Monthly Archives: March 2013

Sacréd bleu!

The comments section of last Friday’s post hosted some interesting discussions. Wrathblood pointed out that some of the avoidance gear sets were performing about as well as the Control/Haste set, and Kihra cautioned against counting out Control/Mastery entirely. There was … Continue reading

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Is Nothing Sacred?

I’ve been hinting all week that there was some big news coming up regarding our gearing choices.  If you’ve followed the last two rounds of smoothness simulations, it looks an awful lot like Control/Mastery is the solid winner.  To put … Continue reading

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Control Shift En-tier

About a week ago, Wrathblood asked me to take a more thorough look at the Tier 15 2-piece bonus. The earlier simulations I ran were based on a lower-ilvl gear set (496) which was more constrained in its itemization, and … Continue reading

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I can go make a blog in 2 minutes

Last week, a few people alerted me to a thread on the official WoW forums in which some players were arguing about the usefulness of AskMrRobot, and in particular its default stat weights.  As loyal readers, you probably already know … Continue reading

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Theorycrafting 101: Markov Chains

A few weeks ago, I was asked on Twitter whether I could provide the proof of the “proc buff uptime formula.” For those that aren’t aware, there’s a popular formula for calculating the uptime $U$ of a proc-based buff effect … Continue reading

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Patch 5.2 WeakAuras Configurations

It’s been a few months since I last posted about my WeakAuras strings for tanking.  Nothing seems to have broken in 5.2, so if you’re still using the old ones from 5.1 they should continue to function just fine.  However, … Continue reading

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5.2 Protection Links and Q&A

Since there are a few hours yet before we can all set foot on the Isle of Thunder, it seems like a good time to offer a brief roundup of updated information for 5.2.  Here are a handful of useful … Continue reading

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