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2-10-2011 @ 9:39AM
"There is no exact solution for optimizing gear anywhere."Maybe, but it's not impossible to do it."Approximate is the key term here. "Alright, but some approximations can be better than others."Mr. Robot does handle soft caps well. An example would be a class like holy priests. Haste is very valuable to them up to 12.5%, then they don't want it anymore. On Mr. Robot's site you can enter in a weight for haste up to 12.5% and a weight for haste after 12.5%. This will then create a gear solution that devalues haste after 12.5%. This other tool you are talking about cannot do this."What about Destruction Warlocks? Their haste function does not work like that.My point is it's a much harder problem that it seems. Each point of stat you add or remove changes all the stats' weights. Stat weights work well if you work with areas close to the current values (and in some cases not even that as is the case of caps, soft or not). Simply adding values before and after the cap is not "handling them well" for me... For hard caps it's easy since the value after the cap is zero.Yes, the tool cannot do this right now but it's something that maybe could be added (see my comment below)."This other tool just does not do anything that Mr. Robot doesn't - it does less. It is strange that you are coming here and saying that people should use an incomplete tool with less features and comparable accuracy."Ok, I have expressed myself poorly. What I meant, and I know that's not what I actually said, is that that tool has the potential to do a better job than Mr Robot because of its different philosophy, more specifically due to the different algorithm it uses. It may not do that right now because it's still very immature in the sense that it's in its early versions and has less features.If you look at the whole picture, yes Mr Robot may be more helpful right now for some people depending on what they want exactly, but I believe that other tool may grow into something better.Anyway, even right now it works better for me than Mr Robot, although that is not true for every player or every class. If I want upgrade lists, I just input my stat weights on wowhead (actually after I run Simcraft, it already gives me the link that does this so I don't have to input them manually). If my goal is to optimize my gemming and reforging for my CURRENT gear, I use this and it does a better job than Mr Robot.I was merely suggesting another option which I find that works better for myself considering what I'm looking for in an optimization tool. Maybe that's not the case for you or even many others, but surely is for at least some.
2-10-2011 @ 1:06PM
You now backpedal and rephrase what you said as: this other tool has the "potential" to be "better" than Mr. Robot because... you just think it could be.Well, while you wait for that to happen, Mr. Robot is a professional-quality site that is being maintained and improved on a daily basis. Users don't want "potentially" good tools to use - they want finished products that work well. Enter: Mr. Robot.
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