In the last post we got your character into the tool and ran a quick simulation and briefly looked at the output.

Now I’m going to take you down the path I first went down with SimulationCraft, and that is gear evaluations. Tier upgrades are pretty straightforward, but if you ever want to evaluate side-grades, I always found SimulationCraft to be an informed and unbiased third party. I especially liked it for trinkets, since the numbers on those are much tougher, at least on the interesting ones.

So let’s open up SimulationCraft and go straight to “Import” again. You’ll notice below the “Import” tab there are other tabs besides “Battle.net”. You can also use “CharDev”, “Rawr”, “BiS”, or “History”. Clicking on CharDev will show you the CharDev.org website where you can locate your character.

If you don’t know how to use CharDev or aren’t familiar with it, I would strongly recommend trying it out. It’s a wonderful tool just for this very purpose. I also use it to hold gear wishlists, or what I term “achievable BiS”.

Next up there’s Rawr. Now YMMV of course, but I generally have shied away from using Rawr for too much. I like it on my Druid, but for the warlock stuff I generally prefer SimulationCraft or a spreadsheet before Rawr. The level of current support in Rawr for classes and specs can be found on their page, and it really is a visually nice tool. If you can get this on like a jump drive, or you laptop and you’re behind a wall of suffering, then that would be the way to go.

The “BiS” tab is a pre-populated list of character setups that have been found optimal both in talent and gear setup. These are perfect for evaluating things like changing up your ability priorities and such, but not important for this exercise.

The “History” tab shows you simulations you’ve run previously so you can run them again very quickly.

You can either use CharDev and use it exactly like you did with the Battle.net tab, or if you have a saved Rawr XML file handy you can import that too. To use the Rawr tab you’re going to need to find the folder with your file in it, then double click on the file and hit import.

Whether you are using CharDev or Rawr you should swap out some pieces of gear in those tools before importing into SimulationCraft. So if you want to evaluate what that shiny new head piece will do to your DPS, swap it out in CharDev or Rawr and that’s what we’ll import. Want to evaluate your enchant choices? Those can be changed too. Maybe you want to evaluate gemming pure intellect, meta sockets be damned, or you want to go half intellect, half haste in each gem slot. What would that actually do to your damage? These are the questions we’re trying to answer here.

So get a character into CharDev or get a file out of Rawr and be sure that something about that character is different than the character you did before. When you import them, if you look closely you’ll see the text in the Simulation tab is a little different. Run your simulation and you can compare the output with your previous simulation. If you don’t have your previous simulation anymore, run it again this time with Battle.net. Simulations are output in tabs subsequent to the previous ones so you easily compare things.

Go down the report and take a look at the different numbers it output. If you dropped all your haste gems to pure intellect, you should probably see you’re haste rating increase a bit. The overall DPS number should definitely be better.

Generally I break a piece of gear down to the DPS delta number. If it’s a net gain in DPS I consider it better than what I have in slot already. I can prioritize the pieces that are the largest DPS increase for me over them other pieces, which is especially useful if you have a DKP or EP/GP based loot system where you want to manage how you use your loot currency.

Next post we’ll take a much deeper look at the report, and wonder what it can do for us in the future!

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