I've seen these before every major patch but haven't been able to find one for 5.2 which is coming out tomorrow. Does anyone know where to find it?
I don't think they finished writing the script for patch 5.2. If you want to run your own sims there are some PTR options on the last versions of sim 510. (I think they're up to sim 510-12.)
There's no official patch 5.2 release build right now, but there also wasn't any new changes since the last PTR build, so that should be the newest.
It's always been useless for any form of accurate spec comparisons anyway.
sims are pretty useless considering their results mean you perform flawless rotation on a single target without moving an inch (doesn't apply to all classes)
Stop using the word "worthless", none of it is worthless. Data is always good, you just need to understand the data.
Parses, so both WoL and raidbots, have huge issues with sampling bias creating a large disparity between specs, for example.
You can check different styles of fights from raid dummy, light movement, heavy movement to even a Patchwerk style.
You can check Player Skill for different skill levels from Elite, Good and Average that takes rotation into consideration.
Also people stop attempting to defend helter-skelter. It's never been comparable to any fight either.
And last time I used the player skill function the lower skill levels did up to 8k higher than elite, that did about 1k more than good.
People simply put way to much faith on sim being the end-all, its one wave in a sea, and blizzard does not listen to sims at all (however they will look at parses and GC has claimed to use raidbots for data).
Sims can be good to re-work reforging and stat weights, but I wouldn't put a ton of weight on what class they say does most dmg. Boomkins currently sim at bottom dps last I checked but all ptr testing is showing boomkins as one of the top dps atm.
Sims are not useless. They give a certain kind of information, you need to know what of it you can use. It is not very good at comparing max damage from specs against each others for one. However it is good to find out if doing someting different about your rotation would be a dps increase.
Raid bots is not always useless. Yes the players who "cheese" the numbers get up there, however it can still show the average capability of a spec's "cheesing" abilities and stuff like that. And on pure singletarget fights the numbers can atually be quite true.
World of Logs is not useless at all. The top100 parses function is basically the same as raid bots, besides not as nicely setup. The rest of it's functions are amazing.