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Hellfire Citadel Raid Tools


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 :)


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


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).


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


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."


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!



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.


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.


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


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.


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 11x14 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!

Countdown: 50 Facts for WoD

I'll be sharing a fact a day as I gather information on my fact finding missions for Warlords of Draenor. Days left to launch of WoD: HOURS! live countdown

  • Fact #1: Launch! No need to log out when WoD launches. IF your account is already upgraded, you'll be ready to play :)
  • Fact #2: Quest mobs: most quest mobs share tags in WoD, so no fighting over them anymore (with a few exceptions). Thanks @Malvenue for the tip.
  • Fact #3: First quest in WoD: if too many people are on the quest give, use a macro!
    /tar Archmage Khadgar
    /click StaticPopup1Button1
  • Fact #4: Realm first achievements are gone. So go ahead and enjoy your leveling :)
  • Fact #5: Dungeon strats. Here's some text that is ready to paste in the party chat when grouping for a dungeon. From two wow chicks.
  • Fact #6: Items named after fans / mini-celebrities seem to all drop from world bosses. Keep an eye out for OpenRaid events to farm world bosses for named items :)
  • Fact #7: The legendary item in WoD: Rings!
  • Fact #8: Tier tokens will convert into the right item, skipping the vendor part (so they work like Timeless Isle tokens). Also, once you use the token, there's a chance for the item to have a gem socket, be warforged, and/or have a tertiary stat. From Blizzard:
    • Tier tokens will convert to an item just like the Timeless Isle tokens, this removes one of the steps.
  • Fact #9: Healing. From Blizzard: 
    • In Warlords, players have double the effective health, giving you longer to think and target your heals.
    • In Warlords, smart heals aren't as smart. They just heal anyone who is injured rather than the most injured.
    • In Warlords, healers will have enough mana even at lower item levels.
    • In Warlords, Spirit is now on less slots, so you can't trivialize mana anymore.
  • Fact #10: Garrisons & Achievements: many level 3 garrison buildings are unlocked by achievements, like this one. For a list of achievements, visit The Grumpy Elf's post.
  • Fact #11: Gathering professions. No need to go to a trainer to increase your level cap, you'll get a drop that increases it, like this. You can also mine/herb/skin any node at any level. IF your level is low, you get pieces that you can combine to turn into the real ore/herbs, like these mining nuggets.
  • Fact #12Garrison Infographic
  • Fact #13: Highmaul raid schedule: launches Dec 2 for normal / heroic. Mythic and LFR are on Dec 9. Blackrock Foundry is 'several weeks' later.
  • Fact #14: Warforged, gem sockets, tertiary stats: dungeon and raid level items, in general, are eligible to have an extra modification on it. They can have just 1 thing (like a gem socket) or all 3.
  • Fact #15: Items can only have 1 tertiary stat (if they have more, it's a bug)
  • Fact #16: Friends & Garrisons: your friend can visit your garrison (and pick herbs and ore off your nodes, ha!). They can come in and DE stuff if you have the enchanter building. And you can group and do some garrison invasion defending!
  • Fact #17: Goblin Gliders = secret stuff! There are various goblins around in each zone that let you get on gliders to reach secret spots with treasure chests and stuff. You can get a map for the treasure chests in that zone a few different ways (reported by fans). A garrison quest reward, a reward for completing the quest achievement for a zone, and from a vendor in your WoD faction zone (after completing the story line for each zone). Here's a YouTube video of one of these glider spots.
  • Fact #18: Mythic raid lockouts The mythic lockouts work differently that normal/heroic. In normal/heroic you can run whatever you want, as often as you want, you just don't get more than 1 chance at gear. Mythic however, works like the 'old' lockouts - once you kill a boss, you're tied to THAT RAID ID. You cannot go into someone else's mythic raid until it resets each week.
  • Fact #19: Getting gear from your garrison From a blue post: Once you have followers at ilvl 615, the second tier of level 100 missions unlocks, at 630 the third tier unlocks (includes missions with ilvl 645 gear for your character), and when you have followers at ilvl 645 the fourth tier unlocks.

    The fourth tier is special in that they show up rarely, but they're raid missions for your followers that reward your character with raid quality loot of a tier higher than you're currently running. If you're doing LFR, you'll get normal quality raid loot, if you're running normal raids you'll get heroic quality loot, and heroic raiders will get mythic quality loot. Mythic raiders will get mythic loot and 1k gold.

