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 Forum: Mages 12/21/10, 8:44 PM Replies: 1,672 Views: 1,157,140 Posted By Ivorthemage Tried using the new Rawr using a browser, and... Tried using the new Rawr using a browser, and saving local copy. It is taking about 30 seconds just to register that I clicked something, making it unusable. Not seeing anyone else here with same...
 Forum: Mages 04/10/10, 1:05 PM Replies: 570 Views: 226,967 Posted By Ivorthemage Ah, in which case I apologize for trying to teach... Ah, in which case I apologize for trying to teach a grandmother how to knit. :) My experience is limited to playing around with it using Excel's solver function in a grad school modelling class. So...
 Forum: Mages 04/10/10, 12:50 PM Replies: 570 Views: 226,967 Posted By Ivorthemage "linear programming" is the mathematical tool... "linear programming" is the mathematical tool behind programs like Rawr that calculate optimal spell cycles. Linear programming - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
 Forum: Mages 04/10/10, 11:43 AM Replies: 570 Views: 226,967 Posted By Ivorthemage Hard to know how to interpret most of these as... Hard to know how to interpret most of these as their effectiveness is determined by so many unknowns. Flame Orb: Sounds like fire-and-forget damage to anything in its path. I see possibility as a...
 Forum: Mages 10/19/09, 8:50 PM Replies: 1,672 Views: 1,157,140 Posted By Ivorthemage In my opinion one of the biggest things that... In my opinion one of the biggest things that distinguishes mages of equal gear and spec is how aggressively they push the latency bar. One of things I do with new mages is to have them practice casts...
 Forum: Mages 10/14/09, 8:43 AM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Because of elemental precision, frost hit caps... Because of elemental precision, frost hit caps earlier than fire does. Arcane of course caps even earlier, but arcane compensates by getting comparatively more value out of Int and spirit. And you...
 Forum: Mages 10/13/09, 9:22 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage The scorch glyph looks interesting as well. I ran... The scorch glyph looks interesting as well. I ran some quick simulations in Rawr with a spec built around a LB/Pyro/scorch sequence, relying on scorch's higher crit rate and faster cast times to...
 Forum: Mages 10/13/09, 8:38 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Main problem with frost is scaling. It still... Main problem with frost is scaling. It still scales horribly with crit, hit, spirit and Int, and with soft haste caps looking likely, Icecrown gear is likely to cause other specs to break away,...
 Forum: Mages 10/13/09, 11:30 AM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage When I plug BiS gear into Rawr, it disagrees with... When I plug BiS gear into Rawr, it disagrees with the consensus that Tailoring is the best profession for mages, at least for arcane. Lightweave is a 84.8 dps upgrade over Greater Speed. In...
 Forum: Mages 10/12/09, 6:18 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Yeah, I think a few things have been missed about... Yeah, I think a few things have been missed about the set bonuses... Proc rates are much higher for arcane than frost and fire. arcanists just ignore their proc until they get a 4 stack. That will...
 Forum: Mages 02/24/09, 6:50 PM Replies: 1,700 Views: 541,743 Posted By Ivorthemage Deleted due to misunderstanding a post. Deleted due to misunderstanding a post.
 Forum: Mages 02/24/09, 6:43 PM Replies: 1,700 Views: 541,743 Posted By Ivorthemage Betting money that the LB glyph is coded very... Betting money that the LB glyph is coded very simply, and acts like any other crit for a fire mage, proccing hot streaks, consuming combustion, and proccing MOE. Napkin math tells me that the net...
 Forum: Mages 02/09/09, 12:41 PM Replies: 3,728 Views: 3,454,477 Posted By Ivorthemage 1) I see a loophole for using POM with arcane... 1) I see a loophole for using POM with arcane power if you have the AP glyph. Can use it to squeeze in an instant nuke during the extra 3 seconds you get from the glyph. 2) If you can't use POM...
 Forum: Mages 02/08/09, 9:01 PM Replies: 3,728 Views: 3,454,477 Posted By Ivorthemage It is pretty easy to ballpark its dps. For my... It is pretty easy to ballpark its dps. For my gear, rawr currently places its dps at 127.04, completely ignoring the proc. Embrace, with identical spell damage is valued at 217.96. That puts the...
 Forum: Mages 02/08/09, 8:26 AM Replies: 3,728 Views: 3,454,477 Posted By Ivorthemage Yes. Since the Egg only procs off of AM, it will... Yes. Since the Egg only procs off of AM, it will take a bit longer, on average, for it to proc after the internal cooldown has reset. 20 seconds for Egg in my testing, versus ~10 for the Embrace....
 Forum: Mages 02/08/09, 12:18 AM Replies: 3,728 Views: 3,454,477 Posted By Ivorthemage I have been playing around with the Egg of Mortal... I have been playing around with the Egg of Mortal Essence, after reading that it was proccing off of arcane missiles. Yes, it will probably get fixed some time soon, but I had nothing else worthwhile...
