Category Archives: WoW

Jan 12 Hotfixes: Class Tuning and 10% Haste Buff

Blizzard did a bunch of class tuning and buffed haste across the board (by 10%).  And that will all be live when the servers come up today (Jan 13). A LOT has changed. So stat weights will definitely be affected. We’re working on updating the weights, so stay tuned.

In the meantime, you can change your weights manually if you know what you want them to be. Click on the ‘edit weights’ button.

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You can also share or import weights, right from the stat weight editor:

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Just copy (or paste) from this section!

 

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Join Mr. Robot’s Raid Team!

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Mr. Robot asked me to find some fun humans to join his (6/7) heroic horde raid team.We’ll be working on Heroic BRF when it comes out, then jump into Mythic as soon as possible.

The casual-hardcore mythic-bound raid team

We’re a ‘hardcore-casual’ raid team. “WHAT?!” you ask? We only raid 2 days a week, but we’re very efficient with our raid times… fast wipe recovery, quality attempts, etc. And while members try to make it to every raid, real life happens… work meetings, anniversary dinners, beer pong. And that’s ok, that’s why we want a larger roster. So don’t shy away from this opportunity because you think “Mr. Robot must be a crazy hardcore raider, no way I could keep up.” Because that isn’t us, we are busy outside of Warcraft too! But at the same time, we want someone skilled enough, and geared enough to jump right into our heroic progression. Oh, and have some fun too!

Speaking of Fun!

Maybe I’m biased, but our raids are fun. We don’t yell, we don’t get snippy… it’s a game and everyone is here to have fun. Let’s take a recent example of how we handle ‘problems’ in our raid.

The other night on Margok, the mines were a problem. Our trusty hunter always called out to move left as a group when the mines spawned. She also called out to watch your backs for knockbacks. For the first 3-4 attempts, every mine was blown up shortly after being placed. Then our raid leader had an epiphany: “Obviously, they don’t look like mines. Let’s call them arcane death traps. Stay out of the arcane death traps and we’ll be good.”  After that, our hunter told everyone to move out of arcane death traps as they spawned, and mines death traps were no longer a problem… in fact, not a SINGLE ONE was detonated :)

We like to think that’s a much more fun approach than yelling at people. But we do expect people to pay attention and learn, so time isn’t wasted.

The 25-man Roster

We want a full 25 man team so that when we get to Mythic, we have the right people for the job. WE don’t want to have a 30 man team, because too many people would sit out. Once we get to mythic, we’ll rotate people in and out, assuming everyone is amazing. And if some people aren’t performing well enough, we’ll work with you to get up to par so you aren’t benched.

Who are we recruiting? DPS!

  • We are full on tanks and healers, but have a couple DPS spots open.
  • iLevel 650 (roughly)
  • We want one plate, mail, leather and cloth DPSer. No more warriors (sorry!)

When & where do we raid?

Mondays from 8 pm – 11pm CST (server time) / 6pm – 9pm PST
Tuesdays from 8 pm – 11pm CST (server time) / 6pm – 9pm PST

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Here’s a link to our logs (look for the “Team Robot” label on the right).

Other perks:

Members of our raid team get a first look at all of our upcoming features for AskMrRobot.com. You are the guinea pigs first to test them out, even before alpha testers! And you can also influence feature decisions, since we all hang out on Mumble together during the raids, you have a captive audience with Mr. Robot’s developer (and me!).

How to apply:

Leave a comment with information about yourself and a link to your character. If you have a link to combat logs, that would also be very helpful. We want to make sure we pick the right people in case a server transfer is required.

We will be bringing applicants in for trials starting next week Monday and Tuesday.

