View Full Version : Relay #9 -- 2.3 Checklist, CombatMonitor2, Etc.

11-11-2007, 06:16 PM
Huge post for this week's relay -- and if you love this like I do you'll want to read every word. We're covering all of 2.3, CombatMonitor2, the new forums on TankSpot, and the upcoming TheorySpot implementation. Get reading (and link this to other bored folks on patch day)!

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2.3 TankSpot Checklist -- Be Prepared!
Read Blizzard's patch notes here (http://www.worldofwarcraft.com/patchnotes/test-realm-patchnotes.html) or during patching. Be sure to ask any questions you have on our forums (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/), as others may be curious as well.

Content Patch -- Major Changes
-Zul'aman is being introduced; Arena Season 3 is following soon. Zul'aman offers the new Executioner enchant, a new tanking and DPS weapon enchant. This enchant does not stack so be sure to only apply it to a single weapon (thanks to Emeraude for this info).
-Karazhan & Zul'aman both now drop Heroic Badges which can be redeemed for new Tier 5 quality loot. This includes substantial new Shield Block Value gear as well as the opportunity for Passive Uncrushable outside of Mount Hyjal and Black Temple.
-Fear will no longer cause you to lose aggro. This increases tanking control in situations where all fears cannot be broken and may help non-Warrior tanks with encounters such as Nightbane.
-Check out Berginyon's Tank Gear Rankings (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/gear-lists-rankings/) for information on new 2.3 gear!

Warriors (Protection)
-Devastate is now superior to Sunder Armor in virtually all situations and also applies Sunder Armor. Remove Sunder Armor from your hotbars. Want the theory? Read more here (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/theory-articles-guides/33437-devastate-testing-25-october.html).
-Expertise will replace Weapon Skill. Expertise is now the highest Threat boost to stack for tanks, with Hit and Block Value coming in second and third.
-Defiance now gives 2/4/6 Weapon Expertise.
-Human and Orc Racials are now Weapon Expertise; they were originally Crit on the 2.3 Player Test Realms.
-Shield Slam now has a 100% chance to dispel.
-Taunt, Challenging Shout will now be affected by Hit.

-Stance Swap macros require a [nostance] condition or they will not use the follow-up ability and will instead cast the stance again, lowering your rage. This is a confirmed bug. Read the full fix here (Special Thanks: Serennia) (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/user-interface-addons-macros/33769-2-3-stance-switch-macros-thanks-serennia.html).

Warriors (Arms & Fury)
-Deathwish is now available in the Arms tree; it has switched spots with Sweeping Strikes.
-Weapon Mastery and all Disarm Immunity buffs now only reduce the duration of being disarmed by 50%. In addition, Weapon Mastery and Improved Intercept have switched places. Weapon Mastery now provides 2% reduction to target Dodge.
-Pummel and Shield Bash now correctly lock out full spell schools for 4 and 6 seconds respectively.
-Mace Specialization proc chance has been reduced.
-Hamstring has a 10-second duration on PVP targets.
-Enrage and Blood Craze will now proc when crit while sitting down.
-Whirlwind will now strike with both weapons while Dual Wielding. However, off-hand crits are not currently causing Enrage or Rampage to proc. View Screenshot (Thanks to Emeraude) (http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/8531/wowscrnshot111307171920yi7.jpg).
-Improved Berserker Stance now reduces Threat by 10% at max rank. This means sustained Threat output has now been normalized to -30% for most DPS raid roles.
-Tactical Mastery will now also increase Threat of Bloodthirst and Mortal Strike while in Defensive Stance.

Paladins (Protection)
-Weapon Expertise has been renamed to Combat Expertise and increases Expertise by 5 and Stamina by 10%.
-Precision now increases Spell Hit in addition to Physical Hit.
-Righteous Defense is now affected by Physical Hit, not Spell Hit.
-Judgment of the Crusader has received a significant baseline Threat buff.
-Improved Seal of the Crusader now carries the effect of the prior talent Sanctified Crusader, making the raid-wide Crit bonus available to Protection Paladins.
-Global Cooldown & Stopcasting changes have caused issues with keeping Holy Shield active; there is now a short window of time when Paladins are crushable between activations.
-Check out MainTankadin (http://failsafedesign.com/maintankadin/index.php) for discussion on 2.3 Paladin changes!

