrades you could get (in a zone), how does this rank? Is it #3, or #14? Mr. Robot will tell you.
  • Should I bonus roll? Mr. Robot brings the bonus roll calculator into the live loot ranking for you. So all of your roll decisions are on one screen!

 Combat Analysis: Like You’ve Never Seen Before!CombatLog1

When Warlords launches, our basic combat logs will be up. They’re pretty, they’re very user friendly, and they are collecting all sorts of good data. At the start, they won’t seem much different than the combat log sites you’re used to.

And then… stuff will explode! Mr. Robot is collecting and analyzing data behind the scenes. Once he has enough data, he will unleash a whole new wave of features for you. So make sure you upload everything, starting with 5 man dungeons.

  • DPS Percentile: Based on your iLevel (and a few other things), how do you stack up? 85th percentile? 20th? Mr. Robot can automatically find people just like you (same iLevel, etc), that perform better, and tell you what they’re doing differently.
  • DPS on Gear sets: Looking at BiS? Based on how well you play, Mr. Robot will estimate the DPS that gear set will do.
  • Boss analysis: want to know how well other teams are doing? What strategies work best? Mr. Robot can look at the data and tell you.

There’s so much more. But the key thing to take home here: this is some next level sh!t :)

 

 

WoD Gear, Live!

You can now browse Warlords gear on our site!

  • We’ve added sources for as many items as we can find, and we’re continuously updating. We even have garrison sources.
  • WoD filters have been added to the item lists
  • Trinkets and set bonuses are NOT yet ranked
  • Stat weights are NOT yet level 100 (you can edit them)

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Questions? Leave a comment!

Bugs? Hop on over to forums.askmrrobot.com and let us know.

New Feature: Stat Weight Sharing

Yesterday we launched a new, handy feature: we let you share and import stat weights directly in the stat weight editor. So if you write a guide, feel free to include our stat weight format. If you tend to help guildies, just post the stat weights in the forums, and let them import it!

1. Click the edit weights button (circled in yellow)

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2. Edit your weights and click the share button. Or for importing, click the import button.

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3. Copy the weights and paste them in your forums, blog, or anywhere else you want to share them. To import, just paste them in the window.

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Premium user update for 6.0.2 and WoD

First, a HUGE thanks for being a premium member. We really hope you’re enjoying the fun features we’ve built over the past couple of years. And we hope you’ll like the new ones we’re launching in Warlords of Draenor. /thanks from Team Robot -Yellowfive (developer of awesome) -Swol (designer and theorycrafter badass) -Zoopercat (social butterfly)

Update: Oct 22

We are working around the clock, fueled by a little extra caffeine, to get the premium features ready. We’re close… so VERY close.

  • Best in Bags: ready on patch day!
  • Upgrade finder: Ready on 10/22: Bonus rolls, burdens of eternity, SoO zone ranked lists, and item upgrades. Ready later tonight (on 10/22): world bosses.
  • Robocouncil: this is getting a huge feature overhaul and will be revamped for Warlords launch or shortly after.

Use Best in Bags on Tuesday!

premium_BiB_lAll of your gear will return to its pre-reforged state. Hit & expertise caps are gone. Stats are squished. Lots has changed. That means much of your equipped gear might not be the best gear anymore, and something hiding in your bags could be better. So your best option to optimize on Tuesday is first run your character through Best in Bags. That will give you a new starting point, and you can equip all of the best gear that you own. After that, feel free to do the regular ol’ optimizing :) Also, if you want to help your non-premium friends, let them know that we will reset everyone’s 1-week free trials on Tuesday. So they can use Best in Bags for the next week :)

In case the Armory doesn’t work for your character:

We have a workaround that uses our addon. Make sure you have the latest version from curse OR our website (in the main drop down menu at the top of the page). Then follow the steps on this guide (some screenshots may be out of date, as we updated the addon, but the idea stays the same). NEW! In the past, our armory workaround only worked if your character already had been loaded on our site, and all it needed was updating. NOW you can load ANY character, whether it’s been loaded on our site in the past, or not.

Coming in Warlords of Draenor

Live Loot Ranking! The basic part of this feature will be free. But we have some awesome sauce to pour on it for premium users. It will let you save a list of gear (like a wish list) and send it to the in-game addon. Then, whenever a boss drops loot on your list, Mr. Robot pops up and lets you know you might want to roll. We’re really excited for this feature and hope to have it out with Warlord’s launch. Combat log analytics The basic part of this feature will also be free. In addition, we’re working on some features that will automatically dig through the data for you and pull out what’s interesting to help you improve – which is the special fancy schmancy stuff you get as a premium user. This feature will come later, after we have enough raid data to start analyzing.

What to DO for 6.0.2!

What should I do about the Hit & Exp gems I have?
You might be tempted to set the stat weights to 0 right now and pre-optimize for 6.0.2. Don’t do that! Hit on gems will be converted to Crit on Tuesday (both in game, and on our site). Expertise will be converted to Haste. On Tuesday, Mr. Robot will take a look at everything and reoptimize you.

