Author Archives: Theck

Vengeance, With A Vengeance

The developers have been hinting that a major info dump is coming soon™, and that probably includes some more detail about how Vengeance will work in Warlords of Draenor. If you’re a long-time reader of the blog, you probably know … Continue reading

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A Comedy of Error – Part II

As I said in Part I, I observed some strange error behavior in the 5.4.2 Rotation Analysis post. Now that we’ve had a thorough (and lengthy) review of the statistics of error analysis, It’s time we looked more carefully at the … Continue reading

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A Comedy of Error – Part I

In the 5.4.2 Rotation Analysis post, I mentioned that I was looking into some odd behavior in the SimC error statistics: I’m actually doing a little statistical analysis on SimC results right now to investigate some deviations from this prediction, … Continue reading

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5.4.2 Rotation Analysis

In December, I talked about the code I’ve written to automate the testing of Simcraft profiles. In that post, I tackled the two easiest simulations to write: glyphs and talents. In both of those cases, we’re just editing a single … Continue reading

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5.4.2 WeakAuras Strings

It’s been a little while since 5.4 was released, and I’ve still been tweaking my WeakAuras here and there as I go. I’ve finally made enough tweaks that I thought it was worth sharing with the class. Again, the updated … Continue reading

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Itemization Value of 4T16

Last week, Fouton from Icy Veins asked me whether I had tried to determine an “ilvl value” for the tier 16 4-piece set bonus. Stated another way, the problem he was trying to solve was twofold: Is it worth using … Continue reading

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A Letter to Celesty Claus

Every Winter Veil, children of both factions write letters to Greatfather Winter and ask for toys and games. In the meantime, their parents are writing letters and saying prayers to a completely different deity: Celesty Claus, the great celestial dragon … Continue reading

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MATLAB Automation Code

So it’s finally time to unveil a project I’ve been working on intermittently for the last three months.  If you recall, in the past I maintained a suite of MATLAB DPS simulations that attempted to determine optimal rotations, stats, glyphs, … Continue reading

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Post-Blizz-Con Wrap-Up, Part 2

In the last post, I ranted about time travel and lore. This time, I’m going to talk about some of the mechanical changes that were announced at BlizzCon. Stats, Reforging, and Gear There were a lot of different gear-related changes … Continue reading

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Post-Blizz-Con Wrap-Up, Part 1

I had a great time at BlizzCon, and met a lot of great people.  It’s really fun to meet someone in person that you’ve only ever interacted with online, either via Twitter, in blog comments, or in-game. Unfortunately, this year … Continue reading

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