Probably warriors know about this tanking spreadsheet at EJ. However as a DK tank, and a former maintankadin, I didn’t. I looked over it, thinking… hmmm I’m a geek maybe I could engineer it for DKs… but the task is too daunting.
The spreadsheet accurately ranks gear by calculating your “time-to-live, burst time-to-live, threat-per-second, and other stats”. It’s quite remarkable.
Oct 27 update: see Kahorie for threat analysis. My simulation posts have been using it for a while now.
Rawr is a fantastic tool which provides theoretically-sound gear analysis and recommendations. It has DK*, protwar, bear and tankadin modules and just released a new version a few days ago. Works for DPS too, but that’s not something I focus on.
Nerd admission: I considered helping that project too, but my programming background is in RDMS systems not C#, so after reviewing the code I decided it’d be too steep a learning curve. That said, I did look over the DK tank code module to see if any obvious DK tank-theory problems jumped out at me (none did); I didn’t check their gear rating formula though.
* The DK module is not completed, they need C# geeks to help finish it, but oddly I couldn’t find what exactly is not working in there.
Nov 18th: the lead developer has provided a guest post for pwnwear.
CharDev is still going too, which is almost an ‘old school’ tool now. I imported my armory to test it briefly. Anyone else remember ctprofiles?
So if I compare some basic stats calculated between Rawr, Chardev and TankPoints, there are differences.
Gravity’s dodge against L83 target (your char screen only shows against L80, remember):
- TankPoints: 24.47% <- correct
- Rawr: 21.61% <- presumably related to being unfinished
- CharDev: 24.8% <- pretty good!
Armour damage reduction:
- TankPoints: 61.53% [uses in-game 26606] <- correct
- Rawr: 62.47% [sees 27691 armour, odd discrepancy]
- CharDev: doesn’t have it at all !
I noticed Rawr’s displayed ‘miss’ was showing only 4.04%, which excludes the base 5% miss (or 4.4% miss against L83 boss).
Rawr for DKs: be careful and double-check any conclusions you draw.
Rawr for other tanks: I’ve not read of any drastic problems, so it’s your workshop of choice. Warriors also get the EJ spreadsheet.
CharDev: OK for DKs until Rawr is working but you don’t get all the calculations you’d need, so it’s limited simulation.