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Tankadin Patch 5.4 Survival Guide

Protection paladins are receiving a number of peripheral changes in 5.4, but nothing that changes our core mechanics.  We’re still going to be stacking haste thanks to Sanctity of Battle – in fact it’s even on two of our tier … 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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Simulationcraft 101: Getting Started

As I mentioned on twitter last week, version 530-5 of Simulationcraft has been released.  This is the first version to include the Theck-Meloree Index, a damage smoothing metric we developed in a series of previous blog posts. However, Simcraft is … Continue reading

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Blood, Toil, Tears, and Threat

A few days ago, my friend Llarold asked me if I had done any calculation about the new threat bonus on taunts in 5.4.  In the past, I had worked out a rough formula for how long it took to … Continue reading

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The Making of a Metric: Part 3

In our last installment, we nailed down the weight factors we’ll use for our smoothness metric.  Today we’re going to wrap it up by specifying normalization conditions for the histogram and formally defining the metric. To refresh your memory a … Continue reading

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The Making of a Metric: Part 2

In our last post, we decided on a functional form for our metric.  And while I didn’t write it out in full mathematical formalism, the pieces were all there.  In short, we start with a damage histogram $H(x)$ computed by … Continue reading

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The Making of a Metric: Part 1

Simulationcraft now has full support for protection paladin mechanics, and hopefully in a week or two I’ll get around to writing a how-to blog post on using it and interpreting the data.  Once I write a few batch files, it … Continue reading

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Tiers Are The Silent Language Of Grief

As you may have noticed, the PTR went up recently.  And with it, we got some reveals of our set bonuses for T16.  Let’s take a brief look at them and ponder their usefulness. 2-piece bonus The 2-piece bonus grants … Continue reading

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A Tier In My Eye

Sorry for the slow updates, I’ve been deeply engrossed in a secret side project that I’ll hopefully get around to unveiling/announcing next week. However, for this week’s installment of “what Theck could throw together in his spare time” I bring … Continue reading

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Out of Insight, Out of Mind

In the last post, we discussed a variety of topics related to modeling Seal of Insight.  Now it’s time to put that modeling discussion to work. The Model I decided to stick with the conclusion I came to in my … Continue reading

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