Is your raid stuck on a certain raiding encounter? Do you feel like your performance is flat-lined? learning how to navigate warcraft logs is the answer you need!
Hey what's up guys it's riggs again, today we have a very important video for y'all i have a lot of questions asking what is the biggest area to improve on, you know how can i get better, what am i doing wrong well here you go, this is the best answer to all those questions, today i'm going to teach you how to review your logs and improve from that so let's get into it.
All right so we're going to start here, what is warcraft logs, warcraft logs is is it's an advanced combat logging website that gives you information about every single interaction that occurs on any given you know any given raid encounter, key or any of that stuff right, like it's just it's it's basically including all the numbers and even the positional data and we'll get into all that stuff as the video kind of goes on, but it's basically just everything that you need to know from a you know data standpoint.
On the website and also the companion app that we covered in our add-on video so uh who is warcraft logs for anyone that's a short answer and it is basically anyone that's interested in whether it's evaluating your own game play you know looking at leaderboards you know that could be just you know race to world first stuff uh you know being able to see the guilds that are up there how many pull counts that they've done on things you know.
You could go here and look and see it's like how many pulls did you know method take on vigilant guardian pull counts are there it shows you the the progress that these guilds are making.
You know it also has like youtube embeds for each respective boss fights you know just
there is a multitude of things that this that this website covers um and it it's not just limited to race the world first stuff, this thing you know it has like key leaderboards uh you know all-stars you know for some people that are more into that side of things you're like our guild specifically we private logs so nobody's really worried about the all-star things but i know a lot of people are in guilds that you know that's you know that may be your motivation every night when you log on it's just to try to put up the best all-star numbers that you can and you
know compare yourselves against other you know top players and things like that or maybe let's say that you're someone that just wants to look at you know the statistics for any given boss fight it's like okay well i'm curious what skull x looks like from you.
You can go to pick different percentiles and things like that and just kind of look and see where your class stacks up on any given fight and just kind of like use that as a baseline you know so um i guess in short it basically it can be anyone it doesn't matter if you're just somebody that's looking for casual data or very specific and in-depth data.
Okay um how can this warcraft logs make you a better player, uh you know it may it's just it's
allowing you to go back and look at your performance you know break down the details in a specific way and you know be able to compare yourself to other players yeah iron out timings whether it be from you know a healer a tank or a dps standpoint and you know being able to go through these logs like you know during progress or even on farm.
All this stuff is very relevant information so you know we're going to go over each one of these and i'm going to explain to you guys how you're going to be able to learn how to do this if you have no experience doing it or again maybe you're somebody that's just used logs but you're not real savvy with it, we're gonna get into some of that stuff pretty in detail.
Log a Fight
All right so we're gonna start out here how do you log a fight all right so first things first
you're gonna log in you're going to go to your system tab and then you're going to go to the network tab and you're going to make sure that advanced combat logging is enabled okay once this is enabled you're going to get an add-on that has a logging function and you can
turn this on for whatever area of the game that you are wanting to focus on and you see here
from mine is basically just keys and raids but maybe you're somebody that also does arena you can also log arenas.
And then you see the other options here as well so that's how you get it set up in the first place so again make sure you enable it in your interface or your system settings and then you also get an add-on that auto logs when you zone into whatever respective area of the game that you're wanting to look at okay and then once you do that you're going to either whether it be via the companion app or the desktop client either one.
You know you can do it live log, you can do an upload log like you know normal like after the
raid or something that's where you just navigate to the log you name it and then you upload it and then once you have this information in then that's where you see you know what we were just looking at where it's basically it will show up on your calendar.
So this is our guild calendar, you know you can also let's say you're in a guild but you don't want to upload all of your stuff to the guild, you also have a personal log so this is something like if i'm ever playing my alt and like some random pugs i'm not going to spam the guild feed with this so you see here it's just like you know i'll upload them to my personal profile you know where there's some pug keys or you know uh pug raid information.
Navigating Fight Logs
All right so now that we've covered how to log a fight we're gonna get to how to navigate a fight that you have log, right so now that you've already got that in there it's like what next so again we're gonna in the the one law that we're going to be focusing on today is just a pug raid that i did on my second death knight, something i just been gearing up an alliance character now that they've got cross faction in the in the game so we're going to be just using skull lakes as an example.
So again to get here all i did was go to my personal logs on your profile you have your personal logs and then your guilds and then once you're on the calendar you select the raid that you're or the log that you wanted to look at and then you select the respective fight that you want to look at okay and from here you know this is where you were going to this is kind of like the starting point like you know this is where you're going to get into the analytical side of things and then be able to compare stuff and things like that.
So all right so now that we've covered how to get here and you know everything to set up to get to this point now we're going to just go through some practical application of you know using the website and me just kind of showing you guys some you know fundamental stuff that i do on pretty much a nightly basis and again we're going to be using my second death knight here as a decoy or training dummy whatever you want to call it and kind of be going from there.