 Forum: Mages 02/05/09, 2:25 PM Replies: 1,672 Views: 1,157,140 Posted By Ivorthemage Once again, awesome program. A couple issues I... Once again, awesome program. A couple issues I have been having: 1) Periodically, when launching the program I get a warning that I am using an older version of the item cache, and when it loads...
 Forum: Mages 01/09/09, 5:16 PM Replies: 1,603 Views: 1,600,044 Posted By Ivorthemage The only exception to that I have run across is... The only exception to that I have run across is Kel. Get mana bombed a few times, and lose a few people early on, and its perfectly possible to need and use three gems, a mana pot, and two evocs....
 Forum: Mages 01/09/09, 2:17 PM Replies: 2,838 Views: 1,236,652 Posted By Ivorthemage This can be significant. I ran into this problem... This can be significant. I ran into this problem and think I have mostly fixed it. I have a decent computer and card. Pentium 4 dual core, 2GB ram, GEforce 7600. Not state of the art, not not an...
 Forum: Mages 01/02/09, 5:14 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage All a simulator will tell you is that it depends... All a simulator will tell you is that it depends on fight length and which buffs you can synchronize. If delaying 30 seconds doesn't cause you to lose an activation (you still fit in 2 trinket uses,...
 Forum: Mages 12/29/08, 4:48 PM Replies: 1,603 Views: 1,600,044 Posted By Ivorthemage The issue of casting latency isn't discussed... The issue of casting latency isn't discussed nearly as much as it should be in mage tips and tricks, because all of the good mages know it and account for it. But I constantly run across people who...
 Forum: Mages 12/23/08, 5:52 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage Has anyone run the dps comparisons for an arcane... Has anyone run the dps comparisons for an arcane build that includes improved scorch, under an assumption that the caster is hit capped even without elemental precision? Arcane gets 3% from arcane...
 Forum: Mages 12/16/08, 6:34 PM Replies: 216 Views: 45,905 Posted By Ivorthemage 1) From an immediate perspective, the argument is... 1) From an immediate perspective, the argument is entirely academic. Mages do have useless stats covering most of their gear, but they are *balanced* around this fact, and don't run out of mana. If...
 Forum: Mages 12/16/08, 4:37 PM Replies: 216 Views: 45,905 Posted By Ivorthemage Mana regen/spirit mechanics have not been well... Mana regen/spirit mechanics have not been well thought out by Blizzard. Energy, rage, and runic power serve as a cap on dps, while still allowing damage to occur and easily recover more when you are...
 Forum: Mages 12/12/08, 1:18 PM Replies: 128 Views: 467,325 Posted By Ivorthemage My only caveat to the best in slot badge... My only caveat to the best in slot badge recommendations, from what I have experienced gearing up over the past couple of weeks, is that it is really, really easy to get hit-capped. 6% from frostfire...
 Forum: Mages 12/11/08, 4:19 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage 1) Not fully understanding why frost mages think... 1) Not fully understanding why frost mages think the TTW change requires them to give up brain freeze. That isn't true. If you want it, you do have to give up all but one point in frostbite or ice...
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 5:38 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage Please delte. consolidating posts. Please delte. consolidating posts.
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 5:34 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage That sounds like the type of conclusion that is... That sounds like the type of conclusion that is highly dependent on mana support and fight parameters. Still, 2/3 improved scorch just means a bit more casting with the glyph. Looking forward to what...
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 3:50 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage yeah, that is far closer to what I see in the... yeah, that is far closer to what I see in the Rawr simulations I have run. I dug into this a couple days ago because for the gearset I was wearing at the time, fire was actually superior to...
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 2:10 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage Lhivera, the 3% nerf to FFB and the applicability... Lhivera, the 3% nerf to FFB and the applicability of Torment to fireball should probably shove fire specs 12% ahead of frostfire.
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 1:57 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage The trick to know is that a non-torment fire... The trick to know is that a non-torment fire build was just a smidgen behind frostfire as is. 0-3% in the Rawr simulations I ran across a variety of gear levels (factoring in focus magic's dps...
 Forum: Mages 12/10/08, 1:27 PM Replies: 887 Views: 299,468 Posted By Ivorthemage 1) That arcane blast dynamic, including Torment,... 1) That arcane blast dynamic, including Torment, looks like a fun playstyle, assuming the dps can hold up. Awaiting the theorycraft... 2) With the implicit 3% nerf to frostfire for elemental...
 Forum: Mages 12/04/08, 6:04 PM Replies: 1,603 Views: 1,600,044 Posted By Ivorthemage The primary value of knowing crit/haste/hit... The primary value of knowing crit/haste/hit damage values is for swapping. Let's be clear. Almost any mage that can even think about making reasonable decisions about the hit cap is going to have...
