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Shifting Perspectives: Why effective health needs to die, part 2 {WoW}

Nov 30th 2009 9:09AM "When he has 4 stack of Rising Anger, you either have a tank that stacks stamina (not armor, not effective health, but raw stamina)"

You and Allison are both missing the point of Effective Health, and using the term incorrectly.

The true definition of Effective Health is "the amount of raw damage a creature has to deal to kill you." Most mathematical definitions (see Satrina's work for example) have made the assumption that this is physical damage, and formulate their derivations using Armor as the primary mitigation stat. This is because when those derivations were performed in Burning Crusade, physical damage was usually the type of damage that caused spike deaths.

However, nothing in the definition of EH says that it needs to be physical damage. I have derived a formula for EH that is valid for ANY type of damage over at maintankadin (which I would gladly link you to if I could, but MT is down at the moment). It is basically a weighted average of the inverse of your mitigation for each type of damage.

That means that for a fight with a considerable amount of incoming damage from magical or bleed sources (where armor does nothing), your Effective Health needs to be calculated differently. You still need enough Effective Health to survive the worst-case burst scenario (with or without cooldowns, as appropriate for the fight).

Saying that "Effective Health" has to die is somewhat silly, since Effective Health is not a game mechanic. It is a tool that measures survivability, nothing more. The fact that people don't understand the tool, or use it improperly as you have in this article, doesn't make it a bad tool.

As an analogy, a hammer doesn't become a bad tool because some people choose to try and use it to drive in a screw. A tape measure doesn't become a bad tool because someone tries to use it to measure the distance between two cities. One has to make sure they're using the tool appropriately and in the right scenarios (for example, EH is a fairly useless tool for Faction Champions).


Countdown to Wrath Giveaway: Day 7 - BlizzCon Polar Bear Mounts {WoW}

Nov 6th 2008 2:14PM This is, to my knowledge, the only mount that wears goggles. It would be pretty cool to see my engineer riding this sucker. WTWin!