Category: Uncategorized (page 1 of 6)

The New Legion Simulator

TLDR: Mr. Robot has a new super-powerful simulator. You just push a button on our website, no need to download anything. For how-to tips & videos, visit this page.

Have Legion Questions?

Did you know there are several quadrillion viable combinations of gear, talents and artifact traits for every level 110 Legion character? I bet you’ve had a lot of questions about what the best talents are, or how spell changes are shaping up! I know I have…   What if there was a button to get the answers yourself… would you push the magical button?!

Push it.

/Launch Simulator

We built a new Legion simulator.  “So a new simulator?! How is this going to change things?” you might be asking. Let me give you the TLDR version:

  • Goal #1: End the “Black Box Theorycrafting” era and move into “Public Theorycrafting.” Instead of requiring your trust, we wanted to earn it, by making every little detail public on a wiki. What’s that phrase, “Trust, but verify” ?
  • Goal #2: Increase confidence in simulation as a method to model the game. For example, Patchwerk fights don’t exist so it’s easy to dismiss results of a simulation based on that type of fight. So our simulator will model out every boss in Legion.
  • Goal #3: Ignite collaboration and creativity to take theorycrafting to a whole new level. We don’t want you to rely on just our 1 or 2 spell rotations. Instead, everything is public and easily editable, so anyone can tweak rotations, making them better and better. We also don’t want you to rely on just one boss script… the system will let you choose from a list of scripts for each boss, like ranged, melee, a 9-minute strategy or a 3-minute strategy. This also opens up an opportunity to create very specific spell rotations for each boss in Legion.

We’ve been working for the past month with some of the top theorycrafters and top mythic guilds to make sure the system is in tip-top shape. So far so good, and now we’re ready to release it the Legion version to the public. Keep in mind, it is still a beta (so if something looks like a bug and sounds like a bug, it’s probably a bug. Please report it!)

Moving to “Public Theorycrafting”

An incredible amount of advice on the “right way” to play or gear is controlled by very few people who haven’t been required to prove our work… it’s in a Black Box. I say “our” because Ask Mr. Robot does fall into this category. We guarantee that we will get you the single best optimized set of gear, which we did verify and prove. However, it’s based on stat weights… which come from simulation results that we didn’t publish the details on.  Most advice based on simulations, whether on a tool like ours or in a guide, has had little-to-no independent verification. We’re changing that.

To ensure that the information driving the simulations is easily viewed and verified, it can’t be buried in code. So we pulled nearly everything out of the code and moved it to a wiki.

All of the information on the wiki is then turned into code to run your simulations, automatically and on-demand. Let that sink in… a wiki that powers an entire simulator.

How does this wiki make theorycrafting more public? 

The wiki lets you see how any spell works, how buffs interact, or the assumptions made in spell rotations. It’s critical to make this information accessible, so that it’s easily verifiable by class experts, theorycrafters, and you! This means thousands or hundreds of thousands of people can verify the accuracy of each spec, instead of just a handful of people.

In addition to verifying the mechanics of the Legion simulator, the community can verify assumptions and conclusions of class experts’ simulations. Every simulation is saved (forever), and easily shareable. This means you can see the results as well as all of the details that went into the simulation, like what spell rotation was chosen, what gear was equipped, which talents were selected, and so on.

Now let’s say you look at those assumptions and wonder if a different talent setup would be better, along with a slightly different rotation to make the best use of that talent. You can use their setup as a starting point, select that other talent and drag & drop spells in the rotation to adjust it. Then run your version of the simulation and compare results. Let’s say your setup gets more DPS, so you share it. Someone else might come along and tweak your setup, and the process continues to iterate. Instead of tapping into just 1 or 2 people’s knowledge, this model opens it up to tap into everyone.

Models for every Legion Boss

If we go through the effort to make sure every spell mechanic is properly implemented and to create min/maxxed spell rotations, it seems silly to throw that level of accuracy at exaggerated bosses that don’t exist. “Patchwerk” fights assume pure single target where you never move (when’s the last time that happened?). And AoE fights aren’t 100% AoE all the time… the packs of adds come and go. Modeling a boss really isn’t much different than modeling a spec’s spell mechanics and spell rotations. So we’re going the extra mile to add every single boss for Legion into the simulator.

