It's that time of the expansion where you know most of the boss fights pretty well. And you spend your time trying to get that perfect set of gear and maximizing your damage (or healing or tanking) output.
And what's the best way to get better at your class? For me, I like to find someone who's better than me and see what they are doing differently. This used to be quite hard to do well... you'd go to the top ranked player list, click on someone and see what they were doing. But what if they have the 4pc set bonus, an overpowered trinket, or the legendary ring? OR maybve they might have different talent choices than you to synergize with their gear. Or maybe they killed the boss in only 3 minutes and your team takes 5. You've been there... it's hard to get a good comparison like that.
Optimized Compare Tool
So we solved this problem with a super comprehensive comparison tool earlier this year. I've been using it a lot lately! Here's a few key things Mr. Robot does for you:
- Finds you players to compare to, automatically (or a specific log if you want that too!)
- Finds fights with a similar length AND normalizes the data (more on that later)
- Finds players with similar gear iLevels AND same set bonuses, legendary progress, and trinket levels.
- Compares gear, talents, glyphs and stats for you
Finding the Right Player
Go to one of your logs and select the character you want to help improve. Then click the "Comparison" tab to start up Mr. Robot's player-improvement algorithm. Remember, he will try to find players with similar item levels, same set bonuses, same tier of trinkets, and a similar fight length.
Comparing Differences & Normalization
Once Mr. Robot helps you find the right player to compare you to, he'll show you all of the differences is a super-handy, side-by-side comparison. AND he normalizes the data for you.
What exactly IS normalization? Well, let's say your fight is 240 seconds long (4 minutes). And the player you are comparing to killed the boss in 4:24 (264 seconds). Their fight was 10% longer, so they would be able to use 10% more of each ability (roughly speaking). Mr. Robot normalizes the fight length differences for you in the "Delta" column so that it's a fair comparison.
Compare Gear, Talents, Glyphs, and Stats
Maybe someone is doing more damage because they chose different talents? Maybe they are favoring Mastery instead of Haste. Find that out in the gear comparison view. And be sure to have Mr. Robot's addon installed so your raid leader (or whoever is logging) can collect the exact gear, talents, and glyphs you have at the start of every pull! You don't have to be the one logging, you just need the addon installed and the logger's addon will do the rest.