As most of you will know, I wrote a forum post for stat weights for WoD. This expansion, though, I've switched to a spreadsheet. It's nothing revolutionary really, but I'm happy because I've been meaning to do this for a while for live servers. The new expansion gives me more motivation because I know my work will be useful for longer. The benefits of a spreadsheet include:
- First off, a lot of data and calculations and formulas can be re-used, which means I will be doing stat weights for dungeon content this expansion, and it won't even be difficult to maintain.
- The spreadsheet format allows for organized data layout to view all constants used in the stat weight formulas at once, and sorted by type.
- Recalculation of stat weights based on new estimates, new rotation changes introduced by set bonuses, or my own errors is now 1000 times easier, allowing me to make changes faster and with less effort.
- I should now be able to provide stat weights for new tiers in a matter of days instead of weeks.
- Probably the biggest advantage is that the weights are now user-configurable. What does this mean?
--- Plug in your own stats so you can see the best upgrades for you, at least in the short term. (No more cumbersome recalculating weights based on the new BiS every tier, and can also quickly be configured for scaled-down content. I will still be updating the gear defaults with BiS values so you can see what to ultimately aim for.)
--- LFR, Normal, or Heroic raider? No problem, just change the raid size constant from 20 to whatever you want.
--- Want to prioritize DPS or burst healing a little bit more? Tweak the "Value" constants (but I'd appreciate if you explain why here on the forums, so the spreadsheet defaults can reflect the community consensus).
--- Concerned an estimation is a bit off? Tweak the estimate and see how weights change, so you can share any alarming results with the community.
--- Plug in healing composition data pulled from your own parses to get precise stat weights for a specific boss encounter and your own healing style.
So anyway you're probably just dying for a link at this point:
LINK TO WEIGHTS
and a link to a blog post regarding the derivation of the formulas:
LINK TO FORMULA EXPLANATIONS
More detail on the formula explanations is coming later on the order of my WoD post; the above is just a quick summary.
P.S. Based on feedback I received from the last set of weights, this will now be its own thread for discussion specific to stat weights.