It doesn’t stop there… what if your team uses a special strategy on a boss? Or what if the melee never have to move out of things, but ranged players do? What about multi-targeting? Those require different models, which is why we will be releasing a boss editor that’s as easy to use as the rotation editor.  Perhaps hunters need a special boss setup, now they can have it.

While we have the boss mechanisms ready, the actual bosses aren’t live yet.  As they are released for testing in the Legion beta, we’ll add them to the Legion simulator.

Ready for Legion!

Here’s a list of what’s ready:

  • Every DPS spec’s spell mechanics are implemented (if something seems wrong, it’s a bug, and will usually be fixed in 24 hours or less of the report)
  • Basic rotations for every spec (but not min-maxxed yet, feel free to play with the rotations though!)
  • Reporting with filters and searching built in
  • All regular Legion gear is available to equip (trinkets, special legendaries and set bonuses are not yet modeled)
  • All pages are easily shared, just grab the URL and post it to a forum or send to a friend.
  • Web-based simulations (use our servers, on the cloud, free)
  • Full, fast support! Need help learning the system, have a specific question, or need to report a bug. We’re friendly and we’re dedicating time to help you!
    • Discussions: discord or forums
    • Specific questions: discord or forums
    • Bug reports: forums

Here’s what’s coming

Known issues can be found here.

  • Client program so you can run more processor intensive simulations
  • Trinkets, special legendaries and set bonus implementation
  • Batch simulations (like trying 10 different talent setups all at once and compare the DPS between them. Or do a simulation for every combination of haste and mastery between 1,000 & 5,000 rating and graph the results)
  • Distributed simulations (running one of those large batches across multiple computers… like 2 of your own and your mom’s)
  • Legion bosses (and the boss editor), as they are released for testing on the Legion Beta
  • Stat weight generation

Give it a try!

Head over to beta.askmrrobot.com. You can use the beta version of the addon to load a character or use one of the default templates. There’s more tips on our Simulator FAQ page.

How to Gear Alts in WoD

Gear alts in WoD

What activities should I do to gear alts in WoD?

So you want to find a fast & efficient way to gear alts in WoD, while we wait for Legion to drop, right? The fastest way to gear your alt depends on what you are willing to do (and what your friends are willing to carry you through). Atls are supposed to be fun, so let’s find you the most fun (and efficient) ways to gear your alt! Did you know you can even get PvP gear without ever PvP’ing? It’s true! Below I show you how to use gear filters to find the most appropriate gear for your desired activities 🙂

So what’s the best way to find the right gear?

The magic is in the gear filters… a lot of power lies behind that little blue circular PLUS sign! After loading your character, click on any item to bring up the gear list for that slot. Then click the blue “+” button just above the gear list, on the left, to open the filters menu (shown below). How to gear alts

Set the filters to the WoD activities you are willing to do to gear up your alt. Mr. Robot will then remove any of the gear that isn’t relevant to you.Gear alts WoD filters A few notes & tips, current for WoD patch 6.2.3:

