Category: WoW (page 1 of 9)

Batch Simulations

Batch simulations are just a fancy way to say ‘lots of combinations of stuff.’ If you want to find the best talents or rank legendaries, there are often hundreds or more of combinations. And if you want to look at legendaries and talents at the same time, whew, that list gets long.

Mr. Robot does all of this for you, automatically. You tell him what you want to compare and he’ll make the combinations for you, test them out, and rank them according to their DPS.

You get a report that can be sorted and customized, and we even give you a downloadable CSV for those of you who love spreadsheets.  Continue reading

A Guide to Identifying the Best Artifact Path

This blog posts answers two big artifact questions: Can I level my offspec artifact and not fall behind? What is the best artifact path?

Let’s start with the first question.

How fast can I get traits in my weapon? Will the offspec put me behind?

If you level fast and do your dailies every day, you’ll have at least 20 traits when raids open. (That’s assuming raids open 3 weeks after launch). And the good news, placing some points in the offspec barely sacrifices anything… at most 1 day, all the way to your full 54 point artifact. Yeah, really!

You can take a look at the data yourself, thanks to the work the Kib did on his spreadsheet. Note that this data is the minimum you’ll have if you do all activities, as it doesn’t account for drops from mobs or rares that give Artifact Power.

Here’s a timeline I put together based on his data (click for full size).

Artifact Power Offspec

What is the best Artifact path?

If you want the best path, you’d have to look through 100 or even 1000 possible paths. So clearly this isn’t easily done by a human, so we set Mr. Robot to the task.

He will take your given setup, including all of your gear and talents, then run through every single combination and recommend an Artifact path customized to you.

There’s also a mode that’s handy while you level it up – Mr. Robot will take your current progress on the Artifact and find the next best trait to get. Since you’ll be spending about 5 days at each trait before you get a new one, this can be a very helpful recommendation.

I have a video that covers what we call “Batch” simulations. It’s not scary, hang in there with me. There’s also a video-chapter specifically for the Artifact Path that you can skip to if you’d like.

Backing up a step: let’s take a quick look at Artifact Power (AP)

Here is the super-fast, really basic overview:

  • When you hit level 110: You don’t get Artifact Power from quests, but everything you kill has a chance to drop items that reward you with AP.  From what I’ve seen, you might acquire a few thousand Artifact Power from these drops while leveling.
  • Each day you can gain at least 2,380 Artifact Power. There is also a weekly Mythic dungeon quest reward for 3,500. And every mob has a chance to drop AP rewards.
  • You get over 10,000 Artifact Power for each faction rank with Suramar.
  • You can increase the rate at which you gain Artifact Power by increasing your Artifact Knowledge. The Knowledge level acts as a multiplier on AP gained by most sources. This is done with a quest in the class hall, and can increase your Knowledge every 5 days (or sooner if you don’t play often as a catch-up mechanism).
  • You can reset your artifact weapon, for the cost of the NEXT trait.

How fast can I get traits in my weapon?

  • Once you hit level 110, you can get 4,680 Artifact Power from the end zone quests (Suramar) and the first set of dailies. The first 11 Artifact Traits cost 4,625 AP. Which is why you can get 11 traits when you hit 110.
  • The 12th and 13th Artifact Traits aren’t very expensive and you get get those 1 day after you hit 110.
  • Once you hit 13 Traits, it will take you about 2-3 days to earn enough Artifact Power to go up 1 rank.
  • Once you hit 19 Artifact Traits, it will take you about 4-5 days to earn enough Artifact Power to go up 1 rank. This holds true all the way to maxing out your artifact, assuming you are diligently doing all of your dailies and increasing your Artifact Knowledge ranks too.

Want to see the data for yourself, check out Kib’s spreadsheet.

Questions or Feedback?

If you’re still new to the simulator, never fear, we are here to help. First, check out this crash-course video. Full a full list of simulator resources, visit our simulator page which has super short videos like the 1-minute-guide to customizing your character, as well as super in-depth guides like how to compare two different rotations to make an even better rotation.

Hit us up on our forums or on Discord.

Demon Hunters & Legion Support

“Why can’t I load my Demon Hunter on the site?”

