How to: RDSW

RDSW (Resto Druid Stat Weights) is a Weak Aura 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 your enchants, gems and general gearing decisions. It does almost all the work for you so that you can avoid any complicated math. The weights RDSW calculates are based off your own playstyle, gear, talents and legendary choices giving you a lot more precision then any generic stat orders (which are always inaccurate).

 

How do I get it?

You’ll need the Weak Auras 2 addon to run it which you can pick up from Curse: https://mods.curse.com/addons/wow/weakauras-2.

Next, grab the RDSW import string from: https://wago.io/VkuAT-pHb. Click Copy WeakAura Import String.

Open your Weak Auras by typing /wa into your chat console.

Weak Auras Import

Click new, hit Import (highlighted above) then paste your import string into the box. That’s it. You’re good to go.

 

How do I get my stat weights? Why the zeroes?

RDSW: Empty

When you first log in you’ll just see a whole bunch of zeroes. This is because RDSW bases your stat weights on what you’re actually fighting. If you run a mythic plus then it’ll give you weights to optimize your healing for that mythic plus, if you knock over heroic Maiden then you’ll get stat weights for heroic maiden and if you spend all night on Mythic Kil’Jaeden then it’ll optimize your weights for that fight. As a general rule you want to use the weak aura for the fight you are currently progressing on. There’s no point optimizing for farm content.

 

What’s the difference between RDSW: Current and RDSW: Total then?

Current shows stat weights for your last attempt on the boss. Just wipe to Sass’zine? RDSW captured the attempt. One attempt isn’t usually a great gauge of what setup is going to work best so the RDSW: Total table is provided which averages everything you’ve done since you logged in. Reset RDSW before you begin your progression boss to ensure accurate weights. The Total column is the one that we are primarily interested in.

 

I did a boss. What do the numbers mean then?

You should end up with something like this:

RDSW: Complete

Your best stat will always get a stat weight of 1 and then all other stats are a percentage of that. So, in the Current table above I have a Haste stat weight of 1 and then every other weight is compared to Haste and scaled accordingly. In the Total table I have a Mastery stat weight of 1 which means that Mastery was my strongest stat overall for this night of attempts with Haste, Crit and Versatility close behind.

Let’s compare two stat stick trinkets to see how the numbers shake out.

  • A 925 mastery stat stick has 2604 intellect and 1296 mastery. This gives it a score of 2604*0.801 + 1296 * 1 = 3382.
  • A 930 versatility stat stick has 2728 intellect and 1320 versatility. This gives it a score of 2728 * 0.801 + 1320 * 0.917 = 3396.

Therefore my 930 stat stick is just a little bit stronger, despite my dominant Mastery stat weight. All items can be compared this way. Raiders will want to enchant and gem based on the stat with the highest total weight on the fight you’re currently progressing on. A night of attempts is usually enough to get a good average.


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