  • A: Set the raid difficulty to the levels you’ll be doing to gear up your alt (not where you intend to be after gearing up). If you don’t want to do LFRs, then either uncheck the raids you won’t be doing at all, or set it to normal (or whatever your friends will carry you through).
  • B: Don’t forget world bosses!
  • C: Set the part of the legendary ring progress you’re on, or will be getting soon
  • D: Old Apexis Crystal items can now be bought with gold. 1000 Gold buys you 630 iLevel and it goes up to 20,000 gold for iLevel 675. The vendors are found in Warspear and their names all start with dawn-seeker. World of Moudi has a guide on this (and Baleful items).
  • E: Crafted items start at level 640 and can be upgraded to stage 4 ‘cheaply’ with items made by each item’s crafting profession. Truesteel Essence is the example for Blacksmiths, which costs 15 Savage Blood among other items. Mighty Essence upgrades to level 5 and uses 30 Felblight. Savage Essence upgrades to level 6 and uses 60 Felblight. World of Moudi has a nice guide for crafted upgrades and obtaining Felblight.
    NOTE: Recall that the secondary stats on crafted items are random. You can reroll them with an item made by each profession, and they are cheap (Blacksmithing, Leatherworking, Tailoring, Jewelcrafting). So if you might have the item for a while and you’re upgrading it, a few rerolls might be worth it.
  • F: BoE gear is for stuff that can be bought off the AH. The filters let you select item levels that are associated with each instance. So maybe you don’t want to buy HFC drops, but you are willing to buy Highmaul BoE drops. Select that here.
  • G: Mythic dungeon items start at 695 but have a chance to have a higher iLevel. The higher the iLevel, the lower the chance. So for planning purposes, you might want to select the lowest iLevel, if you don’t want to count on higher iLevel items dropping.
  • H: Baleful items can drop from mobs in Tanaan Jungle, with a higher chance from rare in Tanaan and are BoP. You can also buy them from a vendor (Ravenspeaker Thelnaas in Tanaan) with Apexis crystals (BoP) for 5,000 Apexis Crystals (10,000 for weapons). You can get BoA Baleful tokens from shipyard missions and “Call to Arms” (see super tips below for mor info). Baleful items have a base item level of 650, but there’s a chance they proc to a higher ilevel when opened. You can upgrade any Baleful item to 695 with an Empowered Apexis Fragment. You can buy this from the same vendor for 20,000 Apexis crystals and it also has a 10-15% drop rate from “Call to Arms” satchels (the reward from queuing for dungeons/raids for the underrepresented role like tanks/healers).
    Note: The secondary stats on these items are random, and cannot be rerolled. The only way to get an item with better stats is to get more of the Baleful tokens from mobs or the vendor.
    Super tip #1: The Empowered Apexis Fragment is BoA, so you can farm Apexis Crystals on your main, buy the fragments, and send them to your alt.
    Super tip #2: You can also get Baleful gear tokens from shipyard missions, which are actually BoA. So you can send it to any alt that wears the armory type specified.
    Super tip #3 comes from @TheSlickRock on Twitter: You can also get BoA Baleful tokens when doing “Call to Arms” on your main – and people have reported that each satchel tends to contain several BoA Baleful Tokens. Call to Arms is the extra reward you get from queuing for dungeons and raids on the much-needed role (like tanks / healers). However, “Call to Arms” can double up on rewards if you run them on your alt instead of your main, because you can also collect legendary ring requirements at the same time.
  • More info! The Grumpy Elf has a fantastic guide aimed at people somewhat unfamiliar with all of the in’s & out’s of Baleful items. Also, the first 2 super tips are credited to him.
  • I: Miscellaneous other stuff
  • PvP options even if you hate it! Thanks to @Volstatsz and @Uabtodd on twitter, I learned that you can get a lot of good gear from PvP, even without PvPing. You can buy Champion’s Honor tokens on the AH which give you 1,000 honor and 1,000 conquest points. A spot check on a few realms makes it look like the average price for a Honor token is 10,000 gold. Items cost 1,250 – 3,500 Honor or Conquest points from vendors in Ashran (Marshal Karsh(A)/Warlord Noktyn(H) and Marshal Gabriel(A)/General Aevd(H).  Remember, the PvP gear for Warlords has the same stat allocation as PvE gear, so you aren’t losing anything.
    –And if you like to PvP, this is an excellent way to gear up, especially if you take advantage of a bonus weekend. Thanks to FloppyFox on reddit, for reminding us that PvP gear cannot be upgraded with Valor.
  • Also, boosted characters automatically get a 640 gear set and level 3 garrison. Thanks for the tip, @Elkagorasa.

Call to Arms: a 4-for-1 source to gear up alts in WoD

The tips above that mention using “Call to Arms” to gear up warrants a summary. “Call to Arms” is the quest you get when queuing for Dungeons and raids as an underrepresented role (like healers/tanks). The reward satchel usually contains:

  • Several BoA Baleful tokens (level 650 gear or higher)
  • 10-15% chance for an Empowered Apexis Fragment to upgrade a Baleful item to 695
  • Gold

And if you are queuing for raids, you can make progress on your legendary ring requirements at the same time. So while the Baleful items and the Apexis Fragments are both BoA, allowing you to farm these on your main to funnel to your alt… doing it on your alt has its rewards too 🙂

There are more filters that I didn’t highlight that will help to gear your alt. When you are done, click the green Apply button.

Gear alt filters

Then when you click on any piece of gear, you’ll see a ranked list of items you can get with your (limited) alt activities.

