How to: Healer Stat Weights (Addon)
HSW (Healer Stat Weights) is an addon that automatically calculates your stat weights based on the content that you’re currently running. It’ll tell you what your strongest and weakest stats are and you can use that information for you enchants, gems and general gearing decisions. It does all the work for you so that you can avoid any complicated math. The weights that it calculates for you are based off your own playstyle, gear, talents, and Azerite traits giving you a lot more precision than any generic stat weights that you might find on the internet (which are always inaccurate). If you’re min-maxing then this isn’t a replacement for your spec spreadsheets but it’s an incredibly powerful and convenient tool to use alongside them. HSW supports all six healer specs, but is currently only 100% correct for Resto Druid.
The addon is still in Beta. Please read the dungeon section below if you’re using it outside of raids.
How do I get it? Why the zeroes?
You can grab it from Curse at https://wow.curseforge.com/projects/healerstatweights or your Twitch client. Install it in your WoW directory with the rest of your addons and you’re set. Once you’re in game type /hsw and check boxes based on the type of content you want weights for. Avoid filling your history with information that isn’t useful to you by turning on the highest level of dungeon and raid that you complete and leaving the others unticked.
Remember that your weights are based off what you’re fighting so you’re going to see a whole lot of zeroes until you raid or jump into a dungeon. You want your weights to reflect the boss you’re currently progressing on so don’t jump into an LFR if you’re a mythic raider.
I did a boss. What do the numbers mean?
You should end up with something like this (example only, of course):
Intellect will always display 1 and then all other stats are based off that. So, in the Current Fight table above gaining 1 point of mastery is 3.44 times as good as gaining 1 point of intellect. You can use this information to make gearing decisions, and the addon has a Pawn export to make your life really easy.
Let’s compare two stat stick trinkets to see how the numbers shake out.
- A 323 mastery stat stick has 175 intellect and 131 mastery. This gives it a score of 175 + 131 * 3.44 = 626
- A 333 versatility stat stick has 193 intellect and 138 versatility. This gives it a score of 193 + 138 * 2.02 = 471
So my 323 mastery stick is stronger, despite being a lower ilvl. All items can be compared this way. This early in the expansion higher ilvl upgrades are often best since intellect has such a high weighting. Raiders will want to enchant and gem based on the stat with the highest weight on the fight you’re currently progressing on. By exporting your weights to the Pawn addon you can avoid doing any math while still having stat weights you can rely on.
Exporting to Pawn
- Hit the trumpet icon above your weights. Copy the string from the box.
- Open Pawn and hit Import to paste the string. You’re set.
Your fight history
The HSW history function lets you check out your weights from previous fights. You can find it by typing /hsw and hitting the History tab. You can also click the page icon on the frame to flick through recent fights. Your fight history is saved between sessions. You can also see what your weights were over an entire Mythic+ run.
Setting up for dungeons
Mana isn’t as big a concern for healers in most dungeon content, and so we start judging haste on how many extra casts it lets us fit into a fight or specific healing window. You’ll need to change a setting in HSW to reflect Hastes increased value. Type /hsw and uncheck the following box. You’ll need to turn it back on when you raid.
How accurate is HSW?
HSW is very accurate for Resto Druid but varies heavily for the other specs. In particular it has trouble with Mistweaver and Disc Priest Haste weights. It can also be mixed for calculating Mastery values. The addon isn’t likely to be updated in the near future so consider using your spec spreadsheet for stat weights or just equip your highest ilvl pieces.
Want to read more about stats?
- Resto Druid: https://questionablyepic.com/restodruid-stats/
- Disc Priest: http://focusedwill.com/discipline-guide#stats
- Holy Priest: http://bit.ly/HPriestRaidTldr
- Mistweaver Monk: http://www.peakofserenity.com
- Holy Paladin: http://www.wowhead.com/holy-paladin-stat-priority-guide
- Resto Shaman: https://ancestralguidance.com/stats/
HSW doesn’t display in my config menu and /hsw does nothing
This was recently fixed. Update your HSW to the most recent version.