Satrina's CombatMonitor2
All who have waited so long, rejoice! To get in on all of the good information for this mod, check out this thread:
CombatMonitor2 Feedback and Suggestions (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/user-interface-addons-macros/33709-combatmonitor2-feedback-suggestions.html)

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CM2 Planned Features (Quoted from Satrina)
1) Tracking of damage taken
* Breakdown by type (hit, crit, crush, blocked, etc.)
* Breakdown by school (physical, fire, frost, nature, etc.)
* Analysis of damage taken (physical vs. elemental, white damage vs. spells vs. special abilities, etc.)

2) Tracking of attack distribution
* Breakdown by type (miss, dodge, parry, block, partial block, hit, crit, crush)
* Analysis of hit distribution

3) Estimation of damage avoided
* Damage avoided by dodge/parry
* Damage avoided by blocks and partial blocks
* Estimation of mitigation from avoided damage

4) Realtime monitoring
* Incoming DPS tracking via average and 5 second window
* Estimated total damage mitigation via average and 5 second window
* Recording of peak hits
* Clear and unambiguous notification of crushing blows and critical hits when received

5) Data recording
* Cumulative fight data recording by opponent, categorised by gear worn for the fight
* Record a single fight's data in a snapshot when desired
* Snapshot comparisons to compare gear sets for same fight
* Differentiation of normal and heroic versions of opponents

6) Tanking tools
* Calculator (using equipped gear) to show how far from Shield Block uncrushable or Holy Shield uncrushable (as applicable)
* Calculator (using equipped gear) to show how far from passive uncrushable
* Combat table estimation by opponent level
* Summaries of tanking stats (if the gathering and duplication seems worthwhile)
* Others as dreamed up

7) Tie-in with web applications
* Upload snapshots for analysis and sharing
* Functionality to be determined

New UI/Addons/Macros & Instance Forums
We've been restructuring our forums and upgrading our software over the weekend and so far it's looking pretty good!

The User Interface, Addons, and Macros (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/user-interface-addons-macros/) forums is our new discussion forum for anything at all related to the technical side of Warcraft. Please ask about mods or recommend them here, as well as contributing in any way you want. Got a great UI? Take a screenshot, upload it to our galleries, then share it with us in a thread in these forums.

The new Instance forums are a place for asking any questions whatsoever that may be on your mind, as well as posting guides and tips on these encounters. Feel free to post comprehensive strategies that go beyond just the tanking aspect if you wish to do so. :)

5-Mans & Heroics (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/5-mans-heroics/)
Karazhan & Zul'aman (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/karazhan-zulaman/)
Maulgar, Gruul, Magtheridon, Doomwalker, Kazzak (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/maulgar-gruul-magtheridon-doomwalker-kazzak/)
Serpentshrine & Tempest Keep (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/serpentshrine-tempest-keep/)
Mount Hyjal & Black Temple (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/mount-hyjal-black-temple/)

TankSpot/TheorySpot Update Your Bookmarks!
The TankSpot forums are moving to a new domain as part of a massive server restructuring project. This is still the same server, just a different domain name, and it's part of an effort to get the unrelated forums out of TankSpot while keeping them growing on the same server.

What this means is that you will eventually not be able to use TankSpot.com/forums/ but instead you will need to use TheorySpot.com/forums/tankspot/.

However, since all of the forums, threads, and posts are indexed by database ID, you will only need to change the domain of your bookmarks, and only if they don't work automatically. We'll attempt to redirect your old bookmarks to their new location automatically.

Read more about what this transition entails here (http://www.tankspot.com/forums/general-discussion/33714-theoryspot-com-possible-forum-transition.html).

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11-12-2007, 03:06 AM
Can anyone confirm whether or not points in defiance gives expertise regardless of your current stance? On EU-ptr over the weekend it was not showing on the character sheet - bugged or working as intended?