What is the best use of pre-patch time? Shadowlands sims, obviously 😉
Both the AMR and SimC / Raidbots simulators are being worked on for Shadowlands so you can run as many beta sims as you want. Below is the current status for each simulator.
Ask Mr. Robot status
The AMR simulator is a free, wiki-based simulator. You can edit any formula or rotation in the wiki, and the simulator runs based off your changes.
- Current support is for Shadowlands sims (no more BfA sims, no pre-patch sims)
- Shadowlands talents, spell mechanics, covenant abilities, soulbinds, etc are implemented for every spec (including tanks & healers). A handful of things need log data to verify (which is noted on the respective wiki pages (see screenshot below for example).
- Rotations are general and continuously being worked on. If you want to edit rotations, you can do that on the wiki.
- Beta changes are updated within a day
- Status gets updated on the original post in this forum thread
SimC & Raidbots status
Raidbots is a web interface for SimC. Raidbots runs on the release-version of SimC, but you can get beta versions of SimC directly from them.
- Raidbots is currently running pre-patch sims (not Shadowlands). Support is limited: “Sims during pre-patch gonna be funky! Check with your class resources to see if pre-patch simming makes any sense for your character.” (source)
- Raidbots will have Shadowlands simulations with the release of the expansion
- You can download SimC directly to run Shadowlands simulations (beta server changes updated within a day)
- SimC is ready for some, but not all classes. Below is a screenshot from the status spreadsheet (as of 10/24/2020).
If you want to theorycraft about Shadowlands, now is the time to run simulations. Sure, both AMR and SimC/Raidbots still have work to do, bugs to find and fix, etc, but you can still use them to research some theories you might have.
For those of you who just want a quick answer on what to equip, waiting for the results of the GloNet project will be your best bet.
What is the AMR GloNet project?
The simplest way to describe this: we sim so you don’t have to.
We’re theorycrafters and we like to min-max, so naturally we simmed our characters… a lot. In the early days of Warcraft, only the hard core players used simulators (SimC) or calculators like Rawr and Shadowcraft.
But then gearing systems got more complex and simming on the web became easier too (first with our wiki-based simulator, then with Raidbots too). It didn’t take long until simming felt required, even for the casual player.
Most people don’t actually like simming, but they do like knowing they have the best gear equipped. The GloNet (short for Global Network) project was our way of giving players the best of both worlds.
GloNet is a network of computers (from people like you) and a giant block of cloud computing that we buy. This massive network lets us sim all of the gear, talent, soulbind, and covenant (etc) combinations necessary for each spec ahead of time. We save the simulation results into the database, apply some analytics, and use that to recommend gear for you, on the spot.
This removes the need for you to run simulations yourself, because we already have… we just have to look up the specific sim data related to your character’s current state. That data is analyzed automatically and then applied to your character’s gear, ranked gear lists, etc. You can see this in action with all of our optimizer features from the Gear Check to Best in Bags.
If you’re interested in contributing, check out this blog post.