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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Click that filter icon as shown above. And the filter window pops up, as shown below.
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
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!
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
For a quick start guide on editing rotations, check out this video. For help on how to guess & test rotations, try this video.