The Effect of Player Perception of Class Balance on Player Perception of Class Balance


Meters, Warcraft Logs & Statistics: Part 1

Player perceptions of class balance are based around a few different metrics: ranking & statistic pages from WarcraftLogs, stacked simulation results for all specs, or even in-game DPS meters. There are problems with all of these approaches, and these may be the reasons why players see under or over-powered specs in a different light to the dev team. Read more of this post

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Stat Weight Plots Mark II


I wrote a small thing recently on Stat Weight Plots and have now expanded this into something that others can run with minimal configuration and lots of CPU power. For reference, running a 4 stat Crit Plot for Arcane Mages took roughly 3 hours using 7 threads on my i7-6700 so you either need a similarly powerful CPU or lots of time.

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Plotting Stat Interactions


This is another way to look at the “X was my best stat so I added more of it, but that made Y my best stat so I re-did my gear and now X is my best stat again” loops that arise from people using stat weights incorrectly. The idea is to show how the stat weights of Crit, Haste and Mastery change relative to a minimum to 99% range for each stat.

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Investigating Stat Targets & Minimums


One of the things I regularly see in Discord spec channels is “I have X% Crit, Y% Haste, Z% Mastery, what am I doing wrong?”, usually followed by something like “You should drop some Crit to get A% Haste”. Questions & responses like these appear to be carried over from prior expansions, but are not really applicable anymore due to a number of mechanic changes.

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Talent Interaction Analysis


I’ve had this sitting in my goggle docs for a while but have only now bothered to write a post about it. As part of my on-going series of posts about using spreadsheets to set up & analyse SimulationCraft results I’ve made a “pairwise talent analysis” sheet.

Click Me.

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Math-Jam


I made a Spreadsheets R Us discord server for people who do mathy spreadsheet or related stuff.

First rule of Spreadsheet Club is to talk about Spreadsheets.
Second rule of Spreadsheet Club =R1

Anyway, as part of a motivating thing for myself to finally get started my next project I came up with the idea for “Math-Jam”. The goal is to get a few mathy orientated people like myself on voice chat, with other people listening in & asking questions via text chat, while we work on related projects. BrewingScribe, Garg & Sal have indicated they may come along, and I hope more do too.

The first session will be Feb 24th at 7pm PST (click the link for a Time Zone tool). Hopefully there will be additional sessions in the future, and at different times for those on different shifts/timezones.

For myself, I need to start on learning variables in SimCraft to set up some reserved mana values for use in the “alternate” Arcane APL I’ve been working on, as well as trying to make it work a bit better with the changing Evocation cooldown as a result of the 4pc bonus.

Why “Best In Slot” lists are a thing of the past


“Best In Slot” lists, or “BiS” for short, are gear lists identifying the best possible combination of items for each spec. Sometimes there can be differing opinions, or different lists for different talent combinations, but the reason why they are popular is because they’re essentially a shopping list of items to get.

However, these lists are somewhat impractical outside of “thought experiments” or SimulationCraft default profile restrictions because of one thing: random item bonuses.

Thunder/War/Titan-forging

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