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Weight It Out!

It's that time of year again, when we update stat weights for the patch. And we have something new to add, that I'm very excited about!

As some of you know, we have a pretty rigorous, programmatic way to make them: we wrote a program that interfaces with our own code and the SimC program. We run a ton of sims to get weights, put those into our site (programmatically), take the gear suggestion, put that back into SimC, run it again... and so on (loop). We look at both single and multi-target fights, various gear levels, with and without set bonuses, and the list goes on. This process uses the default spell rotations that each SimC class moderator enters. The program runs anywhere from 4-12 hours per class (and we do this several times). In fact, my computer is a bit laggy because it's still running some of the simulations as I type ;)

As far as a programmatic way to get weights, this is pretty rock solid. But we all know that humans can do some creative, smart things when they get involved. Maybe it's changing up the spell rotation, assessing single vs multi-target fights, or maybe there's magic involved, who knows! All I know is we have a lot of really smart theorycrafters out there, and Mr. Robot wants to help bring the results of their human brain power to as many people as possible.

We'll be adding in theorycrafter stat weight presets with this patch. For example, If TheoryJane has awesome mage stat weights, we'll put them in the stat weight preset menu as "TheoryJane's Mage Weights." We like to include little descriptions too, that explain why the stats have been chosen that way.

Here's a Google spreadsheet where you can submit your stat weights (or your favorite theorycrafter's stat weights). I'm also looking for a handful of people to help maintain it and keep it up to date. Since there are only 3 humans working on Mr. Robot, we have our hands full. I don't want to let the stat weights fall behind, so I'm offering some free AMR premium accounts and maybe a Tshirt or two as rewards. If you are interested, leave a comment :)

 

Patch 6.2 Mega Gear Summary

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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.

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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

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). Some sources don't mention the 640 iLevel, so I don't know if that's changed.

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.

Garrison missions & raid gear rewards:

In a recent interview, Ion Hazzikostas (Lead Game Designer) said in regards to gear-missions, "Garrisons over-rewarded you and we're trying to shift the balance back to a more sane place." (watch this part in the video).

I haven't seen any clarification on what will happen to HFC raid missions in 6.2 or down the road. According to current item data, there is 1 mission per difficulty that rewards loot. All Fel Breaks LooseTo Fel and BackHotter than Fel, War is Fel.

 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.

Best in Bags: Just Got Better

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Best in Bags: Our most popular feature just got better

  • Update June, 2015: We added even more in-game support for Best in Bags!
  • Get the in-game mod on Curse!
  • Mr. Robot will find the best set from items in your bags. It's similar to a BiS list... so we call it BiB (Best in Bags).
  • This is very handy for offspecs and alts!

Video Tutorial

Upgrade to premium for just $1 a month!

That's right, Mr. Robot's gnome-powered number crunching is available for just $1 a month. We keep the price as affordable as possible so you can spend more time playing the game instead of playing in spreadsheets. Mr. Robot generously passes the money along to his 3 human helpers, who spend it mostly on video games and food.

One price, $1 a month, or ALL of the premium features!

  • Best in Bags (#1 most loved premium feature)
  • Bonus Roll helper
  • Team Optimizer (better loot decision = better team progression)
  • Upgrade finder
  • No ads

Can't wait? Upgrade now!

(FYI: Optimizing and all Combat Log features are free)

How to get started:

1. Open the Ask Mr. Robot addon in game. (Don't have it? Get it from Curse). To do that click on the Ask Mr. Robot minimap icon, or type /amr show in the chat window.
2. Open your bank and bags so the addon can scan the inventory.
3. Go to the Export tab and copy the text in the box. CTRL + C to copy in game, or Apple + C on a mac. SS_Addon_ExportTab

4. RETURN TO THE WEBSITE! Click the big green arrow above your character, and select the "Best in Bags" option in the upper left.

MainMenuArrow

 

BiBMenu

5. Paste the text in the box that appears. Click the green "Import Now" button right below the box. On repeat visits, you can choose to view a previous import if nothing has changed since your last import.

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6. Choose your main spec. On repeat visits, Mr. Robot will remember your choice.

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7. After you choose a spec, you can click the next button at the top. Take notice of the 'progress bar' at the top - you can use this to move between different steps.

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8. View your results!!!
You can also export these results to the addon, click the blue "Export to Addon" button found in the "Now What?" Section. Or if you want to look at your offspec, click the green "Next" button toward the top of the section.

nowwhat

9. Sending the data to the addon!
Click the blue "Export to Addon" button you see in the picture above (on the website). Copy the text in the box. Then go IN-GAME and open our ADDON. This time, go to the "Gear" tab. Click the orange Import button.