We have support for Havoc on the beta site, where you can play with gear and get DPS numbers. It’s pretty easy to do, and completely free! Vengeance will have to wait a little big longer though.

As always, we’ll have full support by the time the expansion launches (we’ve never missed an expansion deadline yet!) There are just 3 of us working on the whole site, so sometimes we need these last few days and weeks to iron out all of the bugs and finishing touches before we go live.

We have a whole new site upgrade that we’re launching with Legion. The backend code is all new and shiny. Some new feature improvements are coming too (like even easier flows to Best in Bags). But the final site isn’t quite ready yet, so it hasn’t been pushed live.

So I ask on Mr. Robot’s behalf, if you can hang in just a tiny bit longer, he’ll have full gear-optimization support for both Demon Hunter specs by Legion launch, promise! And in return, he will hand-polish all of your armor for launch as well. Pinky swear! Continue reading

Arcane Mages: When to start the burn phase

One of the biggest questions for Arcane Mages in Legion is… When should I start my burn phase?

How long it takes for an Arcane Mage to burn through their mana varies quite a bit – it’s never the same from one burn phase to the next, which is why this has been such a difficult question to answer. But we’ve solved it by asking Mr. Robot to learn how long each burn phase lasts in every simulation. Then he reports the shortest, longest, and average durations in the report so we can start to answer this difficult question.

After a lot of testing, a pattern emerged. The duration of your burn phase depends on your Mastery:Haste ratios, which appears to hold true at any gear level (during tests with Quickening). It’s important to note that these are initial findings and things might change as we do more testing. Continue reading

Outlaw Roll the Bones Buffs

Updated for Aug 8 & 11 Hotfixes.

When Warcraft Legion launches, everyone’s wondering what Outlaw rogues should fish for when using Roll the Bones (RtB)? More buffs, Shark Infested Waters, or both?

Reroll the Bones to fish for any 2 or more buffs.  You have a 35% chance to get any 2 buff combo.

(Before the hotfix it was best to fish for Shark or any 3+. That recommendation no longer stands). Continue reading

Simulator Boss Modeling – Volunteer raiders needed

We’re working on the models for each Legion boss and will be putting those into the simulator. That means you’ll be able to answer questions for a specific boss, like “What should my DPS be on the first boss?” Or maybe you want to know “What are the best trinkets for the end boss?”

You get the idea.

But to do this right, we need log data, sometimes with very specific tests. If you’re up to the challenge, let me know. It requires that you turn on advanced combat logging, and send us your raw combat log text file.

Specific test #1: How hard does each boss’s melee auto attack hit?

If/When the raids come back up:

  • We need to make sure your armor stays CONSTANT.  And that you don’t use any defensive abilities. This is to make sure we get the full, raw, auto attack damage amount.
  • We suggest that a tank and a couple of healers go in, and try to get hit 50 times or so. The healers need to make sure they only HEAL. No absorbs or anything that affects armor or reduces damage taken.
  • Send us the log, and tell us what boss and the character to look that was hit.
  • We need this for every boss, on Normal, Heroic and Mythic. Normal is always open, so that’s our best place to start.
  • You don’t have to do every boss, if we get a bunch of volunteers, we can cover more ground 🙂

Upload logs to our dropbox. And leave a comment here with the info you tested, or ping me on Twitter @AskMrRobot or in our Discord.

Raw logs of kills:

  • We’ll need to get spell data and timing on all of the other abilities. So raw logs of boss kills with no special tests, will be very helpful as well. Especially for the 2nd raid, as we won’t be able to get to that again for a while.

Upload logs to our dropbox.

Boss Experts:

  • If you feel like you’re pretty knowledgeable about a boss, let us know! If you feel like you’d be explaining the strategy to your team, then we’d love to talk to you. Hit us up on Discord.

 

Legion Pre Patch 7.0

Character updates

It’s possible that characters won’t update correctly from the armory. We are unable to test those changes until Blizzard updates their site. It’s possible something changed in the API that we need to modify on our end. It’s possible the armory lags. Either way, we have a workaround for you! You need to get our updated addon  – look for version 38 (after 10am PST). Instructions to update your character from the addon can be found here.

