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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Bugs Squashed


  • Dark Intent should be handled properly for Druids, Hunters, Mages, Paladins, Priests, and Warlocks.  The bonus damage portion of the buff is tracked and the uptime % is shown on compares.
  • Some caching stuff wasn’t working properly after the migration so some compares were taking a long time to reload.  Everything should be cache properly now and compares should almost always load in less than a second.
  • When a fight has an ability with multiple spell IDs under the hood, the total of those abilities should be shown on compares.  For example, there are multiple Fireball Barrage damage taken spell IDs that should now be properly summed instead of only showing the count for the last ability seen.

Otherwise, the new server seems to be humming along without too much of a problem.  Please let me know if you run into any errors or performance problems!  Most pages should load in under a second after the initial big work is done so let me know if anything is sluggish.  Note that the first time you run a compare or if an armory cache is stale, it may take a little while to collect all the data from external sites (aka World of Logs and the WoW Armory).

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The new historical Top DPS stuff is all there.  The one launch caveat is that there is not yet a lot of data for heroics, 10 mans, or the summaries.  These are gathering data daily and should start making more sense once there’s 2+ weeks of parses seen.

Let me know if you run into any problems or if you see any old links that don’t properly redirect!

10,000 Compares!

Sometime last night, CompareBot ran its 10,000th compare.  Pretty sweet milestone!

Hope you all like the tools and always feel free to contact me (here, email, wherever) with ideas, bugs, and whatnot!

New Site Almost Ready

Got a bunch of exciting stuff that’s so close to being ready I can taste it.  Here’s what’s coming:

  • New domain that should hopefully be easier to remember/find
  • Top DPS Timeline – this is a historical view of DPS that should be particularly interesting in the days/weeks after patches.  I’m really happy with how this tool is turning out.
  • Overall DPS breakdowns for all formats (10N, 10H, 25N, 25H)
  • DPS data for 10 mans
  • My own servers.  I’m hugely appreciative of the hosting Kyth offered on StratFu but it’s time to move to my own hardware so she can spin down some of her own.  It’ll just be running on 2 fairly small Linodes but I think it should be able to handle the traffic.  I’ll be watching carefully to see if it all works nicely.

I’ll probably be doing all the migration work this weekend so keep on eye out for the new stuff!

Graylo’s CompareBot Howto

Graylo of Skunkworks recently posted how he uses CompareBot to review parses and provides some really great, detailed information on how you can use the tool.

Direct article link

1/13 Update


  • Hopefully fixed a nagging issue where the World of Logs link was incorrectly using ICC as the raid in all links.  This should be resolved over night as the pages are generated.

Also, I’m getting closer to finishing the historical view of the Top DPS.  It’s coming along nicely and should provide a pretty nice way to watch classes gain/lose relative power after patches or as higher level gear becomes available to the top ranking players.

1/8 Updates


  • 10 man raids should be have the same level of debuff/ability detection as 25 mans.  Please let me know if something is missing or acting funky.  I had to enter a lot of spell IDs and the chance for a typo are pretty decent.
  • Fixed a crash that happened when trying to generate a full raid report on a private parse.

Welcome New and Old Visitors!

So yeah, got linked from WoW Insider and traffic has soared.  Let me know if you like what you see, if there are any problems, or anything else that floats your boat.

Given the new interest, I will probably be adding 10 man specific information to the CompareBot since a lot of people have been running compares on 10 man content.  I’ve been running 25 man so haven’t had my own logs to look at for that information but I’ll go scour other guilds and get that up and running.

Next step after that is to actually style up and finish UI for the historical DPS averages for the Top DPS Tool.  Data is being collected every day when the pages get refreshed but there’s no place to actually see that info right now.

A Blog for Updates

Simple off-site blog for updates and information regarding my Roll Initiative Tools site.  And perhaps any other WoW related mumblings I care to write and share.