Save time with the Upgrade Finder

This is premium. For $1 a month, you unlock all of Mr. Robot’s premium features, including all gear lists in the Upgrade Finder. Not a bad price for the time you’ll save, in my opinion, but I’m pretty sure I’m biased 😉  As a 3-person company we do appreciate each premium account, but we still encourage you to give the free trial a shot first to make sure you like it. NO credit card is ever asked for during a free trial, that’s just shady, so we don’t do that.

How to upgrade your alt with the upgrade finder:

The filtered lists that I reviewed above give you a ranked gear list for every activity you’re willing to do. But if you find yourself scanning through that list, looking for a few specific gear sources, then try the Upgrade Finder. Mr. Robot creates a list of the best gear for your character, for each activity you’re willing to do… or about to do. My personal favorite is to find out what dungeons to run.

Load your character, then click the green arrow to open the menu. Select the Upgrade Finder option.

GreenArrow

FindUpgrades

Next, select your activity! Mythic dungeons? Currencies (like Apexis Crystals or Timewarped gear)? Crafted items (you can even select the stage you want). And so on.

UpgradeMenu

Here’s what I see for my character when selecting Mythic Dungeons. The Zone score factors in how many upgrades you can get from that zone, and how good each upgrade is. Alternatively,  the “Best Score” column shows the score for the top ranked item in each dungeon. Upper Blackrock Spire has the best zone score (with a few others being almost as good). And Bloodmaul Slagmines is the worst, so I’d skip that one, and try to find groups for the better ones instead. Note: To see all of the items that will drop (not just the best upgrade), click the ‘view all’ link to the far right of each row.

Mythic dungeon gear list

I then took a look at the 650 Baleful Gear (Apexis) and saw the upgrades were small. But when comparing to the 695 list, there are some very nice upgrades. So I think my main will farm some of the Empowered Apexis Fragments to send to my alt (I also have to hope I get ones with good secondary stats).

Baleful650

Baleful695

Now, off to farming!!! See you around Tanaan Jungle or maybe in some LFR’s 😉

 

 

Hellfire Citadel Raid Tools

RaidTools_VelhariBanner

We have really cute raid bosses that we commissioned from @Cadistra.

Full Suite of Raid Tools!

Last expansion, we launched the data and graph views for our combat logs. With Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry, we introduced auto-generated infographics. Over the past month, people have been testing out the automated player-comparison tool and now it’s ready for Hellfire Citadel. All of these are totally free, and we keep your data pretty much ‘forever.’

We also launched Live Loot ranking to help gear up your gear as efficiently as possible to aid in progression. The rankings on the site do require that ONE person in your raid have premium ($1 a month). And then, once you rank it, you can import it into the addon and share the results with everyone on your team, even those who don’t have premium 🙂

RaidTools_Screenshot

NEW! Player Comparisons

So you want to get better, amirite? Mr. Robot has a new feature to help you. He will FIND a bunch of players to compare you to… ones that have similar gear levels, set bonuses, legendaries, trinkets, and more. If the fight lengths differ, he calculates a delta, so that everything is fair.

You can even compare talents, glyphs and stats. It might not be their rotation making them better, it could be they have 20% more crit for the same gear level, and that is actually your best stat.

Combat Logs: Lots of Data & Graphs

We took a different approach to viewing log data than traditional combat log sites. We put top level data front and center, then make pretty much every data-bar clickable for more details. That way, you can dig down to the data you want, without being overwhelmed with too much data in any particular view. Here’s a 1:40 video highlighting some of the cool data.

We have really easy-to-use graphs. A lot of people don’t know that, so let’s change that. Below is a 40-second video showing you how to find the graphs and what they can do.

Combat Infographics

We launched this project for Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry. We wanted to see if we could find the important information in a log, FOR YOU, so you didn’t have to spend time digging through a lot of data if you didn’t want to. In addition, we wanted to give you context to that data… just because you know you killed the adds in 5 seconds or less, doesn’t mean you know how good or bad that is. Until now – we aggregate data across all teams who successfully kill a boss and show you how you score. Now you DO know if it’s good or bad, so you know where to focus your efforts.

