Simulations, Logs & Dummies


Meters, Warcraft Logs & Statistics: Part 3

A continuation of the blog series I started recently (Part 1, Part 2).

Another common question raised by players is the “My sims say I should do X DPS but I only get Y DPS on dummies or from WCL parses” one. Unfortunately all three approaches can’t reliably be cross-compared with each other for specific details. Read more of this post

Rankings & Detrimental Behaviour


Meters, Warcraft Logs & Statistics: Part 2

Earlier in the week I covered how there’s a feedback loop (or “snowball effect”) on players moving away from specs based on statistics. Today I’ll be looking at rankings, how these can distort the aggregated data on Warcraft Logs, and why taking non-optimal actions to increase rankings are bad.

In other words, padlords gonna pad, and it’s bad. Sorry, no graphs this time. Read more of this post

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

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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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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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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