Category Archives: Theorycrafting

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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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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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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BlizzCon Wishlist/Predictions

With BlizzCon coming later this week, we’ll soon be inundated with information about the next expansion.  Or at least, I think most of us assume that Friday’s “World of Warcraft: What’s Next?” presentation will reveal the next expansion.  I guess … Continue reading

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Simulationcraft v540-5, Warcraft Logs, and BlizzCon

Sorry that I’ve been silent for a while, the last few weeks have been very busy.  Between family obligations and a number of other projects, I just haven’t had a lot of time to blog.  Also, I was pretty happy … Continue reading

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Dousing the Flame?

Late last night, it was announced that we’d be seeing some hotfixes during server maintenance this week.  There were two announcements concerning protection paladins.  The first was a nerf to the RPPM proc rates of the intellect legendary cloaks (caster … Continue reading

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EF & You?

If you’ve been paying attention to the PTR patch notes, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a big change coming in 5.4.  I’m not talking about the change to Grand Crusader, which is mostly irrelevant to how we gear and spec.  … Continue reading

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Stamina Breakpoints?

Last week I investigated two different situations where Simcraft was giving a user stat weights that seemed wrong.  These turned out to be pretty interesting, and are situations that other players could encounter at some point, so I decided it … Continue reading

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