We process the data automatically each night, so upload you logs asap on Tuesday so we have enough data to be meaningful. Then check back Wednesday to see your report (it’s retroactive, if you uploaded Tuesday, it will show up on Wednesday). This is a one-time waiting period as each new boss gets enough data… after that, you see infographs immediately after uploading them.

This video is from our initial launch, so it’s a wee bit dated, but still very useful (and short) if you’re new to the infographics. Also, I actually went in front of a camera for this, so there’s that. The other 2 people behind Mr. Robot (yes, there are only 3 of us), weren’t on camera though, sorry 🙁

Russ Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at BlizzardRuss Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at Blizzard

How to upload your logs:

  1. Get the desktop application here.
  2. Optional: If you want gear data tied to the logs (you should, silly), get the addon here.
    You can  if you want. No need to do ANYTHING else with the addon, other than have it installed.
  3. IN YOUR RAID: you need to start a combat log. You can do this by typing /combat log   in the chat window. OR, use our addon and either check the box that auto-logs (my favorite) or click the ‘start logging’ button. When you are logging, the Mr. Robot addon icon will be green.
  4. After your raid, upload your logs with the desktop application.
    (Start an upload / Fight selection & gear data step)
  5. When you’re done, click the big button to view your logs, or just load your character on our site and the logs will show on the right side.

Then check back Wednesday to see your infographics. Remember, we need at least a day to gather enough data to make the infographics meaningful. This is a one-time waiting period when new bosses come out.

Live Loot Ranking!

As bosses drop loot, Mr. Robot will rank them for every member on your raid team. Find out who big of an upgrade it is for each person… is it a 1% for MageMaster and 6% for WarlockOfDoom? Will that change how each of you rolls or bids? It is meant to help you make loot decisions, no matter what loot system you use (roll, dkp, loot council, etc).


The Live Loot Ranking is part of the Team Optimizer, a premium feature. It’s $1 a month and only ONE person on the team needs premium. Once you import it into the addon, everyone can see the ranked results, whether they are premium or not!

Best in Bags

Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you own, then finds the best set to equip. Gone of the days of needing static BiS lists – when items have a chance to be warforged or have a gem socket, it gets thrown out the window. That’s where Best in Bags comes in – Mr. Robot KNOWS what you have and makes sure the best items are always equipped. This is part of premium ($1 a month).

Why Premium? $1 a Month

First, I want to be very clear. All of the combat log features (data, graphs, inforgraphics and comparisons) are free. The Live Loot Ranking, Best in Bags, Bonus Roll Helper, no ads, and more all come packaged in one premium price. $1 a month.

Everyone gets to try the features free for a week (no credit card is ever asked for, during the trial… that’s just shady and we don’t do that). If your trial is over and you want it reset, we’re happy to do it. We believe that you should be able to try the cool stuff before you buy it. If you need a reset, email your AMR username to feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com.

I know a lot of you reading this are already premium, and I want to give you a huge hug! There are only 3 humans working with Mr. Robot and you help support us. We turned this site into our full-time jobs, which is what lets us make all of these cool features.  It also helps us support other fans and fan sites. For example, we commission a lot of art, we help pay for servers on other sites, help fund Blizzcon parties, and so on. On behalf of all of us, Thank You! It is such a rewarding experience to work on Warcraft stuff full time AND be a positive source for people too.

Patch 6.2 Mega Gear Summary

GearLevels

As always, Mr. Robot gathered all sorts of gear data for the patch and asked me to share it. The list below starts with the highest iLevels and works its way down. You can browse all 6.2 gear on our site now (trinkets and set bonuses have placeholder estimates. Stat weights are not yet updated).

Viewing gear on AMR

Load your character and play with gear on the character page, Best in Slot, and Optimized views. Note that set bonus and trinket estimates have placeholder values right now. Stat weights are also not updated (but you can get your favorite weights shared from a theorycrafter if you’d like).

GearTutorial

Click the ‘edit weights’ button to the right of your character name to get the controls shown below.

EditWeightsButton

Legendary rings: iLevel 735

Get those rings! It’s a… group on-use, I suppose you could call it. When one person uses it, it procs for everyone in the raid, increasing damage and healing by 25% for 15 seconds (2 min cooldown).

Bosses in Hellfire Citadel drop higher and higher iLevel gear.

I’ve listed the iLevel each boss drops (and set items are in parenthesis).

