Hey. So, I read that AMR has this “pick what you like” policy or approach when it comes to talent selection, but I’m hoping that I can convince some decision-makers to — not exactly change the approach but — add another option for users who prefer a different approach.
See, I think that most or at least a significant percentage of users, who care enough about simulating their character(s) or optimizing their gear to pay a reasonable price for it, would also probably be curious if one or two “off-meta” talents here and there would help them squeeze a bit more DPS, HPS, or perhaps even toughness-over-time for their tanks than the results produced by meta talents. I, at least, do not pick talents that I subjectively like or prefer, with the rare exception when the meta build is too cumbersome, difficult to use, or works best with endgame gear, and I’m still a beginner in the class or my gear is too weak to really benefit from the raiding meta build (too low haste or whatever, for example). I actually go to Wowhead and Icy Veins, find out what the meta build(s) for my spec is, and I use that build the vast majority of the time. Even some of the single-talent changes I may make sometimes are still “meta” changes, like changing from Balance to Restoration affinity on my Guardian Druids when tanking certain affixes in Mythic+ dungeons.
And I gave the details above to follow up by saying that I don’t think I’m all that special really among WoW players who sim or pay to have easier and quicker ways of optimizing their gear. I think a significant percentage of similar users to me would want to squeeze out the maximum performance from their alts by changing a few talents here and there if going off-meta in a couple of talents means that they can get better performance with their current gear. And in the end, it’s going to be up to those users to judge for themselves whether that 2% or 5% extra DPS that they got after using those new talents are worth the trouble or not, or whether the new talents are too cumbersome in practice to actually pull off that theoretical extra DPS. And AMR can always add a little disclaimer under its projected increase or decrease in DPS, clarifying that those changes are theoretical and actual results in practice may differ from player to player based on countless unpredictable factors, for those users who need to be reminded of this common sense.
And by way of “easier,” I hasten to add another suggestion:
I hope that copying the “Export” text in-game can be made much, much easier and faster soon. Easier and faster as in, requiring just one click or, much more ideally, one press of a key bind. I’m more than happy with an extra AMR button on my Titan Panel or even my minimap! And I’d be even happier with a new key to be dedicated to copying the AMR Export text of my current character & spec, as that would save me finding the AMR button with the movement of my mouse cursor; pressing a key is something you can do mindlessly and much faster, and that’s good for administrative, repetitive, uncreative tasks like copying and pasting. And yes, I level up enough alts, and try to squeeze as much out of my limited in-game budget and gear as I can, so I optimize very often, to actually prefer to use whatever limited space or keys I have to be dedicated to the easy copying of my AMR’s Export text.
Then, pasting the Export text into AMR’s website can be made even easier too, I’m sure! Giving the user the option of having the “AMR ADDON” field permanently open on the website, and also putting the cursor there by default, would be a great start.
Further potential of improvement would require more significant development time to use an AMR app that synchronizes with the in-game AMR addon, kind of like how it works with Wowhead’s, TSM’s, or Warcraftlogs’s apps, but maybe even on a better level, where the user presses one key to copy their character’s and spec’s AMR Export text and simultaneously have that text fed into the AMR app for a quick optimization of their choice, in my case, a Best in Bags optimization. Then, if needed, maybe another key press to send the optimization results to the in-game addon and automatically equip the Best in Bags gear.
Maybe that can be viewed as “too much investment/effort,” but let me hasten to add that I would most probably be willing to pay, say, $0.5 extra monthly for such a feature alone. If you give me an optional extra premium feature of “automating the alt-tabbing and copying and pasting” for me, I’m happy to pay extra for it. Yes, maybe a few users who have poor grasp of economics and how pricing works would complain and call it “greed” but you can’t make everyone happy sometimes anyway. I understand that extra development and features require extra workforce time, and in this case, I’m happy to pay extra for it. And I also really appreciate it when services are priced on several levels to accommodate different needs and budgets.