Lamenting Low Legendary Luck


Legendary items and titanforging. These are the big RNG things behind loot acquisition in Legion, in addition to the normal “when will boss X finally drop that damn trinket” problem. This has some parallels to loot acquisition in Diablo 3 but also causes some issues. Read more of this post

Legion Weak Auras – Fire Mage


fire weak auras preview

Download: here

Shows Heating Up/Hot Streak as auras (with an outer timer ring).
Fire Blast charges (fire orbs) and timer (progress bar).

More description stuff coming soon. Note that the secondary bar will condense down to show either available or cooldown icons, not both at the same time

Legion Weak Auras – Arcane Mage


binks arcane weak auras

Found here

Important things to note:
Outer curve on the Arcane Missile auras indicate the time remaining on the buff stack
Dark blue bar is mana, purple icons are charges, light blue bar is the Evocation CD.
Arcane Barrage gives a glow when mana % is less than 1.25 * Evo CD / 90 for slow burn (this is part of my single phase “Slow Burn” rotation which can be found here¬† and thanks to Satron again for LUA code help)

Other custom code includes the Words of Power bonus chance indicator.

Alpha: General Gameplay Notes


These are my feedback notes for Alpha testing. I’ll come back and edit/expand these as testing continues. Cross posted to Alpha Forums

Feb 13th: Mostly re-written after recent Alpha changes.
Feb 15th: More notes in italics.
Mar 3rd: New notes in italics, mostly on Artifact stuff

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Alpha: Bug & Technical Notes


Collecting bug notes here. Read more of this post

Stupid Ideas: Engineering based Ranged DPS class for WoW


One of the subjects on twitter today was “What would you suggest for a new ranged DPS class?”. Many suggested the Bard, with a possible fourth role of Support (buffer, debuffer, etc), but I prefer an idea closer to home for Warcraft, like the Tinkerer, as this would be the class that High Tinker Mekkatorque and many other engineering based gnomes/goblins would be.

The general idea would be to take a lot of those quasi-scifi elements in WoW, along with some of the cool Engineering profession things which were removed, to make an interesting class to play. They would also be mail wearers, and use guns/bows, to fill some loot distribution holes. Read more of this post

Personal Note: Community Expectations from TheoryCrafters


Ok, this is a bit of a /rant, so you’ve been warned.

Recently I’ve been cutting back on the Things Wot I Do. Recently this has included stopping work on the ERC spreadsheet, cutting back on the amount of guide work I’m doing (there are currently 3, and I’m thinking about reducing it to 2, plus I had to turn down an offer to review the Icy Veins guide too), and limiting things like a “Best In Slot List” (which, as an aside, I absolutely despise because a) you’ll never get there,¬† b) sockets/warforging can make slightly sub-optimal items better and c) sometimes it’s better to take that 1H/Shield combo over a 1H/OH or Staff because it helps gear your raid team) to the recent spreadsheet because that involved a lot of automation.

The reason for this is primarily medical. My partner is currently experiencing gall bladder problems, as yet undiagnosed, which means she can hardly eat anything and is starting to lose weight in an unhealthy manner. The stress of dealing with this is exacerbating my own problems, which is either Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, or a combination of the two (plus an old shoulder injury from the July 2011 earthquakes which has been causing severe headaches & pain), mean that I am usually tired & in pain, taking 4-6 “Panadine” per day (500mg Paracetamol & 8mg Codeine) with maybe 50mg or more of Tramadol if things are really bad.

So as you can imagine, trying to function normally so I can work full time, get some WoW time in to get through the current dailies & Legendary quest stuff, and do what housework I can (more often than not we’re getting someone in for 2 hours each week to help with this) is exhausting my available energy reserves.

This means that when people complain that I am not “willing to put in their soul into the project” or stuff like that I get really angry, because there is no freaking way that I am going to put more time into any WoW related project at the expense of my health, just so someone knows which item is best in a meaningless trade off. To people like this I would just like to say “fuck off”. To everyone else who is being non-demanding, helpful, supportive, etc, all that really needs to be said is “less than three” (and no, I don’t mean two, or even one… but that’s a bad joke I make sometimes).

There is nothing preventing anyone from doing any of the things I do. All it takes is knowledge of your class, a basic understanding of maths (like how multiplication & division come before addition & subtraction), a basic understanding of excel, and the knowledge of how to answer questions yourselves. The only person who is ever preventing you from having the answers you want is yourself.

Here endeth the rant.
Binks