For those interested in numbers I am going to start posting AMR combat logs for our SoO runs. I'm really liking their work on how they show the logs.
Heyyy, I didn't know you were taking these! Alright!
There's one huge thing I dislike about AMR - no expression editor. In WoL, I can write an expression editor that can help me figure out your exact rotation efficiency - for instance, whether or not a mage is casting ice lance when they have the ice lance buff, or if they accidentally get a third buff without spending one of the first two.
I would LOVE to see that.
09-14 (Part 1: In which we break ourselves)http://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/6a126d19-ec7a-4fa8-bcb8-df95047fde41/overview
09-14 (Part 2: In which we are so goddamn fucking good at this game)http://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/0efab8fd-d7ec-406d-90eb-97c873d3e6de/overview
09-14 (Part 3: Whee)http://beta.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/fe9d2d24-157f-4387-b6d9-575fa948d44a/overview
10-02 (Back from Hullabaloo)
I noticed that in those logs, my "Active Time" is consistently much lower than everyone else. I'll go ahead and assume that is bad. So in the interest of wanting to improve:
1. What is "active time"? Is that the amount of time I'm actually doing damage to the boss?
2. Why is mine much lower?
3. What can I do to improve? I suppose that's an obvious question...:)
Active time is time that you are doing stuff. So looking at Protector for example, for every second it takes you to switch targets; you are not actively doing stuff while you target. Also you might have gaps in your current rotation.
Two things to help with this:
1) Keybind as much as you can; Every time you have to click something on your screen you are taking time to actually move your mouse and make sure you click the right one. That takes the focus off what you are doing. (Mind you I know people that can not physically use their keyboard, and do top dps clicking, I am not an anti-clicker. In most peoples cases clicking takes to more time than forcing yourself to muscle memorize buttons, and to do that you need to just practice)
2) In wow most classes come down to ABCs - Always be casting stuff.
If you can't because you don't have the focus/engery/rage/mana you should be using your filler spells more. When I first started being a dps, coming from a healer I had this issue a lot. To help me with this I used a couple mods to help.
First being Quartz, it's a casting bar that shows you with your lag when you should start casting your next spell. It also has a line that shows you went your global is up so you don't cast to early.
Second is Weakaura's I think everyone knows how much I love it. By putting information about procs/cooldowns and other information I need closer to the action on my screen there's less of me thinking "okay the hero is going to be in about a minute will I have my cool downs up in time?" which slows down my "doing stuff the to boss" brain processing time.
See how I have a cool down timer to tell me the cool down of wild growth and tranq just left of the main tank? because that is where I'm mostly going to be looking. (I'm not talking about the box that says cool downs on the right. That's raid wide and shows me everyone's big cool downs) I also have a weak aura right above the raid to remind me about my 4peice, my mastery (not shown since I had it up at the time) and time left on my tank hot.
You can also see I'm casting tranq in that pic, see the red bar at the end? that's when I can start casting my next spell with out it cutting off the end of tranq.
I thought Kleio's UI might help the dpser's see stuff better. Quartz (the casting bar) takes into account how much you are lagging (or not) and changes that red part of the casting bar so you can start casting the next spell when it hits the red.
That makes a whole lot of sense, thanks @Celsh . I'll get Quartz and while I already have WA, I know I don't use it enough. Commence tweaking!!!
Gotta host Kleio's UI somewhere else - it's not showing on the forum.
12-7-14: We ride again!
Part 1: http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/5ecb5641-a3d2-42b4-b162-e970f7bdb96d/overview
Part 2: http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/f62fa8c3-8f3e-4c74-ae2c-4c987331a7f1/overview
So bad... sigh.
12-14-14: Progress for the sake of Progress
@Thrax you can see who was bad and who wasn't by looking at the AMR logs. I was bad 10 times in this particular fight, being hit by Fracture.http://www.askmrrobot.com/wow/combatlog/67458ab1-8b57-4db0-94f7-6c7a644c32a4/report/17#v=0,d=2,c=26
Sorry I had to bail last night, guys. 80% packet loss means no raiding How did it go?
Couldn't get Tectus down on Normal, went to Kargath on H and got him down then called it.
12-15-14: In which we switch (sorta, just trying out warcraftlogs: click this link and signup to join the guild if you'd like)
Peace out, Tectus + Twins .
Lol -- the "tanks run away" bit is kinda funny to watch on the replay.
Consider thyself retributededed.
Yea, dem nerfed pallys
Two parts for tonight