SS_GearImport

10. Paste the text in the window that pops up. And get your results!

SS_BiBResults

Fancy Extras:

IN-GAME FEATURE: Mr. Robot will equip all of the gear for you. Just click the green "Activate spec and Equip Gear" button.

SS_EquipGear

IN-GAME FEATURE: Shopping list for main and alts: You can click the blue "Show Shopping List" button to get a list of materials for any (or all) of your characters that you've run Best-in-Bags for. It doesn't matter what character you are on, we will show them all :)

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WEBSITE FEATURE: You can click on any item to bring up a gear list of only items you own for each slot.

BiBItems

 

 

 

Best in Bags

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Best in Bags: Our most popular feature just got better

  • Update June, 2015: We added even more in-game support for Best in Bags!
  • Get the in-game mod on Curse!
  • Mr. Robot will find the best set from items in your bags. It's similar to a BiS list... so we call it BiB (Best in Bags).
  • This is very handy for offspecs and alts!

Video Tutorial

Upgrade to premium for just $1 a month!

That's right, Mr. Robot's gnome-powered number crunching is available for just $1 a month. We keep the price as affordable as possible so you can spend more time playing the game instead of playing in spreadsheets. Mr. Robot generously passes the money along to his 3 human helpers, who spend it mostly on video games and food.

One price, $1 a month, or ALL of the premium features!

  • Best in Bags (#1 most loved premium feature)
  • Bonus Roll helper
  • Team Optimizer (better loot decision = better team progression)
  • Upgrade finder
  • No ads

Can't wait? Upgrade now!

(FYI: Optimizing and all Combat Log features are free)

How to get started:

1. Open the Ask Mr. Robot addon in game. (Don't have it? Get it from Curse). To do that click on the Ask Mr. Robot minimap icon, or type /amr show in the chat window.
2. Open your bank and bags so the addon can scan the inventory.
3. Go to the Export tab and copy the text in the box. CTRL + C to copy in game, or Apple + C on a mac. SS_Addon_ExportTab

4. RETURN TO THE WEBSITE! Click the big green arrow above your character, and select the "Best in Bags" option in the upper left.

MainMenuArrow

 

BiBMenu

5. Paste the text in the box that appears. Click the green "Import Now" button right below the box. On repeat visits, you can choose to view a previous import if nothing has changed since your last import.

pastetext

6. Choose your main spec. On repeat visits, Mr. Robot will remember your choice.

choosespec1

7. After you choose a spec, you can click the next button at the top. Take notice of the 'progress bar' at the top - you can use this to move between different steps.

NavBar

8. View your results!!!
You can also export these results to the addon, click the blue "Export to Addon" button found in the "Now What?" Section. Or if you want to look at your offspec, click the green "Next" button toward the top of the section.

nowwhat

9. Sending the data to the addon!
Click the blue "Export to Addon" button you see in the picture above (on the website). Copy the text in the box. Then go IN-GAME and open our ADDON. This time, go to the "Gear" tab. Click the orange Import button.

SS_GearImport

10. Paste the text in the window that pops up. And get your results!

SS_BiBResults

Fancy Extras:

IN-GAME FEATURE: Mr. Robot will equip all of the gear for you. Just click the green "Activate spec and Equip Gear" button.

SS_EquipGear

IN-GAME FEATURE: Shopping list for main and alts: You can click the blue "Show Shopping List" button to get a list of materials for any (or all) of your characters that you've run Best-in-Bags for. It doesn't matter what character you are on, we will show them all :)

SS_ShoppingList

WEBSITE FEATURE: You can click on any item to bring up a gear list of only items you own for each slot.

BiBItems

 

 

 

Team Optimizer Testing: In-Game Looting

We've been working on adding in-game support to team looting. Our team tested it last night and it's awesome. I'm opening it up for testing today and tomorrow before we release it to the public. If you're interested, you can get the addon at the end of this post.

What it is:

It shows you how big of an upgrade the item is for each person on your team. Let's everyone choose need, offspec, greed, and pass. It auto-rolls for everyone and let's you assign loot or even DE it.

Lootz

Rules:

  • Your entire team needs to install the ultra-alpha version of our addon (I will give you this file to share). If 1 or 2 people don't have it, that's ok, but it's more fun when everyone has it.
  • I need feedback!
  • Video / Audio recording: it would be ideal if you could record the looting process via video so I can see (and hear) how it worked out.

