If there's a DPS value available, then the related profile reflects an established setup.
This thread is intended to be a repository of the so-called "Best-In-Slot" (BiS) list(s) for DPS Warriors in Wrath of the Lich King, and for discussion on the optimal raiding gear setup. The definition of "Best-in-Slot" here is "all gear available up to a given tier of content, with no restriction on which encounters the gear can be sourced." There's certainly been posts referring to the current BiS scattered throughout various Warrior threads, most notably within Landsoul's Warrior DPS Calculation thread (http://elitistjerks....on_spreadsheet/). However, the value provided by these random BiS postings has been or marginal, if sometimes questionable, usefulness. Creating a one-stop location for the BiS setup discussion will both help to corral the errant BiS posts from places they don't quite belong, and to keep a more directed discussion on the state of the BiS.
I personally believe there is reason to maintain a BiS list. Or rather, more pragmatically, I believe there is reason to maintain a BiS list from each reputable, established, supported theorycrafting source, to both validate each source's methods and functionality, as well as provide a single source for the most effective available setup with any given availability of content. The discussion sparked from such data can also be insightful, given a balanced approach the the output. Please refer to this comparison describing a Formulation versus a Simulation in terms of approaching a DPS result: FormulationVsSimulation . Perhaps as important is the theoretical DPS yield of the tricked-out Warrior.
Before continuing, a few ground rules about how to use this thread, and some caveats about the information contained within this initial (consolidated) post:
- This thread is not intended or designed to recommend the best immediate upgrade for your particular setup. This is purely a discussion regarding the ultimate setup in any given raiding tier, with the primary focus being on either the most current or an impending one. Often, the gear you see here may even be a downgrade, given your current gear availability. If you wish to determine the value of a gear upgrade, or decide which upgrade would provide the greatest immediate benefit given your current gearset, there are plenty of tools available to you. I highly recommend Rawr or Landsoul's spreadsheet for this purpose.
- The numbers provided within this thread exist within a raiding vacuum, a testing bubble of perfect raiding conditions. This is due to the extreme variability in both the application of movement (time off target), debuffs, and other DPS hindrances experienced in any given raid situation, and the ensuing difficulty of both implementing a realistic 'suboptimal raid condition' within the various theorycrafting tools, and further implementing these hindrances in such a manner that allows direct comparison across programs. (Wow, that was a heck of a sentence.) Basically, to minimize the variation of the calculations between the various programs, the fight modeling must be both consistent and ideal. What this means is that you should never, ever expect the DPS numbers you see here as realistic goals within an actual raiding environment, as they represent both perfect play and Patchwerk-style fight conditions.
- The BiS set can and will change. Not only will players experiment with new setup and performance approaches, but calculations change, both within the theorycrafting programs and in Blizzard's playground. Do not accept any particular setup here as a perfect and persistent gospel.
The current tools that I will accept and maintain BiS lists for are Rawr, Landsoul's spreadsheet, and SimulationCraft . You should use the most recent release version, or any newer self-compiled version of any of the programs are acceptable. Please make a note of what version/revision of whichever tools you're using when making a submission. For each program, I will be maintaining one BiS setup for Arms (all weapon specs assumed active, as they are mutually exclusive in practice), and one for Fury. Additionally, at least for the time being (until Cataclysm), there will be two separate categories of BiS, one that allows all armor classes, and one that only includes Plate items. This will make twelve BiS setups in total. This thread's priority is not on past tiers, though I may consider maintaining a simplistic single set of BiS for each previous raiding tier.
Now, some guidelines as to standardization to be used in this thread. The latency is 75ms (or, "low" for SimulationCraft), and the reaction time is 250ms. The race to use is either Gnome or Night Elf (Alliance, so as to keep confusion between faction-specific gear to a minimum), and do not assume the Draenei racial - this is to remove specific weapon Expertise bonuses and the faction (Hit aura) from play. The character will be a Jewelcrafter and Blacksmith. (Note: please place the JC-only gems in the three prismatic sockets, so as to make my life that much easier.) The fight will consist of 300 seconds, or 5 minutes. The fight will assume the player is always (100%) standing behind the boss, and that there is 0% movement/time-off-target. The fight variables will assume no adds, and no incoming raid damage, periodic or otherwise. The boss will have 100% uptime of all raid-beneficial debuffs, including Trauma and Blood Frenzy. The player will have 100% uptime of all standard buffs, the optimal and fully improved versions of each, including 100% Rampage uptime and BoMight instead of Battle Shout. The fight currently will assume that Sunder is provided from an outside (not you) source, though I may consider allowing for a Sunder maintenance version in the future (unlikely). There will be no weighting assigned to Stamina whatsoever for these gear comparisons.
This is obviously modeling a stand-and-deliver style fight. However, given the prevalence of runspeed enchants (Cat's Swiftness and Tuskarr's Vitality) in the DPS Warrior's arsenal, it can be argued that restricting the boot enchant to one that provides runspeed would most accurately depict the state of a player's gear in a standard raid situation. For the time being, all profiles must work under the assumption that runspeed is obligatory. If a fight is indeed stationary (or primarily so), the boot enchant can be easily replaced with Greater Assault or Icewalker, at the user's discretion. Relying on the Hit from Icewalker to reach the cap can be more than a little troublesome for Arms, while switching to Greater Assault or Icewalker from Cat's Swiftness does not exhibit quite the same level of difficulty.
The rotations can get a little tricky. With Landsoul's spreadsheet, you will use the the Default rotation. With Rawr, you will enable all relevant Damage Dealers, Heroic Strike, Bloodrage, and all Periodics aside from Enraged Regeneration. For SimulationCraft, you have full freedom of declaring your own ability usage; accordingly, you must always post the Actions list when posting any SimulationCraft listing (every line that starts with "actions+=/(...)").
The medium to use to communicate a profile is the Wowhead Character Profiler. This is the most advanced, easy-to-use, flexible, and externally supported profiler currently available, and will be the standard profiler for this thread.
There are a number of variables that can be optimized, and you must declare the values of these for every profile you post: Gear, Gems, Enchants, Talents, Glyphs, Flask/Elixirs, and Food. The first five can all be assigned through the character profiler on Wowhead - ensure that you are including all 5 of these elements in your character profile. The Flask/Elixirs will be assumed as a Flask of Endless Rage, unless you state otherwise. The Food will not be assumed as any value, and you must declare what food is used with any given character profile that you submit for consideration. If there is a method within the program to do so, you will use the Indestructible Potion, and enable the use of pre-potting an additional armor pot, if supported.
Program-specific notes for following the standardization guidelines: As a Fury Warrior in Rawr, remove the talent Rampage from the talent tree, and instead activate the Buff version of this buff.
T10 BiS listings - available soon
T9 BiS listings
Arms, Unrestricted| Profile | | 9567
Arms, Plate Only| Profile | | 9451
Fury, Unrestricted| Profile | | 9494
Fury, Plate Only| Profile | | 9451 [/TABLE]
Arms, Unrestricted| | 9692
Arms, Plate Only| Profile | | 0000
Fury, Unrestricted| Profile | | 0000
Fury, Plate Only| Profile | | 0000 [/TABLE]
Arms, Unrestricted| Profile | | 0000
Arms, Plate Only| Profile | | 0000
Fury, Unrestricted| Profile | | 10135
Fury, Plate Only| Profile | | 0000 [/TABLE]