Remember That Word?
Many people have started getting back into raiding, and that brings back one word into our vocabulary: performance.
WoW Web Stats has come into use again for analyzing performance in a raid. As far as I know, there are no other methods for combat logging that are as widely used as WoW Web Stats. (I’m not counting Recount because you can’t upload the parse for future analysis.) But regardless of what method of combat logging you use, they still do not provide the whole picture of the raid.
This is not about the uncontrollable situational circumstances that change from raid to raid.
Wrath of the Lich King brought new means of improving your character through glyphs. Hunters probably received more complex changes than the other classes. Each type of pet provides different abilities and opportunities for different talent trees.
Combat logging already includes the effects of these glyphs and talents, so a raid or class leader who is looking at combat reports has to remember to ask his or her raiders what types of glyphs they are using (and/or their pets’ talents) in order to make recommendations. Every single amount of DPS will count now that Blizzard believes hunters are doing too much damage.
It is the responsibility of the raider to find out information about his or her optimal setup. Write down a clear plan for yourself so that you can reason your way into what you’re doing. Every decision you make must have results that will contribute to your performance and to the success of the raiding team.
“I will not be dead weight. I will not be cholesterol.”