We have been in 4.3.2 for two weeks now, meaning that raidbot‘s two-week sample period is full of 4.3.2 data. What are some of the trends in hunter DPS since the patch?
The table below titled “All Parses” presents information drawn from all parses over the last two weeks at raidbots. The information is presented by raid type and contains the following variables:
- SS: This is a spec’s spec score. It represents the spec’s median dps divided by the top spec’s median dps. It thereby represents how close to the best spec a spec is.
- FS: This is a spec’s Frostheim score, a name I’m giving the score since Frostheim is the one who promoted its use. It is like spec score except that instead of the top spec, it is a spec’s median dps as a percentage of the median spec’s median dps. Basically, it measures how far above or below the middle a spec is.
- Sample: This is how many parses that raidbots has received for the spec over the last two weeks. Please take note of how small the sample sizes are for some specs and adjust your reliance on the data accordingly.
This “All Parses” table represents the median hunter by raid and spec. In other words, it represents the middle-most raiding hunter, which is by nature not the best raiding hunter in terms of DPS. What it shows is that for the middle-most raiding hunter, SV is ascendant in more than one way. First, the buffs to SV have sent it over median spec to be within striking distance of the top spec. The buffs have also prompted a sweeping realignment; we hunters are switching over to SV en masse. SV is simple to play, is not hobbled in some of the ways that MM and BM are, and does very high dps. This popular switch over to SV often leaves BM and MM below raidbot’s threshold for statistical reliability in terms of representation. This is one of the main reasons that I’m reporting on figures related to median dps here: MM and BM simply don’t make the cut for percentile calculations.
The “All Parses” table also shows BM doing rather well, often sitting right on top of the median spec. MM, however, appears to be in a state of relative decline, falling below both SV and BM and only hitting the 75% on SS scores on hard modes.
SV does, of coure, makes the cut for 90th percentile calculations and some of these numbers are represented in the table below.
|SV on Ultraxion|
This table represents the 90th percentile along the distribution of SV parses from Ultraxion by raid type. It uses parses from Ultraxion under the assumption that this fight is the best way to judge raw DPS(e) numbers owing to it being a simple tank and spank fight with no DPS modifiers. The table thereby represents high-performing SV hunters and suggests that what holds true for the median hunter also holds true for the high-performing hunter: SV is doing very well these days.