What about my reforged gear?
It will be reverted to its pre-reforged state. So some of your items may no longer be that great for you. But we have you covered with “Best in Bags.” (More on that below).

What about my upgraded gear?
You get to keep upgrades on your gear. And you can still upgrade them, they will cost 50 lesser charms instead of valor.

What about my special profession-based enchants, sockets, JC gems, etc?
All profession bonuses are removed. But there are some specifics. If it’s totally extra (like an extra gem socket on wrists and gloves), it’s removed completely. If it’s something everyone else can get and you just get a bonus (like JC gems can be put in sockets, but they just give you more stats), they are ‘nerfed’ down to ‘normal’ levels. For example, you can still craft and use JC gems, they just give the same amount of stats as a regular gem. Mr. Robot will account for ALL of this on Tuesday when the patch goes live.

A Little Brain Power Recommended

While we’ve done our best to test the optimizations, stat weights, best in slot, etc, some things may have slipped through. Our stat weights are our ‘best estimates’ since almost all of the theorycrafting focuses on level 100 stat weights. We estimated level 90, but if you don’t like them, feel free to change them.

Because of all of that, you might want to give the optimizations a quick once-over before making changes. If you have questions OR BUGS (gasp!), post them on forums.askmrrobot.com (you need a separate login for that, I’m sorry, but it’s worth it!)

Any bugs reported on the forums will be top priority. We will be doing updates several times a day to fix bugs.

Best in Bags – Free for a week!

In all honesty, our Best in Bags feature is going to be your best friend on Tuesday. It’s like Best in Slot, but with gear you actually own. So some of those reforged pieces will no longer be good, and another item in your bags might be much better now. Best in Bags will tell you that!

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Normally, Best in Bags is premium ($12 a year). And everyone gets a free one-week trial, but most of you have used that up already. So we are resetting ALL free trials on Tuesday. We know how stressful these gear changes are, and we just want to help. To activate the free trial on Tuesday (or any day after Tuesday), just click the Best in Bags option and it will automatically start. As always, no credit card or personal info is collected for the free trial… because if we’re honest here… that’s just shady (and we don’t like shady!!)

If you want some more info on Best in Bags, jump over to this blog post. It’s going to look out-of-date starting Tuesday with our new UI, but the concepts are the same.

 Podcasters, Bloggers, Theorycrafters, you get free Premium anyway!

Those of you producing content for the WoW community are amazing. Everyone benefits from the hard work you do. As our thanks, we want to continue our tradition of giving you free premium accounts this expansion. To ‘apply,’ please reach out to feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com, with your AMR user name and a link to your ‘stuff.’  We’ll get you setup :)

Top Things to Know for Patch 6.0.2

Gear Changes for Patch 6.0.2:

  • Official patch notes
  • Stat squish: all of your stats have been ‘squished’ in the patch.
  • Reforging is gone. All gear returns to its pre-reforged state.
  • Hit and Expertise are gone
  • Dodge and parry aren’t really ‘good’ anymore. Crit now gives some classes and specs parry (like with Riposte for Warriors, which now makes crit give you parry)
  • Agility and Intellect no longer give Critical Strike
  • Profession bonuses to combat no longer give bonuses. For example JC gems now give the same amount of stats as a regular gem.
  • Gear upgraded with Valor stays upgraded. You can still upgrade MoP gear, but you use 50 lesser charms per upgrade instead of Valor.
  • New level 550 gear from the updated level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire!
  • Mr. Robot’s “Best in Bag” feature will be free for a week, starting on Tuesday. Think of it like Best in Slot, but for items found in your bags and bank.

Mr. Robot’s status: Live on Tuesday, Oct 14!

We’re releasing our Warlords site on Oct 14 as a beta on our live site. The beta will start with Level 90 characters, since none of us will be 100 yet, and we want the site to be usable in this ‘in between’ period. The goal is the make the site work for 6.0.2, while focusing the majority of our efforts on perfecting everything for level 100 in WoD.

Take a sneak peek at the new UI launching with 6.0.2:

Some notes from Mr. Robot:

  • Stat weights: we will be adjusting them to get them in the ballpark. We’ve done the first round of research to achieve this. As we get closer to WoD, we’ll have more thorough research and input from theorycrafters.
  • Gear: In preparation for WoD, we’ve removed gear some of the lower level 90 gear from the ranked lists. We will still be ranking everything from timeless isle or higher, including SoO, legendary, world boss drops, timeless isle, anything from a vendor that’s 476+, anything epic and crafted 476+, any epic quest rewards 476+. Gear from the new level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire has been added. event has been added in. Warlords gear will be added in later.
  • Trinkets: Take all level 90 trinket estimates with a grain of salt, a lot of things have changed on them, and our estimates are ‘rough’ and haven’t been vetted like they usually are. We’re focusing efforts on ranking WoD trinkets. The amplification trinkets now have a static estimate (instead of dynamic like before), but your stats will calculate correctly at the end. We did this because amp trinkets are being removed in WoD, so we didn’t re-write the complicated code for it (sorry!)
  • Set Bonuses: These will not be perfect, we’re taking a guess during this transitional phase. After that, they will be irrelevant.
  • Socket Bonuses: We will fudge socket bonuses a bit, instead of complicated code for level 90 gear, we’re just going to cheat a bit since new gear won’t have socket bonuses. The optimizations will still work, but we will not be guaranteeing the optimal solution during this transitional phase.
  • Meta gems & Legendary: we are hard coding the best gem for each class for this interim period.
  • Tolerance: the ‘interim’ optimizer will be less tolerant of silly human things, like setting 0 for all of your weights (it’s happened). We are focusing efforts on making it awesome for WoD instead of ‘silly human’ proofing it.
  • PvP optimization will be VERY rough.