So this is a fight where you know i went into a roy pug on skull x and you know i want to click on my name and then immediately just kind of look and see what i am doing you know looking and seeing you know damage breakdowns you know going and looking at casts, this is also a very big point of focus and one thing that you want to be doing like this is probably like between your damaged breakdown and your casts,these are probably like the main two
tabs that you're going to be looking at for the most part and you know one key part here is it's like you know it depending on what you're looking for if this is something that you're wanting to just look at in your raid you know you already kind of have to have an understanding of what this needs to look like but like in my case here this is something that
i'm wanting to figure out maybe what i'm doing wrong or like how i can improve my damage okay.
In order to do that uh what i ended up doing was i will just show you guys real quick walk you through how to do it, so in the event that you're wanting to compare yourself to someone else to figure out how to improve all you're going to do is you're going to click on the little the three bars up here in the top left corner then you're going to go to the rankings for whatever respective boss that you're wanting to look at and then you sort it by your class and your spec okay and you can get even more detail with this because you also need it to match you know roughly you know fight time, item level making sure that you have the the same amount of legendaries.
Okay so again what you're going to do is go and you set all these parameters up top to something that's similar to what you're going to have, so you obviously don't want to be looking at somebody that's like 280 item level when you're sitting there at 260 or something like that you also want to make sure the difficulty is the same, the patch number is the same and then and then make sure that you know when you're scrolling through here all this information is you know visible and you're wanting to find something that matches up with what you have going on so you want to make sure that they have the same legendaries and you want to make sure that they have the same covenant.
That's like the biggest two thing and the same fight time so you know what i'm scrolling through here you're again you're gonna look at what you know your information was you can go to your your summary if you need to find this stuff this shows you, you know your item level it shows you, you know what basically all the information that you have and you're wanting to go through here and find a comparable you know equal to you know somebody that's on the front page to find out what you want to adjust or change so you know the one that we ended up picking here was necroburst because this is somebody that was around 260 item levels this is two item levels higher it's not really that big of a deal, same legendaries, same covenant and things like that.
And then once you you know have this you're gonna do the same thing with them and you can either bounce back and forth this way on different tabs but for just for the you know sake of there's also a compare feature that you can use on the website but it kind of gets a little bit sticky whenever you're trying to like go back and then like change stuff because it makes everything stay the exact same all the time um you know it's useful if you're just wanting to compare one tab to one tab but when you're bouncing around between other stuff it kind of gets a little bit not fluid i guess the best way to explain it.
So i generally try to open them up in two separate tabs but feel free to use the compare feature if you would like um and then here so you know the first thing i want to do is just go to cats and it's like okay this person's in the top 50 of that bracket and then you know mine was lower than that so it's like i'm going to start here and then look at what i'm doing and compare that to what they're doing and figure out areas that i can you know improve so as you see up front you know it's i've got 63 skirt strikes to their 53 so it looks like that i'm you know pressing skirt strike more same number of death coils there's you know a a disparity of
two and festering strike well you know one in soul reaper both have the same number of unholy blights and apocalypses you know they fit in one more dark transformation you know it's roughly like within the same ballpark on the majority of this stuff uh for the most part so then it's like well you know that doesn't really make a lot of sense.
Then you're going to go to the damage done tap and this is where it gets a little bit more information that you kind of got to sift through so you kind of have to have an idea of knowing what you're looking for and the first thing that i noticed here was you know why is my melee combined with my pet's melee and their melee is not their pet has their entire bar up here to themself and then you can also see the drop down bar on their pet and then i noticed that oh wow their pet is you know doing 200k you know 150 plus k damage with sweeping claws you know claw and things like that and all all and whatnot it's like oh weird why is my pet not doing that and the answer would be you know because i didn't have the auto cast turned on for my ghoul you know what i mean because i'm just i'm just kind of learning unholy and this is i'm using myself as an example of what not to do in this situation
and you know this is something that you guys can hopefully just kind of like see the process here and be able to make adjustments on your end or you know have something that's kind of applicable.
Let's say that maybe you're a mage and you know you're going through this and you're looking at the number of combusts that you're fitting in versus the number of you know that someone else that you're comparing to these are the type of things that you want to look for
Again this is just all like information, a lot of these are on casts uh you can even go to let's go back like full screen on the log here you know if you really want to just go through specifically and look at kind of like what you're doing compared to someone else.
You know there's the timeline tab and this is something you can scroll through the entire fight and it just kind of goes over what buttons you're pressing when so it's just like on the opener it's like you can see the you know sequence of abilities that are used here it's like you know popping a bomb limb, you know then festering strike and things like that yeah this is something that you want to just pretty much use if you're wanting to look at a very specific point in the fight and looking at how someone is how you or someone else is sequencing like a very small window worth of abilities and things like that.
