When I logged into Twitter this morning, I saw that the venerable ILikeBubbles was studying the WWS reports from her 25man Naxx run. A fellow soldier in the battle against Fail Priests, she was puzzled how a Holy Priest could have spent so much time casting Prayer of Healing and yet so little time healing the raid. Having just written a very lengthy argument in support of WWS reports — a thread deleted from the former guild’s forums due to my penchant, apparently, for nationalist-socialism — I thought I’d re-purpose some of the information here.
How to Use WoW Web Stats Reports
Under the name of the report are two tabs, “split” and “browse.” Clicking on these will give you different breakdowns of the data gleaned from the combat log.
Full Report (default)
While on first glance, this looks like plain ol’ damage meters, there is actually a lot more information housed here. This report assesses all damage done, damage taken, and heals out (separated into three tabs) for the duration of the combat log, and includes trash fights, boss fights, and “failed” encounters. The information lists all raid members and the data is automatically sorted by the number; if you click on the appropriate column, you can sort by other factors, such as DPS or overheal. You can also click on the columns button to add or delete certain fields, such as death count.
WWS also allows you to look at an individual boss encounter — successful or not. All trash fights are lumped together.
For each of the options below, you can analyze the whole raid or just one encounter at a time.
Lists all raid members’ damage done, damage in, or heals out. (See Full Report above) Use this report to (duh) assess overall damage done and healing done.
Raids & Mobs
Clicking on this gives you class-by-class analysis. Using this tool, you can compare your abilities to the other members of your class — do your spells hit/heal for the same amount? are you using roughly the same spells? This report lists the class abilities down the left-hand side, with the different members of the class listed horizontally.
The number in gray is the average amount that ability hit or healed for. Below that is the number of times it hit. Next to that is the % of your damage or healing that ability made up. The percentage number in gray is the frequency that ability crit.
Who Heals Whom
This report, as the title suggests, records who each “healer” was healing. (WWS assumes that if you are a paladin, druid, priest, or shaman, you’re a healer). The report looks at the “focus” of a healer. Healers with a small focus are concentrating on one or two raid members, whereas healers with a large focus healed the raid. Use this report to ascertain whether or not healers are following their assignments. For example, if you have assigned a Holy Priest to raid heals and their focus is less than 4, you likely have a problem.
Who Hits Whom
With this report, you can see where players’ outgoing damage went and where their incoming damage came from. Honestly, I never look at this report.
Every item that is recorded in the combat log can be checked here: buffs, debuffs, heals, energy gains, offensive abilities, mobs’ abilities, etc. I find thisa very useful reports, in no small part because a lot of what I do as a Discipline Priest doesn’t show up as healing. This is where I can check the number of Divine Aegis procs, for example, or the uptime on Power Infusion. This is also the place where you can see who’s potting during fights and who’s not, which totems are getting dropped, and so on.
Clicking on an individual player name shows all their activity for the raid: DPS, HPS, deaths, misses, damage and healing done, etc. Again, this is one of the most useful reports, as a player can analyze their performance — their procs, their crits, their deaths — in detail. This report convinced me, for example, that it would be fine to drop tailoring as the Darkglow embroidery gives pretty pathetic mana return and that despite sounding like a great trinket, the HoT generated from the Forethought Talisman is actually quite blah.
Browse Log File
WWS reports are generated from the combat log and as such sometimes it’s useful to return to the original file to see “what happened” — like, no fucking heals during Frost Blasts.
WWS reports aren’t flawless. As they’re based on the combat logs of the player who uploads them, they replicate any errors that are there (errors that arise from the reporter’s distance from others and from good ol’ fashioned data snafus). In addition, these reports don’t account for the healing or damage done while in vehicles — such as in the Malygos fight.
WoW Web Stats isn’t the only site that generates these sorts of reports; WoWMeter provides a similar service. I keep meaning to try WoWMeter but force of habit has me uploading my combat log to WoW Web Stats instead.