Which item is better? How to compare items

Sometimes when a item drops it can be difficult to tell if it’s an upgrade over your currently equipped item. Especially if the secondary stats are different. Maybe haste is your best stat, and is on your current gear, and the new item has crit, which isn’t as good as haste, but the item also has more main stats. How do you tell if it is really an upgrade?

Luckily, there is a way to mathematically calculate if this new item is a true upgrade over you current gear i.e. increase your throughput. It is done using stat weights and some simple multiplication and addition.

What are stat weights?
A stat weight is the relative power of that stat vs other stats. Your classes main stat (strength, agility and intellect) are the most powerful for your class. They form the baseline for comparison and usually are normalized to 1. Secondary stats are given a value of relative power compared to this as a decimal. The higher the decimal (the closer it is to one) the more powerful it is. Feral Druid stat weights are below.

  • Agility: 1
  • Mastery: 0.65
  • Critical Strike: 0.63
  • Versatility: 0.51
  • Haste: 0.51

You can see here that 1 agility is just as good as 2 versatility (0.51*2= 1.02).

Comparing Items
To compare two or more items, you multiply each stat by its stat weight, then add up all the totals to get a final number score for the item. Which ever item has the highest number score is the better item. Let’s look at the example below.

Item 1 – Steelgazer Hide Leggings

Steelgazer Hide Leggings (Image modified from WoW Head)

Steelgazer Hide Leggings (Image modified from WoW Head)

(1238*1) + (805*0.51) + (476*0.51) = 1891.31

Item 2 – Mana-Sabre Hide Pants

Mana-Sabre Hide Leggings (Image modified from WoW Head)

Mana-Sabre Hide Leggings (Image modified from WoW Head)

(1238*1) + (503*0.63) + (777*0.65) = 2059.94

In this example, the Mana-Sabre Hide pants have the highest number score and are the better item. This method can also be applied to items with sockets. Simply add the stat of the gem you would socket to the stats already on the item, or add it to the equation using the stat weights if the stat isn’t already on the item. For example, if the Steelgazer Hide Leggings had a socket, I would use a +150 mastery gem. I add 150 to the equation, multiply it by the correct stat weight for mastery (0.65) and calculate the value.

(1238*1) + (805*0.51) + (476*0.51) + (150*0.65) = 1901.06

We can see that the number score improves, but it is still not has high as the Mana-Sabre Hide pants.

Final Thoughts
Best in slot lists previously reduced the need for this sort of comparison. However as warforged items reduce the ilevel between items, it could become more useful. I currently have some boots that are not itemised correctly. I’ve had a few drops that are lower ilevel, but have better secondary stats. Using this method, I’ve found that these drops haven’t been good enough to replace the current poorly itemised boots.

Note – This method also works for any class or spec. All you need at the stat weights for your role. These can be found in class guides listed on sites like Icy Veins.

Have you ever had trouble telling if an item is an upgrade before? Do you use the item comparison tool on WoW Head, and have you found it useful? Do you have another method or comparing items? Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.



Legion Feral Druid Quick Reference Guide

I find that throughout an expansion I have to keep looking up the same information because I keep forgetting it. The aim of this post is to create a quick reference guide that I can refer back to, without the need to go searching through the internet. This post is current as of Patch 7.1.

Disclaimer – This is not my own work. I have only complied the information into a single source for easy reference. Credit to authors at Icy Veins, WoW Head, and Xanzara.

Stat Priority & Weights

  1. Agility: 1
  2. Mastery: 0.65
  3. Critical Strike: 0.63
  4. Versatility: 0.51
  5. Haste: 0.51

Artifact Relics

Gems, Enchants, and Consumables



Bleed Refresh Pandemic Times

Spell Name Normal Jagged Wounds
Savage Roar 7.2 secs N/A
Rip 7.2 secs 4.8 secs
Rake 4.5 secs 3 secs
Moonfire 4.2 secs N/A
Thrash 4.5 secs 3 secs

Minimum / Recommended Item Level Requirements

  • Normal 5 man – 805
  • Heroic 5 man – 825
  • Mythic 5 man – 840
  • Mythic Kara 5 man – 855
  • Emerald Nightmare LFR – 835
  • Emerald Nightmare Normal – 850
  • Emerald Nightmare Heroic – 865
  • Emerald Nightmare Mythic – 880
  • Trial of Valor LFR – 840
  • Trial of Valor Normal – 855
  • Trial of Valor Heroic – 870
  • Trial of Valor Mythic – 855

This fantastic chart chart from Reddit is a great graphical representation if the item levels of the zones.

And that does it! I think I will be referring to this post quite often. Do you think there is anything that should be added to the quick reference guide? What are you often looking up? Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.