Stat weights

No one really knows what they should be for the Legion pre patch. The class changes are still in flux, and people are still figuring out the best ways to play with the new talents and changes to abilities. Since none of this is solid, all stat weights you see people post are best guesses.

If you want to change the default ones we have, click on the edit button next to the stat weights and have fun! Mr. Robot will suggest new gear based on any set of weights you give him.

We suggest using the Legion pre patch to experiment with all of the changes to your class, and not stress about being perfect out of the gate. And by experimenting now, you’ll have a better handle on your spec when Legion launches.  Continue reading

Share your Legion APL / Rotation

We’ve made it easier for you to share any Legion APL / rotation. You can also ‘subscribe’ to someone’s rotation and get all of their updates automatically.

You might see people asking for a Legion APL for their class. APL stands for “Action Priority List” – basically a spell rotation. Simulators use an APL (rotation) to mimic a boss fight and estimate your dps. But not everyone plays the same, so we want to get more people involved in making rotations for Legion. Share them with friends, post in forums to collaborate in making one better, the list goes on.

Let’s say Zoopercat makes a rotation and wants to share it with a few people. She clicks the share button, gets a link, and posts it in the guild forums (or on discord).  Let’s say Yellowfive clicks on the link – he can see the rotation that Zoopercat made. If he wants, he can click “Add to List” so the rotation shows up in the drop down menu when setting up a simulation. And that’s not all! Anytime Zoopercat updates that rotation, it’s automatically updated for Yellowfive too!

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Suggestions on Sharing your Legion APL / Rotation

  • Make a descriptive name – when people click on the link, they will see the name of your rotation and know what it is for.
  • “In Development” / WIP names – if you want to share or collaborate on rotations, it might be a good idea to put “Dev” or “WIP” (work in progress) in the name. That way people know it isn’t perfect yet. And they might make a copy and play with it too. Example: Zoops Balance WIP
  • Release names – you can also make a release version. This could be updated with the latest theories that test out. Sure, it might not be optimal yet, but as you update it, it will get better and better. Example: Zoops Balance Release

Editing Rotations

For a quick start guide on editing rotations, check out this video. For help on how to guess & test rotations, try this video.

And for a full list of help and FAQ, check out our Simulator Help Page.

 

How to Gear Alts in WoD

Gear alts in WoD

What activities should I do to gear alts in WoD?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gear alt filters

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

Save time with the Upgrade Finder

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

How to upgrade your alt with the upgrade finder:

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

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

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

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

Mythic dungeon gear list

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

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

 

 

Find Valor Upgrades

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Upgrading items with Valor is all about the math – which is Mr. Robot’s specialty. Here’s a few things that affect upgrading, and other things to consider for each ‘factoid.’ Mr. Robot takes all of these things into consideration with his advanced valor upgrading chip.

  • All gear from your bags & bank: As long as you’ve imported your gear in the Best in Bags interface (where you paste text from the addon), Mr. Robot knows what items you own. He’ll rank all of your gear for you, not just the stuff you have equipped.
  • iLevel matters: items with higher iLevels get more stats when you upgrade. Also consider: a lower iLevel with your BEST stats on it might be a better upgrade candidate than a higher iLevel with crappy stats.
  • Slot matters: some item slots have a larger stat budget (like weapons) than other slots. Also consider: a higher iLevel waist (lower stat budget) might be a better upgrade than a lower iLevel head slot (which has a higher stat budget).
  • Trinket effects: Trinket effects usually scale with item level. Mr. Robot knows what effects scale, how they scale, and takes it all into account for you.

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Try it with your character now.

If you like it, you can upgrade for the low price of $1 a month (billed annually to keep transaction costs low, which keeps the price low). Three people help Mr. Robot to make his site awesome, so we appreciate each and every person who upgrades. We know you can choose to spend your $12 elsewhere, so choosing to upgrade means a lot to us.

More than just Valor

Try the other options in the “Find Upgrades” feature. There are a lot of fun things Mr. Robot can help you with. Remember, everyone gets a free trial of the premium features, and we NEVER ask for the credit card when using the free trial (that’s just not cool). If you like the features, you can upgrade for $12 / year. Nice and affordable. And as one user told me, “I appreciated the trial of the premium features and the no bullshit approach. Premium is like an amazing frosting on an already mind blowing cake.”

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