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Friday, 27 February, 2009

IP Washing Machines

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 7:54 pm

I’m a geek and I frequently upload my combat logs, myocarditis both from raids but also from failing dungeon runs, page to WowWebStats, just for an idle peruse you understand.

As a healer I find the failing dungeon runs most interesting because if I see the boss putting out 3k damage per second then I can cuddle up to my security blanket and reassure myself that we wiped simply because there is absolutely no way I can outheal that level of damage. (Typically I put out 2k heals per second though I can peak at a little under 2.9k on patchwerk). WWS doesn’t actually bring much to healers that you don’t see at the time a wipe happens. Though I am occasionally interested in seeing what sort of damage is happening, just in case a resistance totem is going to be worth dropping next time I’m there.

A discussion has been going on in our guild forums about the worth of WWS, most players (quite rightly in my not so humble opinion) think that they are a curiosity rather than an invaluable tool. A few (mostly DPSers) think that they’re good for evaluating performance. The counter argument is that raw Damage per Second doesn’t take into account raid utility – if your assignment is Crowd Control, interrupting, purging, cleansing, etc, then your DPS is going to be lower, the raid wins, but your “ranking” drops.

Mind you, I don’t think I have even once heard any special assignment players called to task because their DPS was lacking. But of course WWS doesn’t show special assignments so two weeks later when people have forgotten the details things might not look quite so rosy.

I guess WWS has more utility with hardcore raiders where assignments are given out, (the munquis don’t usually bother), and you can go back and check to see if the healer (or whatever) is really concentrating on their assignment or just messing around.

All told I doubt that we’re going to get much out of these logs that we’re not getting out of recount.

Verdict: WWS is more of a curiousity than a real tool for a casual guild that raids.
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