    These missions show up rarely enough that you won't be able to deck out your character in these items before the next raid zone shows up, but having a handful of them will give you a nice edge.The level you're currently running will be roughly determined by having 'weeks' of experience in a zone at that difficulty, Get more info on the followup blue post.
  • Fact #20: Blackrock Foundry There are 3 wings in the Blackrock Foundry raid, and you can do the wings in any order. Then you can kill the end boss. There's also a quest that takes several weeks to complete, rewarding you with a key to skip most of the bosses and go right to the last ones. (We're still tracking down the official source on that, though it seems to be legit). This makes loot choices interesting.
  • Fact #21: Professions & Garrisons This one comes from a tip in the comments section, thank you! Once you learn the scroll that takes your crafting profession cap to 700 (you get 1 from a quest on your faction's initial zone and if you have more than 1 crafting profession or change professions you can get them from a quest item dropped by mobs) you will be able to purchase your profession's crafting recipes from a vendor in Ashran (On your faction's hub). These recipes are purchased with a special currency appropriate to each crafting profession and you can get them from a daily cooldown (like "Secret of Draenor Blacksmithing").While having a small garrison building that matches your professions will give you access to more cooldown-based ingredients (like "Truesteel Ingot" for blacksmiths) and ease of access to the professions recipe vendor within your garrison, you can still learn all the recipes and craft all the items if you build different garrison buildings or if you don't use your garrison at all.Having a small garrison building for a profession you do not have will give you access to work orders to make that professions crafting materials and to most of the Draenor items crafted by that profession, depending on the level of your building. However, the best items each profession can craft are still restricted to heroes with the corresponding professions (like items to improve weapons and armors or the best enchants)
  • Fact #22: Skipping Bosses in WoD There are several bosses you can skip and still kill the end boss. After killing the end boss, if you want to go back and kill the ones you skipped, you can. (source)
  • Fact #23: No gate for Mythic You will not need to clear Heroic in order to run mythic raids on WoD. (source)
  • Fact #24: Ordos Ordos will continue to require a legendary cloak to access. Thanks to our comment section for catching this for me!
  • Fact #25: Loot based lockouts Patch 6.0.2 launched a different boss/raid lockout system. Instead of locking you out because you already killed a boss, you can now enter and help your friends kill any boss they want (regardless of if you've already killed it). Instead, the lockout is loot-based: you can kill any boss again (and again) in the same week, you just won't get loot from it.
  • Fact #26: Hallows End: Upgraded Loot! Hallows End drops have been upgraded to iLevel 540. There are new pets. AND... you can get a Lich King costume (for Tricky Treats from a vendor), that has 50 charges.
  • Fact #27: Garrison mission spreadsheet A huge thanks to @Elvinelol for putting together this spreadsheet. It details required level & item levels, duration, if it's rare, and more.
  • Fact #28:Garrison Build Order Guide A post by Denizly from MMO-C is a really excellent guide for Garrisons, including suggested build orders based on your play style. For example, the guide outlines the best build order for leveling up, raiding, gold making and altoholics. And there's also a garrison guide for pet collectors over at
  • Fact #29: Garrison followers: Bodyguards Some of your followers can be bodyguards - they follow you into battle (not instances though) and help you fight. As you gain reputation with them, they get stronger and get more abilities (like CC). And level 3 gives them special perks, like opening a portal to your garrison no matter where you are, or giving you access to mission table from anywhere, or even REPAIRS! ( post)
  • Fact #30: Normal & Heroic raids scale to 30 in WoD Remember, Normal is the new Flex, and Heroic is the new normal!RaidscalingConverge
  • Fact  # 31: Garrosh Heirlooms They will scale as you level up from 90 to 100, ending at item Level 620. And note, all versions (LFR, Normal, etc) converge at level 620 (thanks to @lumpythegnome for the tip!)garroshheirlooms
  • Fact #32: Dungeons There will be 8 dungeons on launch. 4 are tuned to various levels between 90 and 99. The other 4 are tuned for level 100. To queue for heroic difficulty of dungeons in the group finder, you will need a silver medal from the Proving Grounds.
  • Fact #33: Guild leveling is gone & perks changed Courtesy of @Medros from AllThingsAzeroth Patch 6.0.2 removed the guild levelling system, and all guilds will essentially be the equivalent of a level 25 guild. Regarding perks we have now, some will be going away including the very profitable cash flow, as it was being abused by some people, and others will be built into the game, such as Flight path taxis just inherently moving 25% faster instead of requiring "Ride Like the Wind"; and Honor rewards and item costs can be balanced as if you had "Honorable Mention". The perks that will remain, and be automatic upon the guild's creation, are Mount Up, Hasty Hearth, Mobile Banking, The Quick and the Dead, Guild Mail, Mass Resurrection.
