Category: WoW (page 2 of 11)

Stat Weights vs Machine Learning

We’re big into ranking gear at Ask Mr. Robot. We probably like it more than WoW itself. OK… almost more than WoW. We like WoW more because it lets us have fun ranking gear.

We released an update today with a beta version of a new way to rank stats on gear that we call Machine Learning. It replaces stat weights. Stat weights are dead to us. OK not really, I was being a bit dramatic. You can still use them on the site like you always did, and they will still work like they always have, forever. But machine learning is way better and way cooler. Read on to learn why!

NOTE: To use the new method during the beta, you must run your own custom gearing strategy simulation, then check “Use Machine Learning” on the report that it generates, and then press “Save and Use”. You will know that it is in effect because you will see a “stat goal” next to each section on the gear optimizer (Gear Explorer, Best in Bags, etc.). If you encounter any bugs or issues, let us know immediately! It is a beta! Continue reading

NPS – A more robust tanking metric

(Written by our developer, Yellowfive)

The first version of this was posted on Nov 16, 2016 for feedback. Based on some good conversations with the community, we have updated the metric and this post to reflect those changes. (Dec 1, 2016). The main updates are related to self-healing and stamina.

NPS

NoPeS. That’s what tanks do: they nope you. Want to hurt me? Nope. Need some healing to stay alive? Nope, I got this. Can I hit you for 2 million damage please? Nope, let’s make that 1 million.

In a sentence: “NPS” measures how good you are at reducing the size of each incoming hit, and reduces your chance to die.

For the sake of ease, let’s say the “N” stands for “negation” in this discussion. Continue reading

Karazhan Patch 7.1 Gear & Stat Weights

Here are the Patch 7.1 updates:

  • New gear is added to the gear lists, upgrade finder, and simulator
  • All new trinkets are implemented – and remember, all trinkets are ranked directly from simulations to ensure accuracy. After logs show up tonight, we will be doing a pass that compares all new trinkets to logs to triple-check that they are in tip-top shape.
  • Crafted level 8 is now added to the filters
  • All class and spell changes have been updated in the simulator and theorycraft wiki (the best source for spell data) – link to patch notes
  • NOTE: The chest pieces for each armor type that improves the power of your trinkets is not yet implemented. There is no spell data or data in game with how (and how much) it improves the trinkets. As soon as we get that information, the chests will be updated on our gear lists and simulator. (Example chest)

Stat weights are updated

All stat weights for each class/spec are also updated to reflect the class & spell changes for patch 7.1. All of those changes are verifiable on the theorycraft wiki. Continue reading

How to Compare Items with simulations

The most popular question right now:  What item is better?

Our item rankings answer that question, and it does so really well if you generated custom weights for your character with our simulator.

But how nice would it be to see the actual damage differences, in addition to the ranking? It would be pretty nice, wouldn’t it. Continue reading

Best in Bags & Upgrade Finder

Be confident in your gearing choices

Here’s a super fast video tutorial that walks you through the best ways to find new gear, as well as making sure you have the best items equipped from the stash you already own.

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Get Ready for Emerald Nightmare – FREE!!

This promotion is now over. All new users still get 1 free week so you can Try before you Buy. The trial starts when you click on a premium feature, no credit card is ever asked for during the trial. 

Mr. Robot wants to make sure you are ready for Emerald Nightmare, so he’s making all of his premium features free Monday and Tuesday, Sept 19 and 20.

And we really mean free. No shady credit card tricks, no ploys to get your email and spam you, that’s not how we operate. When we say free, it’s simple. You get to use every premium feature without paying or entering a credit card. You do need an account so we can save settings (which is necessary for some of the features), but we will NEVER email you marketing stuff. Ever. Not even after the free stuff is over.

So like I said, when we say free, we mean it. No catches, no tricks. Continue reading

Legion & The Armory

Patch 7.0 Armory

Is your character not updating? Or is your artifact not loading?

The armory usually takes a bit to update when expansions hit. That means there are currently some armory artifact loading issues.

No worries! You can use our addon to update your character.

How to use our in-game addon to update your character:

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Important Low Level Items & Ranking Gear

There are a few low level items worth paying attention to as you craft gear and run dungeons. I wanted to point these out before you vendor them in a leveling craze and the made rush to getting raid-ready gear.

 Necklace and Ring

Save all rings & necklaces

Let me quickly explain why. Continue reading

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). Continue reading

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