There isn’t much use for a tank simulator unless you have something to tank. I know, I’m captain obvious over here.
The boss mechanics and how tank ‘rotations’ interact with them are the core of tank simulations (and I think, the most interesting). I’m covering both of those things in this post (Part 2). Continue reading
Simulating DPS, even as a tank, is pretty straightforward. Most people who are familiar with simulators ‘get’ this concept and have used tank sims for this purpose.
Simulating your survival as a tank isn’t as straightforward and requires a more complex system. Since it’s complex and new to most people, I’ll be covering the system in detail in this series of tank-simulation articles. Continue reading
Taloc is mostly single target, with a phase in the middle where you kill some adds. There’s a moderate amount of movement, some of which puts melee out of range of the boss. This isn’t a guide on how to kill the boss, rather some analysis on how the boss will impact your damage, trinkets, and other gear. Continue reading
If you’ve ever wished you didn’t have to run ‘stat weights’ every time you changed talents or gear, you’re reading the right article.
We’ve been doing it for you throughout most of Legion. That’s what our “Adaptive Gearing Strategies” do – they use simulation data that’s customized to your character. That’s possible because we’ve already simulated the required talent and gear setups for you, ahead of time. Continue reading
Just ask the 75% of gamers who run ad block. Or ask any web designer who grumbles about ads interfering with pretty site designs. Or ask any developer who has had to deal with slow page load times.
But at the same time… we all kind of like ads because we understand that they help keep websites free. And that’s worth a lot.
People don’t mind ads unless…
When ads on a site start to get out of control, people notice. I wanted to quantify this, so I ran a survey to gather people’s opinions about ads. I know, it’s probably not surprising to most of you – we’re data driven – even when it comes to ads! Continue reading
Best in Bags looks through all of the gear you own to find your best setups. This is all based on simulation that we do for you, behind the scenes, so you don’t have to spend time setting up a sim and waiting for the results.
Best in Bags uses the power of simulators to recommend gear, without making you sim anything. We’ve already simulated it for you.
In order to get the most out of the tool, I thought it would be helpful to give a basic explanation on how it works behind the scenes. Then I jump into some specifics for each feature, including a UI overview, setting up Best in Bags for multiple specs, and locking in your favorite items.
I also have more in-depth tutorials for some of the Best in Bags features:
There are a lot of ways to play and a lot of ways to gear. And a portion of those are so close in damage (or healing, or tank toughness), that they are considered equal. We find you possible solutions within that ‘top tier’ of performance. We even find alternatives that perform just as well, in case you want a different play style, stat preference, or azerite power preference. (See “Alternate Best in Bags.”)
The process of providing top sets of gear is quite complex. You see… what if one Azerite Power is great, but only with a high-crit build? What if two trinkets interact really well, amplifying the effect of each other?
Simulation can answer this, but not as easily as you might initially think. The entire set of gear has to be evaluated in order to decide what is best. And there are a lot of combinations just sitting in your bags right now. If you had just 3 items per slot to choose from, that’s almost 5 million combinations of gear (which would be about 25 billion simulation iterations). You’d have to wait a loooong time for that simulation to finish!
Mr. Robot solved this problem with Best in Bags. You click 1 button and get an answer in seconds.
I just said simulating this would take a long time, so how can we get you such a fast answer?! First, we simulate all of the relevant combinations of gear, including trinkets and Azerite Powers, for your character. We do this over thousands of computers and it takes about 2 weeks to get through every spec, including simulating tanks and healers.
Then we store that in a database, so we can quickly look it up when you want to run Best in Bags. That lets Mr. Robot search through all of them with some fancy logic and machine learning, all so he can pick a best set(s) in seconds.
Best in Bags Tutorial
Best in Bags is really powerful and customizable. So even if you are familiar with the feature, the tutorial images below might reveal something new and helpful.
First, here’s a short 2-minute video to give you a quick rundown on how to import and export gear between the addon and website.
Next up, I have a couple of screenshots of the UI with explanation on what they do and how to use them. Click for larger images (don’t strain your eyes!)
Best in Bags setup step
Best in Bags results
Let’s jump into the specifics of each feature:
This feature tells you what stats you should focus on for your next few items. Because we’ve simmed everything for you already, it replaces the need to sim your own stat weights. Now you can spend all of that time playing the game instead of simming the game. Learn more about how it all works on our Stat Analysis article.
Let’s talk about the Stat Analysis in the context of Best in Bags and start with an example:
Pretend Haste is your best stat.
Pretend that Crit should be 80% of your Haste (so for every 100 Haste, you’d want 80 Crit).
There’s an awesome Azerite Power that scales really well with Crit.
So, what happens if you get a chest piece with that awesome Azerite Power that scales incredibly well with Crit? When you do Best in Bags, Mr. Robot checks all of your gear and sees if a high Crit build, paired with that Azerite Power, is better than the standard high-Haste build (in our pretend little example here). If so, he’ll suggest it. But because of this, there is no way for you to definitively say that one stat (Haste in this example) will always be best.
But you know what we can do? Aggregate a metric-ton of data and give you a really high-probability suggestion of what stats you should focus on next.
How does this work? First, recall that Mr. Robot has already simulated all of the necessary gear (and Azerite Power) combinations that you could get, and stored that in his database. So all he has to do is look up your current gear and then compare it to setups that do more damage (or healing or tanking) at your current iLevel.
