Has this happened to you:
You own some of the best legendaries. You are excited to equip them. Then Mr. Robot says, “Nope, I’m going to equip some other ones instead.”
You then start to wonder if Mr. Robot is drunk or just trolling… you have the best legendaries, why isn’t he recommending them?
It comes down to 2 things:
- Mr. Robot takes into account all of the gear you own, including the iLevels on all of your gear. If you have a really low iLevel slot, sometimes it is best to replace it.
- Margin of error.
Customized Gear Recommendations
Sometimes the best legendaries for you right now are not the same as a ranked list of legendaries, even if you own them all.
WHUT?! No way that is right…. or is it?
It actually is: Mr. Robot is able to customize the recommendation to you, taking all of your other gear and slots into account. Sometimes the best legendary isn’t best, right now. It is easier to see with an example:
This Retribution Paladin was wondering why Mr. Robot didn’t suggest the two top legendaries, even though he owns them: Whisper of the Nathrezim and Soul of the Highlord (if you don’t have Chain, which he doesn’t).
Mr. Robot suggests different legendaries: Liadrin’s Fury Unleashed and Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish. The suggestions might raise some eyebrows – since he has the best legendaries, shouldn’t he equip them? Below is a screenshot of the Best in Bags suggestions (original gear on the left, suggested gear on the right).
This setup, with Liandrin’s and Kil’jaeden’s, actually does a little bit more damage:
- Whisper of the Nathrezim & Soul of the Highlord simmed DPS: 1,250,478
- Liandrin’s Fury Unleashed & Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish DPS: 1,262,519
So why is that? Are the ranked legendary lists wrong?
The lists aren’t wrong – they are just a general guide. To come up with a general ranked list, you need a specific set of gear – a set that allows you to have the best items. These lists are very useful so you know what legendaries you want to eventually have, and will eventually equip. But that doesn’t mean they are best for you right now, even if you own them.
Mr. Robot is able to take all of your other gear into account and give you the best set based on what you currently own. That recommendation is always changing, based on the items you have available. In this case, let’s see why Mr. Robot’s suggestion is better:
- Mr. Robot replaces his 885 T21 shoulders with a set of 940 shoulders (non-tier) for a gain of 55 iLevels. This breaks the set bonus, so…
- Mr. Robot equips the 915 T21 cape the player has in his bag to get the 4pc set bonus back. This removes one of the best-ranked legendaries, Whisper of the Nathrezim.
- Instead, Liandrin’s Fury Unleashed and Kil’jaeden’s Burning wish are equipped as legendaries. Kil’jaeden’s Burning Wish is also an unusual choice, however it is replacing one of his lowest iLevel items. This ends up better for him right now (but once he gets a better trinket, Kil’jaeden’s won’t be picked).
Overall, this raises his iLevel by 4 points, keeps his 4pc T21 and still uses great legendaries, for a gain of 12,000 DPS. If this player got a higher iLevel version of the tier shoulders tomorrow, Whispers of the Nathrezem and Soul of the Highlord would probably be suggested. Gear recommendations for Best in Bags are always adapting to the gear you own.
Margin of Error
The other thing to take into account is margin of error. Best in Bags get you an instant answer within a small margin of error. This allows us to look at every single gear combination possible (likely trillions or more combos) and try to find the best set or something very, very close to the best set. In order to do this instantly, we have to allow for that margin of error.
On the other hand, if you simulated every single combination, it would take days, weeks, or months (not exaggerating). Or you could pick a handful of items to test and sim them to get a result in 5 or 10 minutes. The upside is more accuracy, and the downside is you might not have picked one of the best setups to sim.
If you want to use the simulation method – choose ‘batch sim’ for the sim type on the simulation interface. Then pick your items to compare, and you can throw different talents in there as well. It’s a free tool with no queue and no limits. So sim your heart out.