 Forum: Mages 12/01/08, 1:27 PM Replies: 128 Views: 467,325 Posted By Ivorthemage I think a closely related topic to this that has... I think a closely related topic to this that has some value is raid gear planning. You are starting raiding soon or are in early stages, and still have a lot of upgrades you can get from 5-man, the...
 Forum: Mages 12/01/08, 11:38 AM Replies: 128 Views: 467,325 Posted By Ivorthemage Rawr is an excellent tool, but... 1) It is only... Rawr is an excellent tool, but... 1) It is only as good as the data you put into it. Select no regen buffs, and you will find that it deems Intellect extremely valuable, for instance. 2) It can...
 Forum: Mages 11/25/08, 2:36 PM Replies: 2,838 Views: 1,236,652 Posted By Ivorthemage When you run into mana problems you have three... When you run into mana problems you have three choices: 1) Figure out a way to increase your mana pools and regen without comrpromising dps. guardian elixirs, food, party comp, scrolls (I have a...
 Forum: Mages 11/25/08, 2:00 PM Replies: 1,603 Views: 1,600,044 Posted By Ivorthemage As for hit rating, since half Manly's dps seems... As for hit rating, since half Manly's dps seems to be coming from frostfire, once that is capped the value of hit takes a 50% hit. It still adds value as a stat, but not nearly as much. You would now...
 Forum: Mages 10/15/08, 1:14 PM Replies: 2,576 Views: 527,243 Posted By Ivorthemage I did several battlegrounds as a deep frost spec... I did several battlegrounds as a deep frost spec last night. Won all three games, but the main thing I noticed is that I caught that I had a fingers of frost buff just once, and never noticed a...
 Forum: Mages 10/13/08, 4:27 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Piling on. I think you are correct for mages,... Piling on. I think you are correct for mages, with the exception of a handful of kiting fights (like Vashj or Moroes) but having a 2nd spec for CC is something that I can see locks (seduce), hunters...
 Forum: Mages 10/13/08, 1:42 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Comments on levelling builds. 1) Elemental... Comments on levelling builds. 1) Elemental precision seems a waste to me at level 70, assuming you have 6% hit or so on your gear, allowing you take down all yellow mobs you see. EP seems to only be...
 Forum: Mages 10/06/08, 1:59 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage My views on mana: 1) A competent mage in full... My views on mana: 1) A competent mage in full spam mode, burning all gem and potion cooldowns, and using evocation, should be doing dps within a couple percentage points of competent players of...
 Forum: Mages 09/30/08, 2:51 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Min Maxers will certainly respec for any tough... Min Maxers will certainly respec for any tough fight to optimize their dps. But they probably won't bother for farmed bosses. My objection to Alar wasn't so much on first kills, but when on farm. I...
 Forum: Mages 09/18/08, 11:59 AM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Seeking clarity on FoF, as the descriptions here... Seeking clarity on FoF, as the descriptions here seem to be at odds with the talent description on MMO ("gives your chill effects"): 1) So FoF no longer procs off of ice lance spam, or it still...
 Forum: Mages 09/16/08, 5:47 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Yep, if you want to ensure AB is situational or... Yep, if you want to ensure AB is situational or rotational, while still being useful as a mana dump, your only choice is to up the mana cost until it cannot be spammed continually, with raid support,...
 Forum: Mages 09/15/08, 3:12 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage As I understand it, most mats on the beta are... As I understand it, most mats on the beta are currently placeholders. One mageroyal and some parchment. I know if I was playing on the beta server, I would pay good money to not have to run around...
 Forum: Mages 09/15/08, 2:49 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage I haven't seen a follow-up on the glyph... I haven't seen a follow-up on the glyph discussion based on newer beta information about glyphs, so I thought I would summarize, insofar as they affect mages. From what I can tell, reading the sites...
 Forum: Mages 09/06/08, 6:55 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Mirror image looks pretty good. 1) Even if a... Mirror image looks pretty good. 1) Even if a mod instantly identifies which mage is real, your switching between different images is going to mess up their targetting, casting, and positioning....
 Forum: Mages 08/30/08, 8:52 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage I do like the idea of shatter combos. My point... I do like the idea of shatter combos. My point was that it is an artifact of the way Blizzard has programmed casting checks. there is no obvious reason why a lance fired a fraction of a second after...
 Forum: Mages 08/30/08, 5:51 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage Comments: 1) The elemental change makes imp... Comments: 1) The elemental change makes imp elemental useless for pvp, but maintains pve usefulness, particularly since spread over the whole raid. With 50% elemental uptime on an 8 minute fight,...
 Forum: Mages 08/29/08, 6:37 PM Replies: 5,355 Views: 3,116,796 Posted By Ivorthemage I think that is an excellent point. The big... I think that is an excellent point. The big philosophical change we are seeing is that Blizzard is trying to eliminate "mandatory" classes. Hard to do that if mages and locks are the only aoe kings,...
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