  • Fact #34: Apexis crystals ApexisVendorThe popular comparison is that "Apexis Crystals are the new Valor."  You can buy gear with them, as well as bonus rolls (more on that soon), and a few other misc things. - iLevel 630 gear costs 3,000-5000 crystals (depending on slot) (same iLevel as heroic dungeons) - iLevel 645 costs an additional 9000-11500 plus a turnin of the 630 item (slightly better than LFR Highmaul, which is iLEvel 640) - iLevel 655 costs and additional 14,500 - 20,000 plus a turnin of the 645 item (same iLevel as Normal (old Flex difficulty) Highmaul) How fast do you get them? You can choose between 1 of 2 Garrison daily quests: one gives 800 apexis crystals, another quest (group or pvp) gives 1000 crystals. There are other sources that drop much less (like rare spawns, at about 30 or less). Watch Asmongold's video on Apexis Crystals.
  • Fact #35: Banks & Crafting When 6.0.2 hits, you will be able to visit your bank and unlock a BankReagentTabSizespecial reagent storage area. This allows you to access your crafting materials from anywhere, so you can craft on the go! - Costs 100 gold to unlock the reagent bank (pic) - There's a handy button to to deposit all reagents! - It has 98 slots (14x7) (pic)
  • Fact #36: Upper Blackrock Spire When 6.0.2 hits, for a limited time, you will be able to run a redesigned UBRS appropriate for level 90 characters. And it drops level 550 gear.
  • Fact #37: Reforged Gear All gear will be reverted to its pre-reforged state once 6.0.2 hits. That means reforges will be reset. And in case anyone has been completely out of the news, reforging is gone! (video from vittoriya)
  • Fact #38: Flying Mounts There is no flying in WoD. All flying mounts can be used on the ground where flying isn't allowed.
  • Fact #39: Bonus Rolls The new bonus roll currency is "Seal of Tempered Fate." You can get 3 a week and they can be obtained 4 different ways. However there's a catch: each way you obtain it gets more expensive on the 2nd and 3rd 'purchase' for that week. For example, you can buy them with gold. 500 gold for the first purchase, 1,000 for the second, and 2,000 for the third. So the optimal way to obtain them is 1 of each currency each week. -Gold -Honor -Apexis Crystals -Garrison resources (although, these are precious early on and you might not want to use them) Thanks to asmongold for his youtube video on this subject.
  • Fact #40: Resurrection charges From the patch notes: "Upon engaging a boss, all combat resurrection spells will have their cooldowns reset and begin with 1 charge. Charges will accumulate at a rate of 1 per (90/RaidSize) minutes." This will affect those last minute rezzes you might want right before enrage timers. If anyone knows WoD enrage timers, leave a comment. I'll add them to this fact and give you a shout out! Below is a list of how often you accumulate a rez charge: 10 players: 9 minutes 11 players: 8:11 minutes 12 players: 7:30 minutes 13 players: 6:55 minutes 14 players: 6:26 minutes 15 players: 6 minutes 16 players: 5:38 minutes 17 players: 5:18 minutes 18 players: 5 minutes 19 players: 4:44 minutes 20 players: 4:30 minutes 21 players: 4:17 minutes 22 players: 4:05 minutes 23 players: 3:55 minutes 24 players: 3:45 minutes 25 players: 3:36 minutes
  • Fact #41: Enchants You can only enchant 4 slots for WoD gear: rings, neck, cloak and weapons. Weapon enchant appearances can be changed (cosmetic) - a nice option for those of us who like to transmog and have a cool look :) Old MoP enchants can't be applied to gear above iLevel 600.
  • Fact #42: Crafted Gear The upgrade-able crafted gear that you can get in WoD has a unique-equip constraint: you can only have 3 of those crafted items on at a time. And this spans across professions. Here's an example of one of those items (and its upgrades): Truesteel Helm starts at 640 and upgrade to 655 and 665. Note the tooltip that says "Unique-Equipped: Warlords Crafted (3)." We verified this in game, thanks to @TheOneOnDruryLane, a developer on the TradeSkillMaster addon.
  • Fact #43: PERKS! As you level up from 92-98 you get a new thing called, Perks. They modify existing abilities (they aren't new abilities). They are different for each class specialization, and you get one at level 92, 94, 96, and 98. However, the one you actually get at each level is randomized. For a list of perks, choose the perk tab at the bottom right section of this WoWhead guide.
  • Fact #44: Inventory The default UI will allow you to sort your bags, and will color code items based on quality (epic items have a purple border, for example).
  • Fact #45: Garrisons & crafted gear Several garrison buildings will be able to craft both the rare and epic quality gear that professions can craft (see fact #47). They will not be able to craft the things you need (like Greater Truesteel essense) to upgrade them, however.
  • Fact #46: Cooking Cooking has changed a bit. The number of servings you get from food & feasts increases with your cooking skill.
  • Fact #47: Crafted gear Each profession that can make gear, can make upgrade-able BoE items that are as good at Normal Mode iLevels for both Highmaul and Blackrock Foundry.  Recall WoD normal mode is the same as MoP Flex mode. An example item, the Steelforged Dagger starts at level 630 and can be upgraded to 645 and 655. And epic craftable items like Truesteel Helm start at 640 and upgrade to 655 and 665 by using Truesteel Essence and Greater TrueSteel Essence.
  • Fact #48: Gear enchancements Gems, enchants, food, etc all affect secondary stats only (not primary). With 1 exception: flasks will give you +200 / +250 (normal, greater) to a primary stat.
  • Fact #49: Item levels Highmaul is the first raid, followed by Blackrock Foundry. Item levels on gear from those raids are below. Thanks to @Elvinelol and his twitch stream for this info! Highmaul | Blackrock Foundry LFR - 640 | 650 Normal - 655 | 665 Heroic - 670 | 680 Mythic - 685 | 695
  • Fact #50: Hit & Expertise All Hit & Expertise will be gone with Patch 6.0.2. Hit is replaced with Crit and Expertise is replaced with Haste. For example, Rigid River's Heart is now +20 Crit (instead of +20 Hit).