 

Mr. Robot’s ADDON & Combat Logs

Why should you install Mr. Robot’s addon for Highmaul and upload logs? Because… COOL STUFF! Once we collect enough data from you and other smart, talented, beautiful players like you, Mr. Robot can do a LOT! Besides just buttering you up with compliments, he can tell you…

For each player:

  • Talents: The popularity of talents & glyphs from players in the 95% percentile for each boss. This helps you decide if you should talent switch for another boss.
  • Damage & gear: When looking at different gear sets, Mr. Robot can tell you what players in the 95th and 50th percentile are doing for DPS (for each boss!). So you can see what the best (and average) players are doing with various levels of gear.
  • Performance over time: For each boss, we can graph your performance over time (on successful kills).

For your team:

  • iLevel: We are tracking the average item level of each team and can tell you fun things with that. My favorite: what is the average iLevel of the worst 5% for each boss kill? These are the people barely scraping by, probably everyone but a hunter died who got the killing blow :)  Anyway, this will give you the ‘gear check’ level of a boss, so you know where your team stands.
  • Team Composition: We can tell you if teams with extra shamans tend to have higher kill ratios, as an example.
  • DPS & HPS: We can correlate damage and healing to successful boss kills, so you can see how your team compares.
  • And more!

Log comparisons

We will be able to find people just like you, who perform a bit better, and help you compare the logs. Instead of looking at the top 1% who have gear 30 iLevels higher, look at the top percent of people who have gear just like yours.  AND we will auto-compare a lot of the data for you, so you don’t have to sift through logs.

Get the Addon & Get Started!

On the main menu of our site or on curse. In the addon, check ‘always log Highmaul‘ so you never forget to start or stop! Then upload and browse your logs!

All of these cool features require someone from your team uploading logs, and as many people as possible having the addon. The only way we get accurate gear, talent and glyph data on your character for EACH boss attempt, is if you have the addon installed. You don’t have to be the one logging the raids, just have it installed and enabled. As long as someone from your team is using the addon to log your raids, their addon will talk to your addon (behind the scenes, without disturbing you), and collect your gear, talent and glyph data.

So let’s upload your log!

1. Go to http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog and click “upload a log.”UploadLog

2. If you don’t have the desktop program installed yet, you’ll see a big green install button. Click it! This is what our desktop program looks like.

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3. Process your logs with our desktop program. You’ll see a nifty section that shows you who Mr. Robot collected gear, talent and glyph data for (and who he didn’t). That data is automatically collected for everyone who has our addon installed. They don’t need to do ANYTHING, other than have it installed.

 

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 For people who’s gear was collected, you will get a view like this on the combat logs:

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This is only a preview of the basic parts of the combat logs. The fancy features will be coming as soon as we have enough data.

Warlords of Draenor: Pre-Raid BiS

Mr. Robot is excited to help you find your pre-raid BiS gear! All you have to do is go to the BiS view, then edit the filters. Below is one example of pre-raid filters.

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I’ll go through the filters, starting at the top left, and going down through each of the 4 columns.

  • Target Level: this affects things like the boss debuffs, like crit. Set it to +2 (5-man dungeon)
  • Raid Gear: uncheck both of these options
  • World Bosses: if you’re doing them, check those boxes.
  • Legendary Quest Progress: you can get the 680 ring without ever stepping foot in a raid. So it’s best to get that, pronto!
  • Default Item Enhancements: this tells Mr. Robot if you want him to assume extra gem sockets, etc. Note that starting with 5man heroics, you can start to get extra gem sockets, warforged gear and minor stats.
  • Apexis Crystal Items: check any of the boxes you are ready to afford
  • PvP Threshold: set this to none
  • Crafted Threshold:  You can choose the level of crafted gear you have access to or can afford off the AH. Remember that you can upgrade the gear as well.
  • Mission Gear Threshold: missions start rewarding 615 gear when you (and/or your followers) reach level 100.These rewards can get higher, so as you start seeing those missions, you can adjust this option.
  • BoE gear: These are items you can buy off the AH. It is NOT restricted to items that drop out of Highmaul or Blackrock foundry (it’s just there for item level reference).
  • Thriftiness: up to you!
  • Min / Max Item level: no need to adjust these since the other filters will take care of it. But you can if you’d like.
  • Other Items: The heroic daily dungeon rewards decent gear if you’d like to check that box. The rewards you get are random.