Then another part of this that i find myself using very frequently is the replay function and on skull x this is something that you know you can look and see kind of like where you are at
any given point during the fight where you're going you know like for here it's basically just like am i staying near the other melee and dodging the circles or making sure that i don't get too close to the tanks and things like that so like if i died i can go back here and look and see where my character model actually was when it happened you know like in a hypothetical situation where let's say that one of these tanks accidentally took a warlock gateway or for whatever reason just moved away from the boss and the boss hits the second you know the person that's closest to the tank and this person was further away and for whatever reason i was closer then it would kill me this is something i would be able to go back and look and see how this is happening.
Again this is in the replay feature you're able to kind of zoom in and and it's showing you here on the side what buttons you're pressing in the order that you're pressing them, you see here i'm just spamming death coil you know skirt strike, outbreak uh and things like that so it's just a very quick overview for the replay feature.
I'm gonna go back to the analyze tab, another thing like let's use for example like over the span of an entire raid night you know let's use the guilds log as an example here you know we had a handful of wipes on anduin so you can go to this you can also select like very specific fights like this and you can select like two out of three or something this, generally is something that would come into play if you have you know like 20 or 30 like on a prog night okay.
So another feature here that i kind of want to go over and we i kind of just bounced back to this is one of our progression logs and you can kind of see here how this uh is lined up where you have like a bulk amount of data that you kind of want to go through and let's say that you only want to see every poll that was you know below 50 or something so you can go to a select specific fights and then we're gonna go through and we're gonna select every like blue purple and orange pull for the knight and the kill so you know and then you will view those fights only and then whenever you view those this basically shows you up here how many wipes that you're looking at which looks to be like twelve pulls and let's say like out of your twelve pulls you wanna go and look and see maybe you know the deaths.
This is something that you kind of wanna go and look at and then see like who and you always want to make sure to filter this to like probably three or four on any given fight and then you know it shows like you know who's got problems that are you know dying early and something like that like if you have somebody that's like way far below someone else and you you kind of like identify patterns that way this is an area of the logs that i find myself using very frequently is that this specific tab with the the threshold for you know whatever number let's say some fights like jailer you know like p4 jailer or something you can sort this by five you know that kind of changes it and what this allows people to do is you know if it's unfiltered.
This is basically just going to be kind of disingenuous about what the numbers end up being so you want to have this filtered specifically uh and to be clear on how you guys you know how to read one of these charts the lower that you want your number to be you want to be near the bottom of this so 100 means you never you were never one of the first three people that died on any one of these pools that we're looking at uh the lower that your number the more often that you're dying so each one of these pools that are here these are all really early deaths so this means you died a little bit over halfway through the pool this means you died at the very beginning of the pool like 20 into the pull and things like that so like the lower the numbers here the worse, so you want to be near this end with you know as close to 100s as you possibly can.
The next tab we're going to kind of go over real quick is the mechanics tab this is something that is not always like 100 right at the beginning of a tier but like once you know things are you know worked out and all the log information is updated properly this is something that you can go through and look and make sure that people are uh i think at one point this had like you know if you're getting hit by like certain mechanics it would show up on here uh i'm not sure if they still have that going it doesn't like that for rygelon here but this is something you can see in like you know who's using two potions and who's not who's you know who's getting value out of their hearthstones or healing potions and things of that nature so this is something as like a raid leader or maybe even just a raider in the in the raid that you're
trying to just find some constructive feedback you know.
Go to this tab and then you can see who's using the potions and and things like that instead of having to go through and you know count them by going to buffs and then go through each potion or something like that it's just a real quick way to find that information there.
Okay so now i just want to kind of go over i guess an actual practical application of using the replay tab right because i know skolex was it kind of showed you guys what it looked like but now i'm going to actually just kind of show you exactly the type of things that you would be looking for in here and like p3 jailer was a very good example of when replay was used you know so like if you're having wipes and things like that this is something that was very hard to get back to this point so you wanted to make sure that you know there are times between pulls where we will legit just kind of stop the raid and then i'll ask everybody to open up my discord stream and we will just go through the replay and then i can just kind of like go over
positioning with people and things like that and make sure that everybody understands where they need to be and you know uh let's say for the torments and whatnot so uh and like right here you can see us kind of spreading out and forming the lines where the range and stuff are linking together.
So right here this is when we're connecting the line with the azure i think so let's say that your guild doesn't connect the beam and you need to figure out exactly why and i know a lot of people get kind of confused with you know you know witch hunting with this and obviously it needs to be used with you know constructive criticism in mind and what not so it's like trying to figure out who's the weak link right so let's say that you had somebody standing this warlock let's say they were standing right here and it didn't link to the mage and then into azeroth you want to make like this is this is where you would find that you would go to the timestamp that you need and then pause it and then just look at everyone's positioning and kind of go from there.
Okay so that would be like a one of the the best usage examples that you could have of the
All right, I know that's a lot to digest if you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and be sure to keep an eye on our future videos, we'll be talking a lot more about how to improve as a player in the coming weeks.
thank you very much for watching and i'll catch you next time!