View Full Forums : I want to know how to theorycraft =)

08-24-2008, 09:04 PM
I see everyone talking about theroycrafting and spitting out all these numbers. I suck at math but I am willing to read on how you come up with these #s and what you need to do and what tools to be able to understand it better. Is there a thread that spits this out for those that seem stupid. :grin:

Theorycrafting 101 for dummies LOL :nono:

08-31-2008, 02:42 PM
Hello druid ! :>
My, what is going on! I switch countries for a fortnight and poor druids have questions unanswered for a whole week!

Theorycrafting is basically a way of maximising your effectiveness via maths.

A very simple example is as follows. Suppose we want to discover how much crit chance druids gain per point of agility.
Look at your crit chance, then add/take away a certain amount of agility. Then look at it again, and do Maths to figure out how much it changed :>

So, just as an example (these numbers are not necessarily 100% accurate), supposing you do this test, and you start out with 27% crit chance.
You then remove an item that was giving you 25 agility, and check your crit chance again - it's dropped to 26%.
Therefore we can see that 25 agility = 1% crit chance. :>

So if we want to find out exactly how much crit chance we gain per 1 agility, all you need to do is divide 1 by 25.

1 divided by 25, according to Microsoft Calculator, is 0.04.
So that means we get 0.04% crit chance per 1 agility. :>

(I'd like to take this opportunity to again point out that this is just an example and my numbers here are NOT based on the actual game or any tests I have done myself or indeed anything at all)

Tada! We has theorycrafted.
There are plenty of other things to theorycraft, things like hit rating, expertise rating, armor values, and so on.
There is a special website dedicated purely to theorycrafting called Elitist Jerks ( - if you're interested to find out more, or to just get the fruits of others work so you don't have to spend hours doing calculations, go take a peek :> Likewise if you have some other druid-specific questions please feel free to post them up here, and I'm sure we will all do our utmost to halp answer them :>


08-31-2008, 08:54 PM
Thanks so much for your time to answer that question. I have read EJ and they throw so many numbers at you it is crazy lol. I wish I could read their site while at work but I will read some more when I get home.

09-01-2008, 05:22 AM
I did try several times to answer and Annik has written what I was trying to say far more succinctly than I managed, but hey ho, why write a sentence when a paragraph will do? :D

In terms of tools, Excel (or a.n. other spreadsheet) comes in very handy. You can also find a lot of the maths behind Wow's mechanics on sites like WoWWiki, google is also your friend for this sort of thing. "WoW Crit Formula" will not only get you a link to the formula itself but no-doubt countless pages of discussion on sites like EJ and others about whether its 1AG = .04 or .041 crit %

I did the same as you and quickly scaled back my short term goals from "I'll be Nellie, uber Druid and sage for all things game related" to "I'll be Nellie who'll try and not let you die in Slave Pens but at least have a good idea of what I'm doing and why".