Sep 16th 2011 6:21PM Hey there Tyler,
I'm one of the people behind Team Robot, and we totally 'get' this post. We actually just launched a raid loot tool last week on our iPhone and Android apps for now, while we expand it to the website later. We made this tool because we were always trying to figure out how *much* of an upgrade it was for other people in the raid, or a quick way to tell who an item was BiS for (and not just taking their word for it).
So we made an add-on for our app that is totally fair based on gear needs. Hey, Robots don't get clouded with emotions like us humans, right? The tool will show that a helm might be a 2% upgrade for mage A and a 1% upgrade for mage B. Now what you do with that info is up to you. Mage B might be reliable, does better DPs, and the other reasons you outlined in your article, so maybe Mage B should get the loot. But would Mage B get the loot if it was a 10% upgrade for Mage A? Who knows, it's up to you to decide.
In short, we wanted to provide the FACTS about gear, so raiders can make more informed decisions.
If anyone tries out the app, we're always looking for feedback :)
Sep 15th 2011 6:51PM Seph, Rndy is right, we do account for set bonuses. Mr. Robot will only recommend PVP gear if the stat weights say it's that much more useful. If you send me your character name and realm, we'll take a look. We'll either be able to explain exactly why Mr. Robot is suggesting those items, or we'll be able to tell you if you found a bug :)
Jun 30th 2011 8:12PM We asked Mr. Robot what the 3 laws were and we think he's been playing too much warcraft because this is what he said:
1. A robot may not cause a players DPS to drop or, through inaction, allow a player to continue gearing sub-optimally.
2. A robot must obey any stat weights given to it by human beings, except where such stat weights are based on bad theorycraft.
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
Jun 30th 2011 7:41PM Mike, not only does it work on iPads, but we build a special version just for it! It has a iPad friendly layout as well as the super high-res images :) We didn't cheat and just scale the app, we actually optimized it for the iPad :) We hope you enjoy it.
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Jun 30th 2011 7:39PM Mr. Robot is kind of biased toward androids, being a Robot and all ;) But, Google doesn't have any way to offer free app codes or gift certificates. Once we get our app in the Amazon marketplace, maybe we should do another contest :)
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Jun 30th 2011 7:33PM The app is available on the Android, however google doesn't have a way to give away free apps or gift certificates. Perhaps once we get the app in the Amazon app market we can do another giveaway :)
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Mar 29th 2011 10:13PM @Joe Perez - also, we'd love to have you stop by our forums and chat with us about the things you think aren't right. We're always tweaking things, and love getting theorycrafters, like yourself, involved. Because obviously we can't know every finer point for each class and spec. We admit that! So we listen to the community, a LOT.
You'll see we are very open to suggestions and don't take the "I know more than you do" approach that a lot of people in this space take ;) I promise!
Mar 29th 2011 10:10PM Hey there, Mr. Robot team member here! Glad to see one of our fans in recommending Mr. Robot.
@Diatenium, actually, sometimes an int/spi gem is better than pure int. It all depends on the weight of each stat. Here are two examples, one where the int/spi gem is better and one where it is not.
Example 1: Assume Int's weight = 100, spirit = 90. Yellow socket bonus is 20 spirit. So the math goes like this: 40 int gem * 100 stat weight = 400. 20int/20spi is 20*100 + 20*90 = 200+180 = 380. Now add in the socket bonus, 20 spirit * 90 = 180. Bringing your total for the int/spi gem + socket combo to 460. That's 60 higher than a pure int gem.
Example 2: Assume Int's weight is 100, spirit is 40. 40 is the only thing that changed in this example! 40 int gem * 100 = 400 (again). 20int/20spi is 20*100 + 20*40 = 200 + 80 = 280. Add the 20 spi socket: 20*40 = 80. Total for gem & socket = 360. That is now worse than the 40 int gem.
Mr. Robot's optimizations are only as good as the stat weights entered into it. We have the defaults set based on theorycrafters consensus, however, different play styles and rolls definitely call for some stat tweaking. Mr. Robot allows you to tweak all of the stat weights to suit your fancy :)