Best in Bags:

As you are trying to get your BiS set ready, remember to use Best in Bags. Since you won’t likely get every piece on your pre-raid BiS before you start raiding, Mr. Robot will help you pick out the best items that you DO have :)

 

 

Blizzcon Art Gallery!

We had over 100 artists donate art for the fan art exhibit at our Blizzcon party. We had about 200 pieces of art on display, and about 3,500 people browsed the exhibit (including a few people from Blizzard!)

And we gave ALL OF THE ART AWAY at the end of the night. Visitors were able to submit a raffle ticket that listed their favorite pieces. Art is personal so we wanted viewers to be able to pick the ones they wanted to win. When winners were being announced, I lost count of the number of people who came up to me, with huuuge smiles, thanking me that they got one of their favorite pieces.

So now it’s my turn to thank all of the artists for making this possible!

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To see a full list of the donated art, visit our deviant art favorites page (note, some of them didn’t have a high enough resolution to print, so about 40 of them didn’t make it into the gallery). If you really like something, take a moment to leave a comment on their deviant art page. Consider it today’s daily quest!

We’re hoping to do it again next year and will be scouting for more art again :)

Here’s some more pictures!

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Art is all packed up in 3 boxes and on the way to the airport.

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The boxes got inspected, but the art was untouched.

Setup took about 3 hours – there was quite a bit of strategy to make the art line up nice, not have too much white space all in one area, and so on. Some serious love went into this :)

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The art took up 3 walls in the room.

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This is what art winners look like :)

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Thanks for stopping by Nite_Moogle :)

Want to participate next year?

  • If you’re an artist, leave a comment, pm me on deviate art (AskMrRobot) or email feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com.
  • If you’re a fan and want to help organize, reach out too!

Best in Bags: Gearing up in Warlords

It happens every expansion: we level up and at some point the quest rewards start to be better than our MoP epic raiding gear. But it’s always hard to tell! Or you’re getting awesome mission rewards, boss loot, and epic upgrades… That’s where Best in Bags is your best friend. Mr. Robot looks at all of the gear you have in your bags and bank and tells you what pieces you should equip. He does this for both your main and offspec, so you know exactly what items to keep (and which ones you can start selling).

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Get the Addon

On our site or on Curse!

 How are YOU using it? Leave a comment and tell us :)

Garrison Guide: everything you need to know in one place

Lots of guides have lots of good info. I compiled all of the basic info to get you started, leaving out all of the extras and big lists, that just clutter your brain. For more info, you can visit the guides I used as references. They are all quite excellent!

Click the image to make it larger. Garrisons1

Premium user update for 6.0.2 and WoD

First, a HUGE thanks for being a premium member. We really hope you’re enjoying the fun features we’ve built over the past couple of years. And we hope you’ll like the new ones we’re launching in Warlords of Draenor. /thanks from Team Robot -Yellowfive (developer of awesome) -Swol (designer and theorycrafter badass) -Zoopercat (social butterfly)

Update: Oct 22

We are working around the clock, fueled by a little extra caffeine, to get the premium features ready. We’re close… so VERY close.

  • Best in Bags: ready on patch day!
  • Upgrade finder: Ready on 10/22: Bonus rolls, burdens of eternity, SoO zone ranked lists, and item upgrades. Ready later tonight (on 10/22): world bosses.
  • Robocouncil: this is getting a huge feature overhaul and will be revamped for Warlords launch or shortly after.

