WoW Patch 8.3 Updates

Zoopercat made a nice blog post describing the new gear system, give that a read first:
Corrupted Gear Blog Post

Starting today, we will be updating the site with a series of changes for the WoW 8.3 update!

The first update will go live shortly and contains the following:

  • Simulator updated with the latest known data from PTR for 8.3
  • All new gear available in the simulator and optimizer
  • Corrupted gear available for testing in the simulator and optimizer (you can modify an item to be corrupted the same way you can modify an item to be titanforged in an item list)
  • New essences implemented but not ranked

Note that rankings of most new stuff are not complete! New minor essences in particular won’t rank yet – we’re working on that over this week and next. New trinkets won’t have any value assigned to their special effects yet.

We do have some very preliminary rankings for the various corrupted effects. It is a ballpark based on PTR data, that will most certainly need to be tweaked and refined over the coming weeks. We’ll keep everyone posted.

Also note that the optimizer option to cap corruption at a desired level doesn’t fully function yet – it will by patch day though!


Today we posted another update in preparation for the 8.3 patch coming on January 14th.

  • Added source information and upgrade finder searches for gear from the new Horrific Visions activity
  • Improved some other item source information and item level information

Season 4 will not begin until January 21st, 1 week after the patch is released. For that first week, Mythic+ will still rewards Season 3 level gear. We have updated the site early to show Season 4 levels for all gear though, so that people can check out all the new stuff and so that we can start ranking it all on the global network.

For this one week period before Season 4 starts, here are a few tips to ease the transition:

  1. In the upgrade finder, if you are looking for what to spend your titan residuum on before Season 4 starts:
    – For 445 azerite gear, use the titan residuum search, then filter it to “mythic 7”.
    – For 430 azerite gear, use the Regular Dungeons search, set it to Mythic, then filter the results to “azerite”

  2. We have added the “in eternal palace” option back so that you can still optimize around the benthic gear bonuses this week if you wish. We’ll probably remove this option once Season 4 starts, because it won’t be relevant anymore, and we try to keep the UI from getting too cluttered with options.


Site updated with the latest item/spell data that went live today! Of course they sneaked in a few changes!

A few other things included in this update:

  1. Worst in Bags should behave reasonably (albeit conservatively) with corrupted gear. We’ll probably tweak it a bit as people get more corrupted gear to have more aggressive options for getting rid of old corrupted gear, but for now it will at least not tell you to junk something that you should keep.

  2. The corruption cap option is fully functional in both Best in Bags and Best in Slot! Please let us know if you have any difficulties with it, that was a pretty tough feature to implement.

  3. Addon version 81 released, bumps the version and adds support for importing the new allied races.

Now we are working on re-ranking all gear, and getting rankings in there for the new essences and raid loot. We’ll keep everyone posted as we work on that this week.

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We did another update today with a few tweaks and fixes:

  1. Apparently you can get items that are both corrupted and have extra sockets, so we added that as an option on the UI.
  2. Fixed a few issues with the corruption cap optimization that was causing it not to behave well in some cases, particularly cases where a player doesn’t have much gear available.
  3. Updated a few corruption effect rankings, e.g. Surging Vitality (versatility proc on damage taken) now has a value for non-tanks specs as well.

We are still working on re-ranking everything, but a little clarification on what currently is ranked:

  • All corruption effects are ranked pretty well
  • All gear is still ranked pretty well using the existing 8.2 models (there weren’t that many class changes with 8.3 that would significantly impact the value of stats, etc)
  • New trinket effects from e.g. the Ny’alotha raid, and the 7 new minor essences, are not ranked yet, working on it!

Even though the current rankings for most things should work pretty well, we are re-ranking everything regardless. One of the reasons we need to do this is that the current ranking data was not designed to scale up to players in ilvl475+ gear. They only really work up to about ilvl455, so they need to be updated to extend out to the higher item levels people will reach soon. That is what we mean when we say we need to “re-rank” everything with a new tier of content.

We also need to add new data to adjust things if you are using one of the new essences as your major essence – things should rank fine with them as your major right now, but might have a slightly higher margin of error than the old essences. As always, we’ll post announcements when that new data is ready!

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Posted another big update today!

This update has new rankings for all specs – all new gear and essences are ready to go in the optimizer.

We have not updated the guides yet. New talent and major essence ranking information is coming soon, within the next couple days.

We also have a couple features to help you make decisions about corrupted gear in the works – we hope to release those this week as well. More info on that in a later post.

As always, if you have any difficulties with the new rankings, make a post that describes your issue in detail, and we’ll fix it as soon as possible.

Just release version 82 of the addon with auto-logging for Ny’alotha, as well as a couple small bug fixes to the corruption cap optimization. It should do a better job of trying essence combos with your corrupted gear to stay under your desired corruption cap now.

Another update today! We have implemented the nerf to Infinite Stars and fine-tuned several other corruption effect rankings.

New Feature: Corruption Effect Ranking

This is a new Upgrade Finder search to help you visualize the value of these different corruption effects:

(Note that there are a lot of searches now, so less-used ones are in a picker at the bottom of the list.)

And once you search, here is what it looks like:

We show:

  1. The “tier” of the effect (most effects have 3 tiers, it is random which will show up on any corrupted item)
  2. How much corruption that effect would give you (number next to icon)
  3. The name of the effect, and the tooltip for the effect it adds (hover over the icon)

These are ranked as if you added that effect to your current Best in Bags gear (ignoring any corruption caps).

Cool Tip!

See the “Ranking Method” picker at the top? You can change that to “Per 20 Corruption.” What that does is rank how big of an upgrade each thing would be per 20 corruption it gives you. This shows you which effects are the most efficient use of your corruption, and is a nice way to compare the relative power of effects. For example, of course a 75 corruption effect will be stronger than a 15 corruption effect… but is it better point for point? This search will help you determine that.