How to be the best that you can be in World of Warcraft
World of Warcraft is an expansive game, but one that ultimately runs on Math Almighty. If you see the Matrix for what it is, you can begin to harness it for your benefit in both time saved and DPS out in a raid. Before we begin let me give a few opening statements:
- The Matrix dictates that there's only one right way to play your class. This is the boring truth. If you play this way, no other combination of gear, specs and abilities will yield higher DPS.
- "BIS" means "best-in-slot." BIS items are pieces of gear that are the absolute best piece of gear to use in this slot on your character. For example, my best-in-slot belt is the Cannoneer's Multipocket Gunbelt. Sometimes it will seem like an item isn't best-in-slot, but it can become a best-in-slot item when it fits as a puzzle piece into a constellation of perfectly-itemized gear. Trust in AskMrRobot.
- Complete your Warforged Seal quest as often as possible. Never forget it. In raids, these seals allow you another opportunity to roll and obtain loot from a given boss' loot table.
For example, let's say there's a boss with two BIS items for you (Galakras is one for me), and one of your BIS items drops from that boss. You might want to use a Warforged Seal for a shot at another piece of loot and, hopefully, your second BIS piece from that boss. Alternatively, you can use your Warforged Seal for a shot at loot if the boss drops nothing for you on his/her own.
- Run Tier 16 content. That's Siege of Orgrimmar. The first difficulty level for Siege of Orgrimmar is "Looking for Raid," or LFR.
LFR raids can be accessed from the in-game raid finder tool, which works just like queueing for a random dungeon. WoW doesn't make it very obvious, but LFR breaks down the entire Siege of Orgrimmar raid into four mini-raids that you can repeatedly attempt:
You can repeat LFR raids as often as you like, but you only get one chance to loot the boss for an item. After that point, you can re-run LFR raids to continue using Warforged Seals. Ultimately, LFR will allow you to reach the ilvl 528-540 range. You should start looking for normal raids at that point.
Normal raids cannot be queued for, but you can join pre-made groups with the in-game Dungeons and Raids tool. People will label their raids as the normal difficulty, so you only have to search for it:
Normal will get you into the ilvl 550 range. At the raid leader's discretion, loot will use the "personal loot" system (works like LFR) or the more standard loot rules like master looter or threshold. At that point you break ilvl 550, it's time to step up to heroic raids.
Heroic raids will get you to the ilvl 560-570 range, at which point you are ready for the most difficult content: Mythic raids. Like normal raids, heroic raids are joined through the premade group tool. Just search for them:
With the preamble out of the way, let me show you how you can quickly get the most out of your character:
1. Make an account at AskMrRobot -- this website is your one-stop shop to analyze your current character, determine your BIS items, and get a sense of how to spend your Warforged Seals. DON'T BE CHEAP. PAY FOR A SUBSCRIPTION.
2. For today's example, I will be using my newly-90 Monk, Soliri. Upon logging in, I hit the big green "OPTIMIZE YOUR CHARACTER" button. In the provided boxes of the new window, I selected our server, entered my name and "LOAD."
3. Now I see my current character profile as reported by the armory. There's my gear, spec, ilvl, stats, etc.
4. What are the finest upgrade opportunities for content I can do by myself? Let's find out by hitting the green arrow and going to Best in Slot. Then click "Filters and Options."
Because my ilvl is less than what LFR offers, I already know that LFR is a great place for me to start! The settings in my image below make the assumption that I: want those LFR items, am willing to pay for excellent crafted gear, can run heroic dungeons and scenarios, am not doing world raid bosses, don't have or want Burdens of Eternity, don't want to rely on zone/trash drops and won't be gathering PVP gear.
These settings are a safe assumption for anyone new to being level 90, but those ready to raid higher tiers of content just need to select a different raid gear level. (NOTE: Those with a legendary cloak will want to enable Ordos.)
5. Now let's see what turned up! First, we see that everything is iLvl 528, and if I click on the items, it shows me that it's suggesting SoO items. Great! Our item filters are working! Finally, we can see every gem and enchant I need to achieve oneness with The Matrix.