Use Best in Bags on Tuesday!

premium_BiB_lAll of your gear will return to its pre-reforged state. Hit & expertise caps are gone. Stats are squished. Lots has changed. That means much of your equipped gear might not be the best gear anymore, and something hiding in your bags could be better. So your best option to optimize on Tuesday is first run your character through Best in Bags. That will give you a new starting point, and you can equip all of the best gear that you own. After that, feel free to do the regular ol’ optimizing :) Also, if you want to help your non-premium friends, let them know that we will reset everyone’s 1-week free trials on Tuesday. So they can use Best in Bags for the next week :)

In case the Armory doesn’t work for your character:

We have a workaround that uses our addon. Make sure you have the latest version from curse OR our website (in the main drop down menu at the top of the page). Then follow the steps on this guide (some screenshots may be out of date, as we updated the addon, but the idea stays the same). NEW! In the past, our armory workaround only worked if your character already had been loaded on our site, and all it needed was updating. NOW you can load ANY character, whether it’s been loaded on our site in the past, or not.

Coming in Warlords of Draenor

Live Loot Ranking! The basic part of this feature will be free. But we have some awesome sauce to pour on it for premium users. It will let you save a list of gear (like a wish list) and send it to the in-game addon. Then, whenever a boss drops loot on your list, Mr. Robot pops up and lets you know you might want to roll. We’re really excited for this feature and hope to have it out with Warlord’s launch. Combat log analytics The basic part of this feature will also be free. In addition, we’re working on some features that will automatically dig through the data for you and pull out what’s interesting to help you improve – which is the special fancy schmancy stuff you get as a premium user. This feature will come later, after we have enough raid data to start analyzing.

What to DO for 6.0.2!

What should I do about the Hit & Exp gems I have?
You might be tempted to set the stat weights to 0 right now and pre-optimize for 6.0.2. Don’t do that! Hit on gems will be converted to Crit on Tuesday (both in game, and on our site). Expertise will be converted to Haste. On Tuesday, Mr. Robot will take a look at everything and reoptimize you.

What about my reforged gear?
It will be reverted to its pre-reforged state. So some of your items may no longer be that great for you. But we have you covered with “Best in Bags.” (More on that below).

What about my upgraded gear?
You get to keep upgrades on your gear. And you can still upgrade them, they will cost 50 lesser charms instead of valor.

What about my special profession-based enchants, sockets, JC gems, etc?
All profession bonuses are removed. But there are some specifics. If it’s totally extra (like an extra gem socket on wrists and gloves), it’s removed completely. If it’s something everyone else can get and you just get a bonus (like JC gems can be put in sockets, but they just give you more stats), they are ‘nerfed’ down to ‘normal’ levels. For example, you can still craft and use JC gems, they just give the same amount of stats as a regular gem. Mr. Robot will account for ALL of this on Tuesday when the patch goes live.

A Little Brain Power Recommended

While we’ve done our best to test the optimizations, stat weights, best in slot, etc, some things may have slipped through. Our stat weights are our ‘best estimates’ since almost all of the theorycrafting focuses on level 100 stat weights. We estimated level 90, but if you don’t like them, feel free to change them.

Because of all of that, you might want to give the optimizations a quick once-over before making changes. If you have questions OR BUGS (gasp!), post them on forums.askmrrobot.com (you need a separate login for that, I’m sorry, but it’s worth it!)

Any bugs reported on the forums will be top priority. We will be doing updates several times a day to fix bugs.

Best in Bags – Free for a week!

In all honesty, our Best in Bags feature is going to be your best friend on Tuesday. It’s like Best in Slot, but with gear you actually own. So some of those reforged pieces will no longer be good, and another item in your bags might be much better now. Best in Bags will tell you that!

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Normally, Best in Bags is premium ($12 a year). And everyone gets a free one-week trial, but most of you have used that up already. So we are resetting ALL free trials on Tuesday. We know how stressful these gear changes are, and we just want to help. To activate the free trial on Tuesday (or any day after Tuesday), just click the Best in Bags option and it will automatically start. As always, no credit card or personal info is collected for the free trial… because if we’re honest here… that’s just shady (and we don’t like shady!!)

If you want some more info on Best in Bags, jump over to this blog post. It’s going to look out-of-date starting Tuesday with our new UI, but the concepts are the same.

 Podcasters, Bloggers, Theorycrafters, you get free Premium anyway!