Legion Patch 7.1 Survival Guide

This week Patch 7.1 was released on October 26. With it comes some new content including:

  • New Karazhan mythic dungeon
    • Entry to the dungeon require attunement. There is a guide at WoW Head. It involves running several mythic dungeons and a few short quests.
  • New Trial of Valor raid
    • A new 3 boss raid that opens two weeks after Patch 7.1. Again there is a guide at WoW Head that explains the quest chains and shows the loot.
  • New Suramar questline
    • Continue the Nightfallen quest chain with these new quests. They should also help with your Nightfallen reputation grind. See WoW Head’s guide.
  • More world quests
  • Blood of Sargeras trader
  • New Raiding with Leashes
    • Pets are available from Wrath of the Lich King raids: Ulduar, Trial of the Crusader, and Icecrown Citadel.
  • Class changes

A few updates for Feral Druids:

  • (Balance, Guardian, Feral) Druids how have Regrowth in place of Healing Touch.
    With this update, our Healing Touch Macro will need to be updated with Regrowth. Here is the new macro

     /console autounshift 0
     /use Regrowth
     /console autounshift 1
  • Activating Incarnation no longer triggers a global cooldown for any spec.
    This is a quality of life change I’ve wanted for two expansions. It’s frustrating that it comes at a time when Incarnation is not the talent of choice. A welcomed change none the less.

It appears that the farm in Mists of Pandaria (Sunsong Ranch) has been fixed also. I have been working my farm to collect the mats to craft some Sky Golem mounts to sell. They have been going for 100-110k. Mostly due to the price of herbs being high, and the ability to pick herbs in this mount without being dismounted. At the farm, the master plough was bugged only ploughing 1 square instead of 4, and there were other bugs with some of the other mechanics, pulling weeds etc. With the Blood of Sargeras trader coming with this patch, the price of herbs will likely drop through the floor, which means the price of the Sky Golem will likely drop. Hopefully not by much, maybe around to 60-70k. I’m two thirds of the way through the mats, so I will finish these batch off and see what the price is.

What are your thoughts on Patch 7.1? Too soon? Should have the problems it fixes been fixed before launch? Let me know what you think. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.



Legion Keybinds for Feral Druids

Now that I have reached level 110 and have access to all of my abilities, spells and talents it’s time to look out how to place them on my bars. The purpose of this post is to show what my kindbindings are and give some tips for people looking to learn. I’m not going to go into ‘how to keybind‘ but I will link some articles for those who would like to read more.

Current Keybind Setup
Not much as changed since my last post on keybinds. I’ve had to find extra space for Moonfire from the Lunar Inspiration talent, which I never took in Warlords.

Legion keybinds unmodified

1. Rake
2. Shred
3. Rip
4. Savage Roar
5. Moonfire
Q. Ferocious Bite
E. Tiger’s Fury
T. Potion
Z. Survival Instincts
X. Healthstone
F1. Bear Form
F2. Cat Form
F3. Goblin Glider
F4. Prowl

The next image shows my keybindings with an alt modifier. Berserk has moved from Alt+E to Alt+T to make room for the artifact ability.

Legion keybinds alt modified

1. Skull Bash
2. Mighty Bash
3. Maim
Q. Healing Touch
E. Ashamane’s Frenzy
T. Berserk
F1. Dash
F2. Stampeding Roar
F3. Nitro Boosts

I also use the addon Clique for spells that interact with raid frames like Rebirth and Remove Corruption. This is mainly for easy targeting as Clique functions very similarly to mouse over macro’s but without the need for a keyboard press, bar space or target select + activation. I’ve talked about why I use Clique in greater detail and how to set it up in this post.

Thrash, Swipe and Wild charge are all bound to my mouse wheel with Alt and Ctrl modifiers. This required rebind the default camera zoom in and zoom out, which I moved to the Page Up and Page Down buttons.

Final Thoughts
It’s taking a while to break the muscle memory from my old setup. And I still fumble with keys that are further to reach, like T and 5. The real test will come in a raid environment.

What is your keybind set up? Was it difficult for you to learn your new keybinds? What advice do you have to players wanting to keybind? Let me know. Feel free to leave a comment on the post, send me an email at fileunderferal@gmail.com, follow me on twitter @Elamari_ or like and comment on the File Under Feral Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/FileUnderFeral.


Legion Feral Druid Talent Review

The long awaited Legion talent guide is finally ready, for your enjoyment. While most of the post contains my personal views, there are some clear winners in terms of throughput, calculated by members of the community. I’ve put those as my recommendations. There are also some good guides discussing the changes as a whole in greater detail at:

On with the show!

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Legion Pre-expansion Patch Survival Guide

The Legion pre-expansion patch has been announced for July 19, this Wednesday. As with all pre-expansion patches, we will have access to most of the features of the expansion except for being able to level past level 100, artifact weapons, and the new zones. For the Legion pre-patch this means you will get:

  • New wardrobe transmog system
  • New UI changes
  • Class changes – spells, talents and glyphs
  • Stat changes
  • Pre-expansion event – Demon invasions.

In this post I’m only going to cover changes relevant to Feral Druids. WoW Head has a full guide to the pre-patch and the latest PTR patch notes at battle.net.

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Commentary on BellularGaming Legion Alpha Feral Druid Spec Overview

While I was browsing for some Legion Feral videos on YouTube I came across a video by user BellularGaming. It was a good video but I want to offer some commentary on it. Similar to what I did with Preach’s video for Warloads of Draenor. Head over to BellularGaming’s YouTube channel and check out their content. The Feral Druid video is below. Watch that and let’s get into it.

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