 For people who want to test it out:

  • Disable original AMR addon: Ideally, anyone who installs this version should disable the regular version (if they have it). That way, if bugs occur, we can rule out any interference with the other version of the addon.
  • Reinitialize Best in Bags: If you use Best in Bags (which has been improved a wee bit). You must 're-initialize' it because it's a new addon (rather than an updated version of the original... that's what you get when testing, ha). To do this, in game, with the addon installed:  activate each of your specs at least once. Open your bags and bank once for 5 seconds or so. Then you can export BiB.
  • Turn auto-logging back on: since this is a new addon, you might have to redo settings, including turning auto-logging back on.
  • Team Optimzer: follow the instructions on the addon's team optimizer tab. Let me know if anything is confusing.
  • Feedback & Bug Reports: please post any feedback and bugs on our forums.

Get the addon here.

Oregorger Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they're doing. Earlier we took a look at Gruul. Today we're looking at Oregorger! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here's the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Is dying a lot getting your team down? We're bringing you some hope - it's hard for a LOT of teams, not just yours. It looks like teams who kill Gruul need about 5-7 more iLevels before they have the same success rate on Oregorger. For example, to have a 90% wipe rate or less, teams on Gruul had 655N / 671H. But to have a 90% wipe rate or less on Oregorger, teams had an iLevel of 665N / 677H. This doesn't mean it's impossible, just a bit harder.

Oregorger_WipeGraph

WipeRate_NvH

About our Infographics.

Rolling Phase

You're trying to end this phase fast, but do you know how well you stack up? Do you have to kill it faster or are you already doing well? The infographics will tell you. For example, my team had an average of 16 Hunger Drive stacks. Under the Hunger Drive section, you can also see who did the most damage to the ore crates.

HungerDrive

The Avoidable Damage section will show you how well your team did at not getting rolled over. Me (Zoopercat), I am personally terrible at it. I'll work on it, I promise!

RollingFury

Acid Torrent

Were your tanks doing a good job of mitigating Acid Torrent? I know our first few wipes consisted of everyone giving an opinion of how acid torrent worked! For those of you still struggling: acid torrent targets a player, and the boss turns to spray a cone of damage in the direction of that person. It does a lot of damage to the first person it hits, so your tank wants to run in front of it. And the damage dealt to the group of players in the cone is reduced based on the amount of damage your tank mitigated. Our tanks were working on it, mitigating about 2/3rds of them on average.

AcidTorrent

Want infographics for your own raid?

There's even more data for Oregorger, I just have a quick overview. The infographics are fun. And they're FREE. Uploading is easy.

Gruul Stats Guide

For the first time ever, raiders can now get aggregated stats on raids to find out how they're doing. Let's start with Gruul! The data is relatively new, so it will even out as more data comes in, but here's the first look at how people performed.

Wipe Rate by iLevel

Think you're wiping a lot and your team is bad? That might not be the case - there are high wipe rates across the board. Click to make it bigger, so you don't strain your human optical input devices. The wipe rate is the % of attempts that ended in a wipe. So if there were 1000 attempts at level 659 and 200 were kills, that would leave 800 wipes, or an 80% wipe rate.

The wipe rate for Oregorger is quite a bit higher at each iLevel.

Gruul_WipeRate_Feb5

About our Infographics.

How many Shatters hit your friends?

Continue reading

Purposeful Wipe: They don’t have to count against you!

Blackrock Foundry is here, and what does that mean?
A LOT OF WIPES!

And now that we have our fancy infographics, I know you don't want purposeful deaths to count against you, right? Not a problem!

Our addon has a wipe command. You can press the button in the addon, or the more popular approach, macro /amr wipe to a button :)  In the off chance you called a wipe too early, you can 'unwipe' the raid so damage is still counted. Yes it backtracks. No, it won't rez your whole raid :(

If you want to be SUPER fancy, you can macro the wipe command to a raid warning too (so it announces it to the raid). You need to be a raid leader or assist for the raid warning to show up.

Raid Wipe Macro:

/amr wipe
/rw Wipe! (or whatever you want this to say)

Get the right tools for Raid Logging:

Our addon - this records gear, talents and glyphs for EACH pull for everyone who has the addon in your raid. That way, when looking through the logs, you can see exactly what everyone had equipped. It also has the wipe command and auto-logging options.

Our desktop application - This lets you upload fights to our site and collects the gear data from the addon file.

Blackrock Foundry Infographics

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Upload your logs today!

We have a fresh way of helping you kill bosses better! Combat Infographics

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.

Here's a quick video about our infographics:

We're making data available to us raiders that we've never had before. It puts everything in context - you think you are doing awesome or less-than-awesome on different mechanics... but do you REALLY know what's good or not? Now you will! We aggregate a lot of data and bring it to life in the infographics.