Those of you producing content for the WoW community are amazing. Everyone benefits from the hard work you do. As our thanks, we want to continue our tradition of giving you free premium accounts this expansion. To ‘apply,’ please reach out to feedback -at- askmrrobot dotz com, with your AMR user name and a link to your ‘stuff.’  We’ll get you setup :)

Top Things to Know for Patch 6.0.2

Gear Changes for Patch 6.0.2:

  • Official patch notes
  • Stat squish: all of your stats have been ‘squished’ in the patch.
  • Reforging is gone. All gear returns to its pre-reforged state.
  • Hit and Expertise are gone
  • Dodge and parry aren’t really ‘good’ anymore. Crit now gives some classes and specs parry (like with Riposte for Warriors, which now makes crit give you parry)
  • Agility and Intellect no longer give Critical Strike
  • Profession bonuses to combat no longer give bonuses. For example JC gems now give the same amount of stats as a regular gem.
  • Gear upgraded with Valor stays upgraded. You can still upgrade MoP gear, but you use 50 lesser charms per upgrade instead of Valor.
  • New level 550 gear from the updated level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire!
  • Mr. Robot’s “Best in Bag” feature will be free for a week, starting on Tuesday. Think of it like Best in Slot, but for items found in your bags and bank.

Mr. Robot’s status: Live on Tuesday, Oct 14!

We’re releasing our Warlords site on Oct 14 as a beta on our live site. The beta will start with Level 90 characters, since none of us will be 100 yet, and we want the site to be usable in this ‘in between’ period. The goal is the make the site work for 6.0.2, while focusing the majority of our efforts on perfecting everything for level 100 in WoD.

Take a sneak peek at the new UI launching with 6.0.2:

Some notes from Mr. Robot:

  • Stat weights: we will be adjusting them to get them in the ballpark. We’ve done the first round of research to achieve this. As we get closer to WoD, we’ll have more thorough research and input from theorycrafters.
  • Gear: In preparation for WoD, we’ve removed gear some of the lower level 90 gear from the ranked lists. We will still be ranking everything from timeless isle or higher, including SoO, legendary, world boss drops, timeless isle, anything from a vendor that’s 476+, anything epic and crafted 476+, any epic quest rewards 476+. Gear from the new level 90 Upper Blackrock Spire has been added. event has been added in. Warlords gear will be added in later.
  • Trinkets: Take all level 90 trinket estimates with a grain of salt, a lot of things have changed on them, and our estimates are ‘rough’ and haven’t been vetted like they usually are. We’re focusing efforts on ranking WoD trinkets. The amplification trinkets now have a static estimate (instead of dynamic like before), but your stats will calculate correctly at the end. We did this because amp trinkets are being removed in WoD, so we didn’t re-write the complicated code for it (sorry!)
  • Set Bonuses: These will not be perfect, we’re taking a guess during this transitional phase. After that, they will be irrelevant.
  • Socket Bonuses: We will fudge socket bonuses a bit, instead of complicated code for level 90 gear, we’re just going to cheat a bit since new gear won’t have socket bonuses. The optimizations will still work, but we will not be guaranteeing the optimal solution during this transitional phase.
  • Meta gems & Legendary: we are hard coding the best gem for each class for this interim period.
  • Tolerance: the ‘interim’ optimizer will be less tolerant of silly human things, like setting 0 for all of your weights (it’s happened). We are focusing efforts on making it awesome for WoD instead of ‘silly human’ proofing it.
  • PvP optimization will be VERY rough.

What happens to optimizations?

We will still optimize you! We’re adjusting stat weights to get them in the ballpark, while we do our normal fine-tuning as people reach level 100. And remember, you can always edit them yourself. One thing you will notice right away: without hit and expertise in the game, all of those caps are gone. So stats will likely move around on gems and enchants.

With reforging gone, is my gear bad?

The problem here, is that many of us have reforged so much gear, and made it so customized, that the original items might not actually be very good for us. Mr. Robot’s “Best in Bags” feature will search through all of your gear and find you the best setup.

