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Pantheon trinket infographic

Pantheon Trinket Summary:

Well, these Pantheon trinkets sure do make things interesting: Eonar’s Compassion (healer), Aggramar’s Conviction (tank), Golganneth’s Vitality (agility), Khaz’goroth’s Courage (strength), Norgannon’s Prowess (intellect), and Aman’Thul’s Vision (legendary).

These trinkets have spurred a lot of questions. As always, we’re here to answer them with lots and lots and lots of data.

  • How do the Pantheon trinkets work? (The infographic gives an overview, and we have nitty gritty details below that)
  • How many trinkets does our raid need for the Pantheon proc to trigger often enough to care?
  • What if my team has a bad distribution – maybe only healers are getting the trinkets!?
  • How much DPS does the Pantheon proc and iLevel 1000 upgrade really give me? (Sorry I haven’t run tests for healers and tanks on this one)
  • Is the regular (role) trinket or the Legendary Aman’Thul’s better for me? Will my raid leader require that I wear it to increase the team’s proc chance?

Let’s get to the answers.

Pantheon trinket infographic

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Gem, enchant & relic thresholds

How many times have you optimized your gear only to have a few gems or enchants changed? You know it is technically better because that one gem swap will get you a tiny bit more DPS…

But you might have wondered, “How much DPS does that really get me, and do I care enough to spend gold on it?”

The Score Threshold feature lets you determine the gain required to replace gems, enchants and relic.

How does it work?

Filters on Ask Mr. Robot

You can set the Score Threshold in the gear filters menu. By default, we set the threshold to 0.5%, but you can customize it. The range starts at 0.25% and go up to 5%, with an option to disable it so that any improvement is always applied, no matter how small.

Score Threshold

The Score Threshold is highlight in orange, “BiB Score Threshold” and is set to 1.00% in this example. The yellow highlight controls the quality of gems and enchants you allow, which comes into play with the Score Threshold feature. Continue reading

Gearing to rank on Krosus

I’ve written a couple articles for Blizzard Watch on ranking for Krosus – one for ranged and one coming soon for melee.

To squeeze out that extra DPS, you’ll want to pick gear specifically for that fight. For every 1% you increase your DPS, you can expect to move up 1 – 2 % in the rankings.

One extreme example is for dual wielders: Krosus has a bug (at least I assume it is), where you can’t miss on him. Normally when you are forced to hit a boss from the front, the boss mechanics that make him dodge or block your hits is turned off. But you can still miss in those cases. However, it looks like the ability to miss was also turned off, meaning you never miss a single hit on him.

In a few quick tests on some dual-wielders, I found most of them get a 2-4% increase in damage when gearing specifically for this bug, compared to gearing for a regular version where you still have a chance to miss.

So ‘regular’ gear advice isn’t going to optimize for doing the most damage under the specific Krosus scenario. So  I have an option for you to gear specifically for this.

Step 1: Decide on the right boss script variation

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Simulation guide: Krosus

I showed earlier that our Krosus model matches real-life logs from top Warcraft players. That makes these simulations incredibly useful because the advice you get is based on real situations. Below is a guide to help you simulate different scenarios to see how it impacts your DPS. You can also take the scenario closest to how you play and generate stat weights from that.

Step 1: Load your character into the simulator

Click this link to go to the simulator. Load your character from the armory, or the addon import.

Step 2: Review your character setup

The left side of the simulator page is all about your character. Click the plus signs to expand sections, like talents. Click on gear in the list to select different gear, relics, or enchants.

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6 Biggest stat weight questions, answered!

1. Do I need custom stat weights?

 

Mr. Robot already customized them for you, specific to each and every character.

“Stat weights” from guides are built for 1 character, not your character, which is why people tell you to sim your own. Instead of making you sim your own, we simmed it all for you. That’s right – we sim all of the talent and gear combos you might need to evaluate, before you even own the items or change your talents.

So when you get that gear, or change that talent, we already have the new set of stat weights waiting for you. They are automatically applied as your character changes… that’s why we call them “Adaptive Strategies.”

Also keep in mind that static stat weights can’t rank anything with a proc, which is half of your gear these days. That’s why our “adaptive strategies” use simulation data and machine learning to pick your stats and gear.

 

2. Should I use Ask Mr. Robot (AMR) or SimC?

It depends on what you want to do. If you’re simming just to find your DPS, both programs tend to be accurate, and both have very smart people working on them. Most classes collaborate across the platforms to make sure both are accurate as well since it’s in everyone’s interest to make sure both work. Anyway, pick your favorite.

However, when it comes to stat weights, SimC does a subset of what AMR does. One of the things we really focused on when we built our simulator was improving the accuracy of stat weight generation by using a statistically accepted practices. We also built the stat weight functions to integrate with gear ranking. Let me explain: Continue reading

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 reduces your chance to die.

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

Update: commentary updated for 7.3. Screenshots are still a bit old, but still relevant.

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. It will look slightly different now, because it includes the Antorus raid (this is an old screenshot). 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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Share your Legion APL / Rotation

We’ve made it easier for you to share any Legion APL / rotation. You can also ‘subscribe’ to someone’s rotation and get all of their updates automatically.

You might see people asking for a Legion APL for their class. APL stands for “Action Priority List” – basically a spell rotation. Simulators use an APL (rotation) to mimic a boss fight and estimate your dps. But not everyone plays the same, so we want to get more people involved in making rotations for Legion. Share them with friends, post in forums to collaborate in making one better, the list goes on.

Let’s say Zoopercat makes a rotation and wants to share it with a few people. She clicks the share button, gets a link, and posts it in the guild forums (or on discord).  Let’s say Yellowfive clicks on the link – he can see the rotation that Zoopercat made. If he wants, he can click “Add to List” so the rotation shows up in the drop down menu when setting up a simulation. And that’s not all! Anytime Zoopercat updates that rotation, it’s automatically updated for Yellowfive too!

Share Legion APL / Rotations Share Legion APL / RotationsUse a shared Legion APL / Rotation

Suggestions on Sharing your Legion APL / Rotation

  • Make a descriptive name – when people click on the link, they will see the name of your rotation and know what it is for.
  • “In Development” / WIP names – if you want to share or collaborate on rotations, it might be a good idea to put “Dev” or “WIP” (work in progress) in the name. That way people know it isn’t perfect yet. And they might make a copy and play with it too. Example: Zoops Balance WIP
  • Release names – you can also make a release version. This could be updated with the latest theories that test out. Sure, it might not be optimal yet, but as you update it, it will get better and better. Example: Zoops Balance Release

Editing Rotations

For a quick start guide on editing rotations, check out this video. For help on how to guess & test rotations, try this video.

And for a full list of help and FAQ, check out our Simulator Help Page.

 

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