Sunday, November 30, 2008

Handy mods: RatingBuster

Many people are aware of this mod, but if you're like me, you might not have bothered with it in the past. Once upon a time it was easy for me to pick upgrades; does it have more spellpower (without losing stats)? Upgrade! Now though, our gear is peppered with stats that we used to avoid (like crit and haste). Healing has been rolled into Spellpower, and I'm finding that a lot of gear choices aren't as clear-cut anymore. I can't just look at an item and know that it is better than what I have.

Add to that the fact that your talent choices can increase your spellpower and your regen, and a math-phobic like me turns to jelly when I try to consider any intricacies involving int, spirit, mp5. I just want to know those magic numbers at the end, I don't really want to try to wrap my brain around how they are calculated.

So I finally bothered to get RatingBuster. RatingBuster does all the complicated equations for you, taking into consideration your spec, existing gear and innate abilities, and spits out a tidy little stat summary, colour-coded for your convenience.

It will tell you whether you are gaining stats (green), losing them (red), and also tells you things like how much crit you gain from intellect on an item, how much regen you gain from spirit on an item, etc. As you can see in the above picture, every stat is an improvement on my old gloves (all of the numbers on the right are green), and it even tells me how much healing I would gain from spirit (since I was in ToL when I took this screenshot).

It will even re-calculate these numbers as you change your gear around. For example, here is a trinket with 184 spirit (on use) on it. With no gear on, it gives me about 20mp5 (for 20 seconds every 2 minutes). With all of my gear on, the mod takes into account my mana pool and my full stats, and the 184 spirit now gives me around 50mp5.

So you can see that as you change items of gear, the mod will recalculate the stats that you get from your items (and buffs). A trinket with 184 spirit might give you 48mp5 for 20 seconds, but when you pick up a new pair of pants, that same spirit now gives you 50mp5 for 20 seconds. There's still the brain-exploding task of comparing it to other trinkets (hate), but at least it can give you an idea of what 184 spirit will mean in terms of actual regen.

And look at this: it knows that spirit will give me extra healing while I'm in tree form. In caster form, it shows no healing bonus from the spirit, but in tree form, it calculates it for me:

It's really handy for times when something drops and you need to decide in a hurry whether it is good for you or not. Of course, with the consolidation of healing and damage into spellpower, you do still need to be careful about taking items that are probably more geared towards casters, but this mod will at least help you to know whether something is better than your current gear.


Christina said...
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Christina said...

I completely agree with you Keeva! RatingBuster is extremely helpful. I've been using it for a little while now and it really helps me to figure out whether or not I should take an item. Granted, I typically know what it is that I need, but this mod helps me to find stats or something on an item that I may miss the first time around. You don't know how many times I've almost accidentally rolled on an item with hit rating thinking that it said haste rating before I started using this mod >.< This mod helps prevent that... so does my fiance poking me in the arm telling me that I'm a healer and I don't need hit rating lol.

Keeva said...

I'm currently using Encircling Burnished Gold Chains (, which is an Emblem of Heroism item. The stats are:

+49 Stamina
+38 Intellect
+34 Spirit
Requires Level 80
Equip: Improves hit rating by 25 (0.76% @ L80).
Equip: Increases spell power by 59.

The hit rating makes me feel a bit embarrassed.. but the stats are better than the other caster neck from badges, and I wanted to upgrade my neck ASAP. Later I can pick up something from heroics or raiding, but for now, this suits me fine.

I told my guildies, "You know all those times that a tank has died and the healers have said 'OMG, I swear that heal landed!!!"? Well, this will help!"


Christina said...

LOL! That's an excellent way to look at it! I should use that sometime >.>