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Nearly a year ago, I started work on an elemental DPS spreadsheet to fill the gap left in my need for theorycraft-supported knowledge after SEIC stopped development.  A month later I released this on the Elitist Jerks and Wowhead forums as the ZAP! spreadsheet, and ended up basing the vast majority of what I wrote … Continue reading

ZAP! v1.2.8

Update: Internet’s fixed!  Tiny update uploaded as 1.2.8a: Elemental Focus Stone now correctly filtered as a 10-man trinket. Small improvement to the backup Haste DEP thing. Full 1.2.8 notes after the jump.

Pity the fool

This is not an “April Fools” post, OK?  No, seriously, it isn’t.  Yes I know it’s April 1st, but this is just a normal post.  OK?  OK.  Good.  (But have you checked out Blizzard’s new EPEEN feature or the exciting new mobile games from Also, I apologise in advance for all the pingback spam … Continue reading

Glyphs: Lava vs. Flametongue

Since 3.3.3, Glyph of Flame Shock is no longer a contender for our third glyph slot.  So what is?  In my last post I left the question open by just noting that Lava and Flametongue looked about the same sort of value.  This post will ask the question, “which is really better?” – and hopefully … Continue reading

Flame Shock in 3.3.3

In patch 3.3.3, so sayeth the PTR patch notes, we can look forward to some changes regarding our core Flame Shock spell.  Just to recap what those changes are (I’m sure everyone reading is already well familiar with them but hey!  bullet points!!): Flame Shock’s periodic damage (its “damage over time” component) will now be … Continue reading

ZAP! 1.2.3

Another minor new release, version 1.2.3 doesn’t feature any maths changes but does include a couple of new things that folks have requested.  Two features I want to highlight are the new Gem Suggester and Profile thingies, as well as the optimisation which should make the spreadsheet faster and “lighter”.

ZAP! 1.2.2

I don’t like spamming the blog with new spreadsheet versions, but once again it’s a minor update that’s quite important.  Version 1.2.2 changes: Item Ranking Links: Wowhead, LootRank and Pawn ranking links have been added to the Calculator tab.  This happened so quickly because I was very kindly invited to copy the “code” out of … Continue reading

ZAP! for patch 3.3.2

I’ve completed the major revision of the ZAP! spreadsheet that I’ve been working on, and it’s now fully up-to-date for patch 3.3.2.  The entire guts of the thing have been rewritten and a lot of new features have been added, some old ones changed, and others have gone altogether (at least for now).  The user … Continue reading


y elo thar My “step back” is over and I can, uh… “step forward”?  again?  I guess?  Hooray.  At any rate, the posts and updates should start flowing at a normal pace again for a while.  I think this blog thing has had more of an effect on me than I’d realised: by the end … Continue reading

Icecrown: The last suit you’ll ever wear

Update: This is not updated for 3.3.5 and Ruby Sanctum.  Yeah, and I still haven’t done the SimCraft DPS figures. Let’s talk about best-in-slot lists!  Anyone who knows me will know how cynical I can be about these lists, so may be surprised to find me posting about them.  I’d better explain. Best-in-slot lists are … Continue reading

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