Tools for Improvement

If you look around the web, you can find many tools to learn more about the game.  A large majority of people probably started off reading some type of guide from icy-veins or noxxic but in reality those are just the tip of the iceberg.

I want to improve my healing!
World of Logs is a powerful website which records almost every detail of an encounter.  To look your own log up, someone in your raid must be running the WoL client and recording logs.  If so you can just look up your “guildname + world of logs” in Google and will typically be directed to your guild home page which resembles a calender.  Any raids you have recorded on certain days will show up.  Depending on your raid schedule, heroic and normal raids will typically be recorded under different sets of logs. 

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Once you click on a particular log, it will open up a dashboard showing all information on that night (this includes wipes + kills on all bosses you tried that night for every character).

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If you want to look up your own logs, you can hover over the player drop down menu, mouseover your class and click on your name. After this, if you want to look at a particular fight, you can mouse over Full Report and mouseover either Kills, Bosses, etc to see exactly what you want.  Kills only includes successful boss kills.

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After this you will be taken to a page which looks like a plot. This shows 4 lines with different information about damage and healing done. Most likely you are looking specifically for either “Healing by spell” or “Damage by spell” tab.  This page will show both healing/damage done by you and healing/damage done on you. I’ll talk about this specifically pertaining to a healer.

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Under the “Healing by spell” tab, you will see several categories in the “Healing done” table (first table).  Healing done includes your total healing from the spell along with the percentage of your overall healing that spell contributed.  The “Hits” indicates regular heals and “crits” indicate critical heals.  If you add these two columns up you will get “Direct Heals”.  HoTs like eternal flame have additional information under the Ticks category.  Since HoTs can also crit, the value for crits includes these heals I’m not sure about the overlap in healing or if Ticks are only non-crit Ticks.  The healing done is a summary of healing from Direct Hits + Ticks for one row. The uptime category is valid for buffs or shields such as illuminated healing.

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Another tab which might be of importance especially to classes with cooldowns is the “Buffs cast” tab.  There are 3 tables on this tab.  The first table is interesting for people who want to see uptime on certain trinkets or buffs or how many times they were used.  As holy paladins, we can all use this table to see how well we’re using our cooldowns.  The power gains category shows holy power or mana gained from spells or potions.

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Almost 90% of the cases I’ve read about where holy paladins feel like they’re not healing enough is due to a low use of Holy Shock.  If you look at any of the WoL fights for paladins who rank, they almost always have at least a 10 HS/min ratio. If you find yourself lacking in healing I would advise making some kind of tracker for this spell.  On this page, you can see exactly how much holy power you’re getting.  With T14, you should try to aim for at least that ratio.  WoL is the single most important tool to look at to see what you’re doing wrong.  Perhaps you’re using too many Flash of Lights? Not enough holy shocks? Not using your T16 talent enough or cooldowns enough? Perhaps you’re just interested in how many times your trinket procced. All of these can be viewed on WoL.

What’s more is that you can even more in depth to the fight.  If you’re at the page for your character, you can mouseover the dropdown menu with your name and see a whole slew of things, one of which is the Expression Editor.

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The EE has its own query format which is relatively intuitive.  Supposed you want to see every spell you cast, you could type in a query to pull that information out from the log.  With the same logic, you can see how much damage the boss is doing or any one else.  You can also specify certain spells.  For example, if I wanted to see the buff from the LIC trinket, I could type in spell = “Restoration of the Infinite” which hopefully as you remember is the name of the heal spell from LIC.

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Querying ‘Lay on Hands’ here because no trinket 😦

You can even specify even more about what kind of spell it is.  Do you want it to be a healing spell or a spell that you gain or a spell that you cast?  You can do all sorts of things like this with expression editor and even more.  It would be too much for me to explain everything about it, but this is merely a way to introduce you.  They also have their own wiki on how to use it if you want to learn more.

Another thing you can use World of Logs for is to look at what people are doing right.  By clicking on the main logo, you will see the main page.  You can mouse over Rankings and look at specifically healing for Throne of Thunder for example.  You can then click on the tab associated with your raid 10/25 man normal or heroic and look at a specific fight by clicking “Rankings” under the boss name.

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You can specify only holy paladins by clicking the icon at the top associated with the class (looks like the holy light spell) and look at other people’s logs to see what kind of spells they’re using and how frequently.