We also tie in gear information, a unique feature we offer for all of our combat log data and infographics.It's a pretty handy metric when comparing how you are performing. And long that note, we a history of your logs for nearly forever (for free), so you can see how you're progressing over time :)

Cory Stockton, Lead Game Designer at Blizzard
Cory Stockton, Lead Game Designer at Blizzard

 

GRUUL: How'd you do?

We ran Heroic Gruul Tuesday night. Our raid team has an average item level of 666 (spoooky!) and apparently 97% of all attempts end in wipes at that level. So our 22 wipes to kill the boss - turns out to be not so bad ;)

Our team did decent on Shattered: We got 35% extra shatter hits from people standing too close. The median is 62% right now.

But we did really, really bad on avoidable damage while learning the fight. Honestly, we're learning a fight, and so was everyone else raiding in warcraft Tuesday night. So I thought our avoidable damage would have been average-ish. NOPE! 14% of our damage taken was avoidable, compared to less than 1% for the top performing teams. And for me.. (Zoopercat)... I was at the top of the damage taken charts for Overhead Smash and Cave In.

We all focused on cleaning up our avoidable damage, and look what happened on our kill! We reduced it down to 2% of all damage taken was avoidable. AND I didn't get hit by any of it!

We also greatly improved our healing from the wipes to the kill. For example, I (Zoopercat) had almost 32k HPS on the kill but averaged only 20k HPS across all attempts.

Did you upload your logs yet? Once you do, you'll get infographics for Gruul and Oregorger. More bosses will be live each day this week.

OREGORGER: How'd you do?

I wasn't able to get to Heroic Oregorger Tuesday night, but I did do Normal. At our team's iLevel, 86% of all attempts end in wipes.

I remember getting rolled over by Oregorger a lot, and honestly I thought I did worse than the report tells me. Our team as a whole did decent on avoidable damage, where 27% of all damage taken was avoidable, a score of 8.3 out of 10.

There's lots of fun data, check out your own logs :)

Want even more data?

You can click the 'data' tab at the top to get to more informaiton. And for those of you who LIKE digging through it (and don't fall asleep like I do), we have all of the data you could ever want. Here's a quick video tutorial on that data.

 

Combat Infographics

BrackenSpore_IconWhen you look through combat logs, does it feel like a time-sinking, soul-draining scavenger hunt for a magical piece of data? Or maybe you fell asleep looking at the data and relied on your raid team's 'combat log guy' to sift through the data and fill you in.

And in the next raid, when your team wipes, what happens? Are people getting yelled at, blamed for messing up mechanics or not doing enough DPS/Healing?

Mr. Robot is here to give you a big hug and send rainbows shooting out of your computer screen. He wants to make post-combat information fun. He wants to give you the context you haven't had before. He wants to help you kill more bosses.

Even several Blizzard people are excited for the tool :)

Cory Stockton, Lead Game Designer at Blizzard

Cory Stockton, Lead Game Designer at Blizzard

Russ Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at Blizzard

Russ Petersen, rewards system designer (items) at Blizzard

Check it out on one of my own logs! Click on any boss for the infographics. It will work on any logs uploaded Thursday night (Jan 29) or later :)

Is that mechanic really the cause of your raid wipes?

You know that mechanic you THINK you're wiping on? Like that fire on Twin Ogron... and then people are called out, everyone feels bad, the mood deteriorates, and then the loot gods punish you with gold on your bonus rolls (they are all-knowing!). Do you REALLY know if that's the cause of the wipes?

You will now! Mr. Robot's infographics tell you how well other teams, who have killed the boss, did on each mechanic. (In our raids, it actually was a problem, and we scored bad on it)

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Are you really taking too much avoidable damage?

Every team struggles with avoidable damage, and your healers would love you more if you took LESS damage (and less of their precious, precious mana). Their love has conditions, you know! But how do you know what's an acceptable level of avoidable damage? Surely they don't expect you to get to ZERO!

Mr. Robot's infographics show you how much avoidable damage each raider took, and how that compares to teams who've killed the boss. This finds a nice baseline, and average, of acceptable avoidable damage for each encounter.

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Are you killing adds fast enough?

You want to kill the Brackenspore adds fast, but what is... "fast" ?! It isn't really defined, is it.
Until NOW!
Mr. Robot collects data from all successful kills and tells you what fast really is :)

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Want even more data?

Each section has links to bring you to more data. And for those of you who LIKE digging through it (and don't fall asleep like I do), we have all of the data you could ever want. Here's a quick video tutorial on that data.

Upload your logs!

New to logging? We have a little guide on uploading logs to get you started.

  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 check a box to auto-log raids if you want. No need to do ANYTHING else with the addon, other than have it installed.
  3. Upload your logs with the desktop application.
    (Start an upload / Fight selection & gear data step)
  4. 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.