I want to help people pick covenants - but I don’t think it is a choice that is appropriate for the “optimizer”. The simulator is a good tool to measure the relative value of the covenants, but the value will shift dramatically based on what you are simulating. Single target training dummy (“Patchwerk”) simulations are going to be of very limited value in covenant evaluation, imo. Our mythic+ script will be a decent indicator for that play situation. I want to make scripts for many of the new raid bosses, but I can’t really do that until I have logs, so it’s a bit of a chicken and the egg problem.
I have sunk a ridiculous amount of time into testing on the beta and pouring over the simulator, so, I do actually have some first hand experience of every covenant ability. My hope is to have enough time to make some blog posts to help people decide what covenant they might want to use.
From what I am seeing, blizzard has decided to reduce the power of covenant abilities to a point where you won’t really feel too bad no matter what choice you make. Which kind of sucks on the one hand… but it also helps solve their problem on the other hand. I will try to make a specific point of highlighting outliers if they make it through balancing. I’m going to have a vastly different perspective than the writers for wowhead, especially on tanking and healing… so you can use my opinions as another data point in your decision.
Also, feel free to just start a discussion about specific covenants or specs on the forum here - I could spitball on them with you if you want my input before I can do something “formal”