He then analyzes all of the stats in all of those setups and looks for trends. He might find that 85% of them have more Haste and less Mastery, in which case, he would tell you to focus on getting more Haste and less Mastery on your next few items.
The advice shows up in this Stat Analysis section, followed by a graph. The graph shows the stats on your current Best in Bags gear, and the arrows tell you what to increase, decrease, and what should stay roughly the same.
While 85% of setups might have more Haste, that doesn’t mean only high-Haste builds are going to be better for you. In this example, 15% of the better-than-your-current gear sets don’t have more Haste than you do now.
You can also see a graph of the data Mr. Robot analyzed for you. This lets you see that, yep, a whole bunch of these are stacking Haste, but a few have relatively low Haste. Click the “View optimal stat graph” link to see the top performing stat distributions for your item level (or any item level).
People often want to do different Best in Bags setups, so we added in that functionality for BfA. For example: one for raiding and one for Mythic+. Or maybe you also want a second raid setup for bosses where you switch talents.
You can switch between any setup by clicking on one in the Setup List on the left side of the Best in Bags section.
The addon has a dropdown menu now, to swap between your setups and specs.
When you export your setups to the addon, all of them get exported. You can switch between them in the drop down menu at the top of the Gear tab.
In-Game equipment manager – Ask Mr. Robot addon exports right to it.
Once you equip one of the setups, our addon also creates a gear set in the in-game equipment manager.
Sometimes, you just want to make sure Mr. Robot keeps your favorite trinket or Azerite Power and works around that. No problem! He’s happy to oblige. This is where locking comes into play.
You could always lock items, gems, and enchants during Legion. But it was a power user feature that was hard to figure out on your own. Since locking things in is a big part of customizing your gear, we’ve put it front-and-center.
Every lockable thing now has a lock icon next to it. Click the lock icon to bring up a list of items, gems, enchants, or Azerite Powers. Choose the one you want and it will lock in. If something is locked, the icon turns orange. Click it again to unlock.
After you get your initial Best in Bags recommendation, Mr. Robot provides you with alternate options that are just as good as the one he recommended. Since so many gear combinations are basically equal, this lets you choose a setup that matches your playstyle or is most fun for you to play.
To check out the alternate setups, look for the Customize tab after running Best in Bags.
Click on that to see a list of alternate setups that you could use. Each alternate favors a particular Azerite trait, stat, or both.
For more information on this feature, including an explanation on the tiers, how to select an alternate, and how to reset it, read the Alternate Best in Bags tutorial.
What if a Best in Bags recommendation looks wrong?
There’s a difference between unexpected and incorrect. If Mr. Robot suggests an item that is 15 iLevels lower, there is a good chance he is correct, even though it is unexpected.
Since all of your gear is evaluated when trying to find a best gear set, an uncommon combination can be found, that us mere humans wouldn’t have even considered. This is one of the reasons this tool is so powerful.
However, it is possible that the suggestion is incorrect (oooooh, don’t tell Mr. Robot I said that!). If this is the case, report it on our forums and we’ll get it fixed right away (bugs rarely last more than a day after being reported). For more information on what might be unexpected vs what might be a bug, check out this “Unexpected” blog post where I categorize unusual scenarios.
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If you haven’t upgraded yet and like the features, Best in Bags and the Upgrade Finder save you a lot of time and give you really accurate gear advice based on simulations custom to you (that we’ve already done for you).. It’s $12 a year, or $2 if you want to pay monthly. You can upgrade here.
Everyone gets a free trial (no credit card is required, because that is just trickery and we don’t do that). You might have used up your free trial in a previous expansion. If you would like it reset so you can try the features for BfA, use the contact form on the website and send us a message. I will personally reset your free trial. I know you’ll love the features and I want you to see them for yourself.
What do you prefer: a simpler rotation that you can easily master, or a complex rotation that does more damage?
To answer this, you probably want to know how much more damage the complex one does. If the increase is minimal, would you prefer the simpler one? How much more damage would a complex rotation need to do before you prefer to use it?
You should answer this in your head right now. It will make the next sections more fun. 🙂 Continue reading
The simulator is ready for BfA for all specs, including tanks and healers, and all of the Azerite powers. It’s still on beta.askmrrobot.com because it hasn’t been tested enough. So don’t take results as concrete “facts”!
It’s also worth noting that Artifacts and Legendary effects are disabled in the BfA simulator since they won’t work for level 120 characters.
“Single Simulations” are fully functional. That includes all of the following:
All Azerite powers are implemented.
You can see each one on the Theorycraft wiki. (choose your spec, then look for the “Spec Azerite Powers” section, and the “General Azerite Powers” section)
If an Azerite power needs more testing or something looks odd, we make a note at the top, like Lunar Schrapnel (Balance Druid).
All trinkets are implmented, except for a couple pet-summoning ones where we need more data.
Trinkets also have notes at the top, including a note if it isn’t implemented (like the pet ones).
Some trinkets need more testing to verify how they work. For example, the splash damage from Briny Barnacle, indicated by a note at the top.
All class talents and spells are implemented.
Every class has a ‘base’ rotation – it is intentionally simple, which also helps find bugs.
Healers are fully functional, measuring HPS and Ally Deaths. We’ll have an article series soon that walks you through the in’s and out’s of healer simming.
Tanks are fully functional, measuring TUF (replacing NPS), and Death Chance. We’ll have a writeup soon on TUF – the short version: it measures how TOUGH you are (yep, that’s what it stands for. Smile, it’s fun!)