What happens to optimizations?

We will still optimize you! We’re adjusting stat weights to get them in the ballpark, while we do our normal fine-tuning as people reach level 100. And remember, you can always edit them yourself. One thing you will notice right away: without hit and expertise in the game, all of those caps are gone. So stats will likely move around on gems and enchants.

With reforging gone, is my gear bad?

The problem here, is that many of us have reforged so much gear, and made it so customized, that the original items might not actually be very good for us. Mr. Robot’s “Best in Bags” feature will search through all of your gear and find you the best setup.

And because we think Best in Bags will be so helpful, we’re making it free for a week, starting Tuesday. The free trials are reset. So on Tuesday, just click the “Best in Bags” button and your free trial will automatically start. No credit card is ever collected for a free trial, because that’s just shady, and we don’t like shady.

And here’s what we up to for Warlords!

Game Specifics for 6.0.2 (With a few Warlords Tidbits)

The special bonuses you used to get from professions, like extra gem slots for Blacksmiths, special enchant slots for enchanters, shoulder inscriptions, etc, are removed.

Enchanting

  • Old enchants that have hit and expertise have been converted to other stats.
  • Old enchants can’t be applied to items higher than iLevel 600. However, you can still apply MoP enchants to your legendary cloak, even if it’s upgraded past 600. I tested this again on 10/9/14.
  • New enchants (in Warlords) will only cover neck, cloak, rings and weapons. You can also modify the appearance of the weapon enchants. (WoD)

Jewelcrafting

  • Existing (old) gear will keep sockets and bonuses. Existing gems will keep their original stats (including primary stats), with the exception of hit and expertise, which are converted to other stats.
    - Hit is converted to crit on old gems. Rigid River’s heart is +20 crit, for example. Precise Wild Jade should be +10 crit and +10 crit, but is wrong, verify!
    - Expertise is converted to haste on old gems. Precise Primoridal ruby is +20 haste, for example. Verify wicked vermillion is correct (10 haste / 10 haste)
    - Accurate Imperial Amethyst used to be +160 Hit and +160 Expertise. It is now +10 Crit and + 10 Haste.
  • JC Gems (Serpent’s Eyes) can still be crafted, but they have the same value as a regular blue quality gem now, since professions no longer give additional combat bonuses. For example, Brillaint Serpent’s Eye is now +10 Int, and a Brilliant Primordial Ruby is also +10 Int.
  • Stat squish drops old blue quality gems down to 10 for primary stats and 20 for secondary.
  • In WoD, there will not be new hybrid gems, and new gems no longer give primary stats. Gem socket colors and bonuses will also be gone for new gear. (WoD)
  • Here’s a list of the new gems, they are much simpler. They come in 2 qualities right now: +16 for regular and +20 for greater. They also require 5x of various herbs to make, along with a taladite gem. (WoD)
    Critical Strike Taladite
    Haste Taladite 
    Mastery Taladite
    Multistrike Taladite
    Stamina Taladite
    Versatility Taladite

Alchemy

  • Flasks and potions increase primary stats in Warlords! There are 4 types of flasks that affect agility, strength, intellect and stamina. The regular ones give 200 stats, and greater give 250 stats. (WoD)
  • Potions will affect primary stats as well, among other things. (WoD)

Cooking:

  • New recipes in Warlords increase secondary stats (as opposed to primary stats in MoP). (WoD)
  • The number of ‘servings’ you get increase with your cooking skill (new to WoD).

Engineering, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking and Tailoring

  • In Warlords, each profession can make new 630 and 640 iLevel gear that is BoE and has a random stat. The random stats can be ‘rerolled’ with special essences. Those crafted items can also be upgraded twice with special ‘items’ as follows:
    - 630 iLevel gets upgraded to 640 and 655
    - 640 iLevel gets upgraded to 655 and 665

Herbalism, Mining, and Skinning:

They can all be done without any required skill level in Warlords. As you get a higher skill level, you get better stuff when picking flowers, mining nodes or skinning wildlife.

Increased Drop Rates for 6.0.2!

Garrosh heirloom drop rate significantly increased. If you don’t have an heirloom yet, you have a 100% chance to get a spec-appropriate item when killing garrosh on normal or higher. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/14014199/siege-of-orgrimmar-changes-in-patch-60-and-warlords-of-draenor-5-5-2014

 50 WoD Facts Countdown

For more information, check out our countdown post with lots of facts!