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Now you might think, gee I wish I could easily compare someone’s log to mine instead of tabbing back and forth from page to page.  Well you’re in luck there’s a tool for that too.

Raidbots is a website which will exactly do this.  You can post your Parse URL which is simply the URL of your character page I mentioned before.  You should select a specific fight before putting in the URL and make sure it’s on your own page.  There’s a guide for this if you scroll to the bottom.  What this will do is compare your healing with the same spells or different spells against that of the log you want to look at which you should paste into the one of the other Parse URL text boxes. You can compare your cooldown usage or healing and see where the differences are.  When doing this, I typically like to use logs of high-ranked players who have similar fight lengths because it is a more equal comparison.  There are of course always discrepancies unrelated to performance but at least you can see a ratio between the spells to see if you should be using something more or less.

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Raidbots also has two other tools “DPS Bot” and “Epeen Bot”.

“DPS Bot” shows a charge of the top 100 players by default.  You can adjust this to use a different statistic such as median to rule out those who are seriously padding their dps or healing. You can sample at a lower rate to get higher resolution in your plot as well. You can specifically look at certain classes, such as only healing or only feral druids or only priests for example.  You can also pick specific fights which is useful because classes often do better on some fights and it’s important to keep this in mind.

“Epeen Bot” does exactly what it says in the sense that it can either enlarge or shrink it.  Simply type in your realm and character name and it will output a graph of all of your logs. You can select specific fights to see if you’ve improved or refressed over time and also view your percentile. If you’re in the top 80% then you’re basically doing better than 80% of the other healers out there.  (I think it’s healers and not class specific but I’m not sure.)

I want to look for my BiS!
Everyone’s probably heard of AskMrRobot but did you know about all the things you can do with it? After loading your character in, you can set different options when looking up your BiS gear such as non-heroic T15 or thunderforged items.

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You can put in your own custom stat weights by clicking Edit Weights under the dropdown menu for weights. You can find the best items and optimize them to your desired weights as well.

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Supposed I want to find an upgrade for my double upgraded Eye of Ancient Spirit.  If I click on the item, it will show a list of items which are best.  The enchants and gems are individually ranked by your stat weights.  The score you see is more of a relative term and does not translate directly to an increase in HPS or something like that.  I can change things such as item upgrade level, enchants or even gems on the item by simply clicking them at the top.

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Mr. Robot also has a premium version which will help you choose the best items to roll coins on and other things however sometimes I think the weight system is dodgy.  I expect that it’s useful to some degree though.

The thing I’ve discovered recently which I think personally is the best I the item comparison tool on Wowhead.  You can do almost any kind of item comparison you want.  Here’s one I did for 522 plate chests, socketing preferentially mastery gems (int/mastery for red and yellow, spirit/mastery for blue). Green numbers are the highest numbers.  If I wanted the highest numbers in mastery then I would pick the first item as the best however notice how low the spirit is because the piece does not have innate spirit. This is why Lei-Shen’s chestplace is known to be the best offpiece for the T15 set.

You can also form item sets. Let us take the traditional off piece with no spirit to be best in slot and compare a normal T14 set vs a normal T15 set as was asked in a question earlier today.  I will use the normal version of the best non-tier plate pants (Matter-Swapped from Dark Animus) as the off piece for T14 and the Lei Shen’s chesplate as the off piece for T15.

I just wanted to share something quickly with you.  The link to the comparison above is a set of numbers:

  • 94734.0.4418.0.76672.76645.0.0.141;
  • 94989.0.4418.0.76645.76579.0.0.154;
  • 95074.0.4418.0.76579.76579.0.0.147;
  • 95151.0.4418.0.76606.76645;
  • 95285.0.4418.0.76606.76606.76645.0.147

The first is the item number and after that are all of the recorded enchants and gems.  For an easy comparison, you can always save the number corresponding to an item.  Numbers separate with “:” are part of one set and number separated with “;” are different sets.

Here is the link to this comparison. In summary, T15 will provide approximately the following:

  • 1,100 int
  • 800 spirit
  • 500 mastery
  • 750 haste

This is actually a lot lower than my estimate of 3000 int so you can see from this how undesirable T15.

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I’ll conclude here today, but I hope everyone’s learn some more ways to improve.

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