QE Live: Upgrade Finder
The new QE Live Upgrade Finder module helps you plan out your gear set by showing how big an upgrade each item in the game is. You can use it to find out which dungeons to target, which raid bosses you’d like to be in for, and which world bosses are worth killing. Think of it as a more accurate, more personalized version of the old “best in slot” lists. It’s fast and easy to use, but we’ll go through it in depth below.
Step 1: Entering your gear
- The Upgrade Finder compares all possible raid, dungeon and PVP items with what you are currently wearing. It’ll need what is called a “SimC String” to grab that information. You can get one by downloading the SimulationCraft addon, then typing /simc in game.
- Hit the “Import” button as seen in the screenshot above and copy your string into the app.
- Hit “Submit” down the bottom and you’re good to go. If you get an error then flick to the bottom of the guide where we cover some common problems you might run into.
Step Two: Selecting your Content
Upgrade Finder results are personalized to the types of content you do. You can select any level of dungeon, any PVP rating (including no PVP at all) and up to two raid difficulties at a time.
Once you’re happy with your settings, hit “Go” down the bottom, and you’re done!
Each item is listed next to how large a percentage upgrade it is for your character. You can flick through content types at the top. Anything that is not an upgrade for you will be shown in grey instead. You can mouse over the item icons to learn more about them.
Frequently Asked Questions and Troubleshooting
My SimC string is showing that a slot is missing, but my character is fully equipped.
This is commonly caused by wearing an agility or strength weapon, which won’t be loaded into QE Live. You’ll generally want to stop using the weapon immediately and find an intellect equivalent. There is no item level gap in which you would choose a non-int weapon, regardless of secondary stats or scenario. If you are already wearing an intellect weapon you might have something that’s missing from the QE database. Feel free to report these to me on discord @ Voulk#1858 and they’ll be fixed quickly.
I’d like to see upgrades on a slot by slot basis instead of by encounter.
Upgrades listed by slot, as well as a special “Weekly Vault” section are coming very soon.