Have a lesser-known fact you want to share? Leave it in the comment and if I use it, I'll give you credit :)

Warlords of Draenor & Mr. Robot

Now that reforging is going away, what will Mr. Robot be up to?! For Warlords of Draenor, we will still optimize your gems and enchants for you, as always, but our main focus will shift to gear suggestions (what items to get) and player skill improvement.

Gear Suggestions:

Mr. Robot already helps you find gear with upgrade lists, bonus roll calculations, raid gear lookups, Best in Bags, and so on. And with the removal of reforging, picking the right gear will be even more important since you can't change the stats. So we're dedicated to helping you find the right gear for your characters, when you need it.

  • Leveling up: we'll be able to find the fastest ways for you to upgrade gear. Which dungeons, quests, vendors or rep grinds will help you the most (new feature!)
  • Bag full of items: You know how it goes when an expansion launches... you end up with a bag full of gear and don't know which items are best. That's where our "Best in Bags" feature will really come in handy. This has been one of the most popular features on our site throughout Mists of Pandaria, and we have several planned improvements for it with Warlords of Draenor.
  • iLevels & raid ready: Getting to the minimum raid iLevel is a mini-game in itself! We have a new feature planned for WoD that will tell you the fastest & easiest ways to get to your target iLevel.
  • Raid min-maxing: Our current tools to help you improve raiding gear are here to stay, and we'll be adding in some new features. We also plan to use combat log data to help you identify the best gear for your character, for each situation.
  • Wish lists: Another new feature for WoD are wish lists. The idea is to notify you in-game when a boss drops an item from your wish list, prompting you to roll, bonus roll, or spend your DKP.

Combat logs & Data Analysis

Mr. Robot is really good at complicated math and programming. As proof of that, he's managed to write an algorithm that finds you the single best optimization solution, out of quadrillions of relevant combinations. And he does this in less than 1/10th of a second, on average. It's one of his proudest accomplishments. For Warlords of Draenor, Mr. Robot is applying his math skillz to combat analysis to provide actionable advice, something that's been missing from the WoW tools community. To make this happen, we're developing the tool in 3 phases:

  1. Combat log parsing: This is what you're familiar with from other combat logs sites - we parse through data and display it in some tables and graphs. We raised the bar a bit and cleaned up a lot of the data, categorized buffs, and relabeled abilities for easy identification (like the mastery procs for many classes). This is all currently live and can be tested out on
  2. Combat log analysis: We analyze each fight FOR you - instead of you digging through tables and data for 15 or 30 minutes, we want to summarize the important information for you. This is no easy feat, but we're good at the hard stuff. We're currently working on these algorithms behind the scenes (they aren't live yet).
  3. Statistical analysis: There's a lot of logs and a lot of data. No one has aggregated all of this rich data and presented the community with useful, actionable info. We have grand plans for this and we're collecting all of that data from logs you're uploading right now! As we collect enough, we'll have some pretty cool stats to share.

To take our combat logs for a spin, head over to If you're looking for some quick how-to's or FAQs, go to this blog post.