Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Crib Sheet

Feel free to download this image, print it out, pin it to your chest. It is pretty much what goes through my head while destroying anything in my path. Keeping in mind I am a fury warrior. I will provide an Arms warrior sheet soon.
'Till then, enjoi.

Simple Math?

Darkmoon Card: Greatness

Fury of the Five Flights

Taking a look at these 2 trinkets, you must do some math to figure out whats going on here. Fury of the Five Flights offers 16 x 20 = 320 AP.

While The Greatness Darkmoon Card offers 90 Str = 180 AP.
Clear winner right? Even with that proc chance, 320 extra constant AP in a raid boss encounter is amazing. Well that is a true statement. But Strength to a warrior means so much more, Thanks to the Fury tree talent Improved Berserker Stance; an extra 20% more Strength! So The Darkmoon Card is actually giving us 90 x 120% x 2 = 216 AP. And the proc gives Fury warriors 360 bonus strength!

Also the time needed to get the full 20 stacks is more than you might think, not to mention if that stack happened to fall off, your back to zero. So use Fury of the Five Flights until you can scrap together your Nobles Card Set.

Remember how Fury warriors get 20% extra strength when choosing all pieces of gear. It can add up. As for the Arms warriors, you only get a mere 4%.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Theorycrafting 101

Theorycrafting is maximizing the right stats by taking advantage of the built-in formulas of WoW. As you might have heard, warriors are the most gear dependent class in the game. This is definitely true. Everyone knows the bread and butter stats of a DPS warrior are strength and crit. But what about expertise and hit, armor penetration and haste? How should you use these, and when does one become less valuable then the next?
Wonder no more. this spreadsheet will help you figure that out. Last night I ran my characters gear set through the Excel spreadsheet and it blew me away. It told me to equip 5 pieces of gear out of my bank that I thought were downgrades. This couldn't be right...

Man, I was wrong. I pulled 4300 dps overall in a heroic Nexus. almost 500-600 over my normal amount. This thing works.

Now by taking a look at the screenshot you can tell it is a bit complex. You don't need to know what all the numbers mean. The important ones are the overall DPS at the top, and the Rating caps window at the bottom left. Input your characters armory at the top, and it will fill in all your gear for you. Once that's done, click over to the lookup tab at the bottom. This puts every piece of gear you currently have into a list of other items for that slot. Better and worse. You will find some of your gear that you already own may give you more DPS!

Anyway enough of me talking about it. Here is the link to download the spreadsheet. The author updates it with every patch, so check back often to get the latest version. You will need Excel 2007 to run it. Excel 2003 will not work, nor will Open Office or Google Docs. You can download a 60 Day free trial at the Microsoft website.

Make sure you read the intro slide on the Excel document. It will help you set it up and teach you the basics of how to use it. And a big thank you to Landsoul for taking the time to code it up.