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2-05-2011 @ 10:07AM
@PyromelterI agree, Rawr is really weird right now. At the same time, it's a great tool for people that are just getting into theorycrafting or who aren't interested at all, but want to optimize their reforging and such.For those interested, the difference in approaches is that RAWR is essentially a very complex formula. You plug in certain variables and it outputs a number (your dps) and it can optimize around that. Essentially, it graphs the function and then tells you what X variables (gear, enchants, gems, etc.) are necessary to get to the peak of Y (dps).Simulationcraft et al, on the other hand, take the gear inputs and plot the function of dps using thousands of iterations. In that sense, it "draws" by plotting all the points along it. This is a more accurate way of doing it and while about 90% of the time the results of the two approaches will agree, I think the 10% of the time they don't is why people pooh pooh RAWR and other similar things. You mention enhance shammies, but I find that RAWR is poor for fire mages atm as well.
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