For comparison, BRF iLevels are 670N / 685H / 700M. Remember, you likely have a lot of high level items from your garrison raiding missions. So if you are a Heroic BRF raider, you likely have a lot of level 700 BRF mythic items. That means early heroic bosses in HFC give you a 5 iLevel boost over mythic garrison gear, and 20 iLevels over Heroic BRF boss drops.

Class-specific trinkets

Each classes gets a specific trinket that has a chance to drop off Archimond. Below are the 705 Normal mode versions (use the drop down right under the item to switch between N/H/M on wowdb). The Heroic and Mythic versions increase proc chance % as well as other percentages listed.

These drop as a token off Archimond, grouped by the same classes as tier tokens. Once you win it, you can turn it into your class-specific trinket.

Crafting upgrades to iLevel 700 & 715

Rank 5 “Mighty” crafted items increase to iLevel 700 and rank 6 “Savage” increases to 715. Weapon upgrades are 10 iLevels lower. Upgrades require Felblight, which can be obtained in Tanaan Jungle from gathering professions (fishing, herbalism, mining, or skinning).

Also, all previous rank upgrade reagents (2-4) have been consolidated into 1 reagent, making early upgrades easier and cheaper.

Mythic 5-man dungeons: up to iLevel 685 & 705

A mythic difficulty will be added to Draenor dungeons, rewarding iLevel 685 items, with end bosses having a chance to drop iLevel 705 warforged items.

There is also a Timewalking “Bonus Event” that rewards a cache containing a “Heroic Hellfire Citadel quality item.” My best guess is that means you can get any item from HFC, ranging from 705-720 iLevel.

Apexis gear: iLevel 695

New apexis gear will have a base iLevel of 650 that can be upgraded to 695 with an Emowered Apexis Fragment. You get a free 650 item and a free fragment after completing the quest, The Cipher of Damnation, part of your garrison campaign.

More 650 items can be obtained from garrison missions, Tanaan mob drops, and Tanaan quests. More upgrade fragments can be purchased for 20,000 Apexis Crystals (it’s BoP so you won’t find it on the AH).

Challenge mode: iLevel 680

Challenge mode strong boxes will now reward iLevel 680 (up from 650).

Timewalking: iLevel 660 & 675

You can go back and fight through selected old content, with a catch. Your gear is scaled DOWN to an appropriate level. The bosses drop gear that scales back UP to an appropriate iLevel for a level 100 player: iLevel 640 (660 Warforged). With patch 6.2.2 (Sept 1), new gear was introduced at iLevel 675.

There is a Timewalking “Bonus Event.” If you complete 5 timewalking dungeons, you get an extra bonus roll that does NOT count toward your weekly cap.

Epic gems: +75 to a stat

That’s up from +50 for the blue (rare) gems. Each epic gem will require 15 Felblight (which can be obtained through gathering professions in Tanaan Jungle). Here’s a guide on Icy-Veins.

 Best in Bags & Live Loot Ranking

As you win gear, give “Best in Bags” a shot. Mr. Robot will dig through all of the gear you own and tell you what the best items are to equip. No more wondering if that lower iLevel item with a socket is better than the higher iLevel. Mr. Robot KNOWS!

As you kill bosses in Hellfire Citadel, try out our new Live Loot Ranking tool. It ranks gear that drops for every player in the raid. Get the addon here.

NEW! Hardcore Elitist Mode

Mr. Robot rounded up 10 of the most hardcore theorcyrafters he could find, and asked them how THEY would design an optimizer. And we have our latest feature, thanks to them.

Simply load your character. In the green dropdown menu, select the purple option in the lower right, “Hardcore Elitist Mode.”

HardcoreElitistModeMenu

From there, you’ll find a few simple commands you can enter. Sometimes extra options are needed, and remember, you can stack options together.

For example, I typed in ‘bis’ and was told that I should turn on the warforged and gem socket options in the filter menu. I did that.

I was then told to use the badgear option.

Next I typed in:  bis -badgear
I was told to use the allowbestweights option.

So next I typed in:   bis -badgear -allowbestweights
Then I finally got my BiS setup!

