Ask Mr Robot – Again

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.
Francis Bacon

Ask Mr Robot – Again

Back in June 2016, I read Vee Tegen’s article How Warcraft simulators can help improve your game.

This is Ask Mr Robot stuff. I tried the simulator and struggled hard. There were too many advanced buttons to choose on before you could press “go”. The wait time was long and, I felt that it would never work for me.

Yesterday (trumpet fanfare) I tried it again! Here in November 2016, it is now much more user friendly. I loaded my character and tried Simulate. I looked at the results and then changed a Talent and ran it again.

Totally fun.

It’s all about me! Who knew simulators were all about me? I love it, I spent about an hour tinkering with my character and answering questions that I’ve had for a long time.

I think my main gripe when reading Class Guides is that I want to know what my top three spells should be if I am “doing it right”. I can follow a guide but without that top three spell knowledge, I am uncertain and insecure; especially playing a new class or role. The simulator at Ask Mr Robot answers that question.

I can see the shift in value for Wild Growth, for example, depending on the healing style and the Talents. And I can begin to understand … why. The beautiful thing is that it opens a new window with the Simulation. Close that new window, change your talents and Sim Again!

I can’t recommend this exercise any higher or greater; go over to Ask Mr Robot, load your character and “optimize gear”, this will load your stuff. I don’t use the addon, I don’t pay extra; the tool is open and free to use.

Legion Dual Spec: Leftovers

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Charles Dickens

Legion Dual Spec: Leftovers

I’ve been going over this article again today. I also went over to Wowhead and my anti-virus software freaked out, disinfected and ran scans. Egads, Wowhead.

The astonishing premise is that you can pay attention to your off-spec artifact and give it good trait progression without hindering your main-spec at all.

This goes counter to almost all of the news, blogs and information sites who all say to invest solely in your main. The article is at Ask Mr Robot. I’d think everyone in the world would be interested in getting this news out before Legion begins.

AMR even made a chart, which I will try to embed here on this blog (c’mon wordpress!).

How can it be possible? The deal is two-fold. One, each trait costs more and more (the final trait costs over one million points) so you can easily have smaller “leftovers” which are very meaningful to your lagging off-spec. Two, you are gaining in Artifact Knowledge, which acts as a multiplier, so that off-spec traits get a boost (which you did not have on the first pass with your main).

The chart by AMR shows on the left if you poured all of your points into your Main. On the right, if you also pointed up an off-spec and you can see that your Main is not negatively impacted.

Imagine that you are a dungeon healer and you quest as a melee. All of your top-end stuff is on your healer. Yet, when you swap to your melee, you have all the gear that you have earned and a darned good off-spec artifact (about 80% compared to your main).

I have yet to play Legion, of course. But, I’ll certainly be learning how to use my “leftovers” to invest in my off-spec. Dual specced in Legion over the first three months to six months will be fantastic.

Dual Spec in Legion

“When you are courting a nice girl an hour seems like a second. When you sit on a red-hot cinder a second seems like an hour. That’s relativity.”
Albert Einstein

Dual Spec in Legion

The information comes out of Ask Mr Robot in this article: A Guide to Identifying the Best Artifact Path.

Over a 28 week arc (seven months!), there is a chart that shows or proves that you can dual spec without harming the path of your main spec. This is astonishing.

On week three (when we start raiding) you could have 20 artifacts traits on your main or … 20 artifact traits on your main and 14 on your off-spec. At week 16 (four months-ish) they match up for a while.

This is astonishing and changes everything.

This suggests that the best path is the dual-spec path, especially for the first six months of Legion. That first six months might dictate our play-style and brand our Legion experience.

Imagine that you are a hunter with Beast Mastery and Marksman. You quest as BM and raid as MM which is totally viable according to AMR. Imagine further that instead of changing talents, your specs are set up for single target vs AoE.

Imagine being a Druid. You love your kitty, you named it Brad. But to raid, you love to heal or tank — totally viable. Any dual spec combination can work. Go ahead set up a fire mage raider and a frost mage pvp. We are not being punished, our solid choices are expanded.

I have so much to learn but that proof is at AMR. I can’t tell you “do this with your traits”, at least not yet, but with this support we can realistically imagine a dual-spec experience in Legion.

A good day in Azeroth!