And because we think Best in Bags will be so helpful, we’re making it free for a week, starting Tuesday. The free trials are reset. So on Tuesday, just click the “Best in Bags” button and your free trial will automatically start. No credit card is ever collected for a free trial, because that’s just shady, and we don’t like shady.

And here’s what we up to for Warlords!

Game Specifics for 6.0.2 (With a few Warlords Tidbits)

The special bonuses you used to get from professions, like extra gem slots for Blacksmiths, special enchant slots for enchanters, shoulder inscriptions, etc, are removed.

Enchanting

  • Old enchants that have hit and expertise have been converted to other stats.
  • Old enchants can’t be applied to items higher than iLevel 600. However, you can still apply MoP enchants to your legendary cloak, even if it’s upgraded past 600. I tested this again on 10/9/14.
  • New enchants (in Warlords) will only cover neck, cloak, rings and weapons. You can also modify the appearance of the weapon enchants. (WoD)

Jewelcrafting

  • Existing (old) gear will keep sockets and bonuses. Existing gems will keep their original stats (including primary stats), with the exception of hit and expertise, which are converted to other stats.
    - Hit is converted to crit on old gems. Rigid River’s heart is +20 crit, for example. Precise Wild Jade should be +10 crit and +10 crit, but is wrong, verify!
    - Expertise is converted to haste on old gems. Precise Primoridal ruby is +20 haste, for example. Verify wicked vermillion is correct (10 haste / 10 haste)
    - Accurate Imperial Amethyst used to be +160 Hit and +160 Expertise. It is now +10 Crit and + 10 Haste.
  • JC Gems (Serpent’s Eyes) can still be crafted, but they have the same value as a regular blue quality gem now, since professions no longer give additional combat bonuses. For example, Brillaint Serpent’s Eye is now +10 Int, and a Brilliant Primordial Ruby is also +10 Int.
  • Stat squish drops old blue quality gems down to 10 for primary stats and 20 for secondary.
  • In WoD, there will not be new hybrid gems, and new gems no longer give primary stats. Gem socket colors and bonuses will also be gone for new gear. (WoD)
  • Here’s a list of the new gems, they are much simpler. They come in 2 qualities right now: +16 for regular and +20 for greater. They also require 5x of various herbs to make, along with a taladite gem. (WoD)
    Critical Strike Taladite
    Haste Taladite 
    Mastery Taladite
    Multistrike Taladite
    Stamina Taladite
    Versatility Taladite

Alchemy

  • Flasks and potions increase primary stats in Warlords! There are 4 types of flasks that affect agility, strength, intellect and stamina. The regular ones give 200 stats, and greater give 250 stats. (WoD)
  • Potions will affect primary stats as well, among other things. (WoD)

Cooking:

  • New recipes in Warlords increase secondary stats (as opposed to primary stats in MoP). (WoD)
  • The number of ‘servings’ you get increase with your cooking skill (new to WoD).

Engineering, Blacksmithing, Leatherworking and Tailoring

  • In Warlords, each profession can make new 630 and 640 iLevel gear that is BoE and has a random stat. The random stats can be ‘rerolled’ with special essences. Those crafted items can also be upgraded twice with special ‘items’ as follows:
    - 630 iLevel gets upgraded to 640 and 655
    - 640 iLevel gets upgraded to 655 and 665

Herbalism, Mining, and Skinning:

They can all be done without any required skill level in Warlords. As you get a higher skill level, you get better stuff when picking flowers, mining nodes or skinning wildlife.

Increased Drop Rates for 6.0.2!

Garrosh heirloom drop rate significantly increased. If you don’t have an heirloom yet, you have a 100% chance to get a spec-appropriate item when killing garrosh on normal or higher. http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/14014199/siege-of-orgrimmar-changes-in-patch-60-and-warlords-of-draenor-5-5-2014

 50 WoD Facts Countdown

For more information, check out our countdown post with lots of facts!