Archive for October, 2009

How to Read a Raid Log

October 19, 2009

Every time I raid, I try to run a log. What that means is I give the client a command (/combatlog), and WoW spits out every single line of combat into a text file. If you’ve ever wondered exactly what happens in a fight, however, this is the thing to refer to. It’s sort of humbling.

In my case, I use an addon to turn the combat log on and off, because I am lazy. Clsaver does a wonderful job for me, because all I have to do is tell it once which instances I want to record, and it remembers that for the future. Then I can blissfully forget about it until it’s time to upload logs.

Unfortunately, WoW doesn’t do anything smart, like make separate combat logs for each time it records. No, it puts it all into one big (BIG) text file. While I used to go through the file by hand and delete the battles I didn’t care about, that would literally take half an hour at a time. Eventually I badgered my husband into writing a combat log parser that would extract logs from the dates I requested. It’s worked like a charm ever since.

Once I have a single text file of the log I want to upload, I then choose a log service to upload it to. WWS used to be my favorite, but it’s been horribly neglected since before Ulduar. Most recently, BMR moved on to using World of Logs and while I disliked it at first, I’ve come to really appreciate how much information it manages to show on one page. The colored line graphs are pretty, too. ^.^

With all that said, I’m always wary of any log I record that puts me on the top of the meters. So I usually wait for another raid member to post their uploaded log, and go by those numbers. But for some reason, nobody’s been posting logs lately…and thus, I have only my own to look at.

Last night, we ran 25-man ToC and VoA.

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So…yeah. >.>

Here are the basics for reading a dps report on WoL:

Column 1: Player Name
The player names go here. When you click on the triangle, it will bring up all the names associated with that player’s damage output – mainly, pets – and the associated numbers across the board. All the names are color-coded for class, save Mahrou, who’s blue. My wolf is not a Mage.  O.o

Column 2: Total Damage Done
This is the total amount of damage done by that player for the entire raid. When you have pets showing, it will show the individual damage done by the player and his pet.

Column 3: Percent of Total Damage Done
This column takes the total damage done by the player, and gives a percentage based on that damage out of damage done by the entire raid. When pets are showing, it gives individual percentages for both player and pet.

Column 4: DPS Done
The next two columns are tricky. This first one gives you your DPS (damage-per-second) for the time that you were active during the raid. Once again, it will show the pet dps separate from the player dps.

Column 5: Effective DPS Done
This is the real dps number, since it takes your damage over the fight and calculates it over the full duration of the fight. So you might’ve done 5k dps while you were alive, but bit the dust halfway through, making your effective dps 2500. Can be very humbling.

Column 6: Active Time
Simply, this is how long you were alive and kicking during the fight. It even gives you a percentage, in case your forgot how early on you started eating floor.

These are just the basics of reading a raiding log – you can click around on almost every item in the list, and each page will give you more detailed information on the fight. If I clicked ‘Tchann’ on the report pictured above, it would show me all the attacks I used during the battle, how many hit, how many hit critically, etc…a plethora of information that can be vital for truly tricking out your character.

Now that the log primer is out of the way, I can get to my real point in posting this: don’t let anyone EVER tell you Beast Mastery isn’t raid viable. Right up there is proof to the contrary. 🙂

Back on Top

October 5, 2009

Last night was my first foray back into raiding after not only a decent-sized hiatus, but also acquiring the Highwind. The night was eventful, to say the very least.


To say more than the least, it was lots of fun. 😀

We started off at VoA to slap down the two big bosses, then flew up to the Tournament to give ToC a shot. It took many, many wipes on Anub’arak to get him down, but down he went anyway. For the hell of it we ran over to Onyxia and beat her down as well, thus bringing my first-time-boss-fight total for the night to three.

And despite having not been raiding for weeks on end, and being significantly behind the rest of the guild gear-wise (I couldn’t even roll on the trophies that dropped, because you needed to have 45 emblems first), I still came in third on the dps meters.

The most amusing part of the night? My bow broke during our fourth attempt at Anub’arak. About three shots in, no less. After running around for a few seconds, completely clueless as to what to do, I did the only thing I could think of: melee. I felt like a moron but still contributed 2400 dps to the wipe! 😀

While my dps on the Anub’arak kill was less than stellar, there was something important to be gained from the log. My total dps for the fight was 4700. Tchann’s personal dps was 2600, where Mahrou’s dps was 2100. That’s right, even after the pet nerf, my pet still did a solid 44% of my total dps on a boss kill.

I love being a Beastmaster. ^.^

Three Cubed

October 1, 2009

27.

It’s an interesting number.

If you see an alt running around at level 27, it shows that the player has definitely put some effort into that character…but not nearly as much as a level 50, 65, or 80. It’s an odd place between casual and hardcore that makes it difficult to determine how serious a player is about a character.

The same number of talent points is a frustrating place – enough to snag the 20-point talent in a tree, but not enough to really effectively split your spec between two trees. And still three short of hitting the 30-point talent.

Twenty-seven is two stacks of Honeymint Tea, three stacks of Un’goro Gorilla Pelts, and seven more Underspore Pods than anyone can carry. It’s my fortune awaiting me outside Palemane Rock, and the Lashtails trapping Ajeck and Sir Erlgadin. It’s the requirement for Crystalpine Stinger and Tusken Helm.

It’s also what I’ll be for the next year. ^.^ Here’s hoping it’s a good one!