Zoop

Overrides

Mr. Robot wanted to override some of the results for his friends on Twitter. He takes some things literally, you know. But he enjoyed reading all of your fun facts. I was in charge of coding all of his personalized messages, about 350 of them in 24 hours. If you get to the final optimization, you will see your special message. I apologize if I missed yours, or it might not show up as a result of human (spelling) error. I still love you, and all of your amazing facts. Every single one of you made me smile or laugh. This was such a fun project.

One of Mr. Robot’s favorites: Finius from Kirin Tor once opened for the band, Hanson. So Mr. Robot wanted to do a super special optimization for him. Mr. Robot also makes an good argument for horde vs alliance in his message to Airlina. It’s up to you to see what they might be.

hanson

Calling all artists!

Mr. Robot wants a makeover! I think all of the S.E.L.F.I.E.’s have made him want something new and shiny so he can look his best in pictures. And who am I to say NO to Mr. Robot? So of course, I’m helping him turn his dream into a reality.

Request for New Logo

We are officially accepting sketches for a new Ask Mr. Robot logo. Don’t think of it as a logo, think of is as just drawing Mr. Robot. What do YOU think he looks like? You will submit them privately so no one can copy your idea. This is not a contest, this is a process for us to find an artist to hire to design a new logo and future logo-related projects. Some details to help you get started:

  • Logo & Header: needs to fit nicely on the site, preferably in a horizontal layout. That’s why we have just Mr. Robot’s head up there right now, along with the words “Ask Mr. Robot.” While that can be an option, so can a full robot (like the reddit logos). Really, anything goes! We want to tap into YOUR creativity. Start fresh.
  • Stand-alone: the logo (or another version of it) should look good as a stand-alone item. For example, putting Mr. Robot’s current orange head on a T-Shirt or a postcard looks a bit odd.
  • Custom work: The artist we choose would ideally be able to do continued work on variations of the logo. For example, when Warlords of Draenor launched, it would have been cool to have a FULL ROBOT (not just the head) dressed up / posing for the expansion. Right now, I piece together other images as best as I can, but we want REAL art.

Submit Your Work

  • Email submissions to feedback -at- askmrrobot dot com (escaped to avoid crawlers).
  • Rough sketches are all we need right now. If for some reason, we have questions or don’t quite understand what you are going for, we will give you feedback and accept follow up sketches.
  • Link to your best art: since we’re working off sketches, we’d also like to see an example of some of the art you’ve already done. This will help us envision where the sketch is going to end up.
  • Payment: in your email, include what you’d like to be paid for the original logo, and your rate for additional variations (like Mr. Robot dressed up for Blizzcon).
  • Feedback: we will have an open dialog with each artist, giving feedback and asking questions before any final decisions are made.

Deadline

March 23, 2015 is our current deadline, and we may adjust it depending on the # of submissions. The earlier you send us your sketches, the sooner we can give feedback to review re-submissions.

About Us:

We love artists and are continuously amazed at the talent out there. We’ve hired 5 other artists in the past for various projects, and feel like we’re easy to work with 🙂  @Ammosart and @Cadistra are the 2 latest artists we’ve hired 🙂

And of course, last year we coordinated a Blizzard Fan Art gallery at our Blizzcon party. We plan to do it again so if that interests you, let us know in the email or the comments here. All art is donated by the artists (but printed and mounted by us), displayed during the party, then given away (free) at the end of the night.

Mark of the Shattered Hand

ShatteredHand

You may have seen Mark of the Shattered Hand as a recommended optimization. If you have “Exclude Expensive Enchants” turned on, that’s the only choice Mr. Robot has to give DPSers. If you want the other ones recommended, just uncheck that filter and you’re all set! However, it still might be the best one for you – even if you are ranged, it still procs (despite the tooltip).

For Tanks and Healers, Mr. Robot uses Mark of Black Rock and Mark of the Shadow Moon as the cheap enchants.

CheapEnchants

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

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.

LiveLootRankingsLoot drops.
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 🙂

 

 

Blizzcon Party – Thursday Nov 6, 2014 @ the Hilton

Admit1We’re co-hosting the World of Podcasts Blizzcon Party this year! And lots of other cool people are involved: OpenRaid, Icy-Veins, J!nx, and more! I don’t want to say this party will be huge (but it will be with over 1,000 pre-registrations), 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!

Older posts

© 2016 Mr. Robot's Blog

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