Sending Senpai Supplications


Aka “Why it’s not okay to keep sending directly to community experts about stuff”

One of those prices of “e-fame” and/or being known as an expert is that people tend to come to you to ask questions about things in your wheelhouse (and sometimes outside it). This is a short conversation point about why it’s better to exhaust other options first, like reviewing previously written information/guides or asking other players on chat/forums.

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A Short Rant About Stat Weights


Everyone likes their stat weights. The problem is that the way stat weights are used doesn’t actually match up with how they’re generated.

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The Game of Stat Values: Elemental Edition


Taking another look at Elemental stats, in particular how each one affects damage output. Please note that all of the work I’ve put in on this is using the T19P SimCraft profile, which has 10303 Crit (31.44%), 5068 Haste (30.09%), 1578 Mastery (25.02%) and 0 Versatility (0%).

The table of analysis & results can be found here, which compares the base profile to subsequent sims where I add 1000 of each stat in turn to see how it affects damage.

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Fixing Elemental


To be perfectly honest, fixing Elemental will probably require more work than there is available time for before Legion. Here’s a few things that I think would improve underlying Elemental mechanics so that there’s fewer negative issues, more options for increasing the required skill cap and reducing the need to switch talents for every boss while also trying to avoid cookie cutter builds (although a few talents will favour others). Read more of this post

The Main Swap


Aka “Why Bink is going to raid on a Mage in Legion rather than his Elemental Shaman”

Part One: Damage Meters

For as long as I can remember Elemental output has been somewhat behind the curve pretty much all the time, unless you look at specific AoE or Cleave boss fights like Hellfire Assault or Iskar. The times where I do well comparatively to everyone else I keep wondering that had I been on a different class that is “more popular” would I have performed significantly better? Read more of this post

Detailed Elemental Feedback


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Community Info: Issues & Moving Forward


Please note this was originally intended to be posted early January as a collaboration between Callimonk and myself, but due to a bunch of different reasons it’s been delayed until now. Calli will post her parts on her own blog soon

In December last year there were two posts by Zooper on Blizzardwatch regarding what is commonly referred to as “Cookie Cutter” builds about how there is generally a single accepted talent build, and player attitudes based around this knowledge. These posts are a small part of what our posts will be addressing, but also somewhat of a starting point for the rest of our points as well.

It’s worth pointing out that there are some generalizations made in Zoopers posts, partially around how large the “problem” of binary answers in guides actually are. In a quick survey of 6 Fury Warrior guides 3 did show a binary answer (MMOC, Noxxic and Wowhead) while the Icy Veins & WoW Forum guides explained that rage capping was an issue behind Furious Strikes, and lastly Methods guide indicated that Furious Strikes is “slightly weaker” than Sudden Death. This means 50% of guides had a binary or non-explanatory answer, which could be reduced to 33% if you consider the fact that the Wowhead guides are intended to be for beginners.

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