Sacridice - Demon Hunter

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Sacridice - Demon Hunter

Post by Sholdice » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:01 am

1. Character name, Server
Sacridice - Illidan [H]

2. Class, Race, and Spec (and Artifact Level)
Demon Hunter, Blood Elf, Havoc, 43.9

3. Link to an Armory profile, and an explanation of anything that may not be readily apparent from your Armory profile (alternate sets of gear, currently PvP-specced, etc.) ... /sacridice

I guess the only thing that might seem weird is the gems/enchants not all matching? They're such a small thing that I didn't find it necessary to swap everything over and have just been replacing them as I get new gear.

Talents might be interesting, the gear I have sims best with the DA build but the CT/blades build is pretty close with some other gear. I'm a bit concerned I've found myself in a local maximum and not a global one but the added benefits of fragment healing has won me over for now.

4. What are your usual playing hours? Are there days/times when you are consistently unavailable? Inform us of your daily work/school schedule, what time do you get home from work/school, and what time must you be in bed for the next day. Are you able to make our raid times in general? Is this availability going to change within the next few months, or with a change in Semester (if applicable)?
Raid times will never be a problem. I've been raiding in this game since TBC and seriously since WotLK. It's a big enough part of my life that I'll make sure raid has the time and life can work around it. Usually xmas holidays are the only time I can't muscle through it.

As for what my regular hours and whatnot are: I work a regular day job (software engineer) and am home by about 1830 eastern pretty much every work day, as late as 1930 some nights but hours are flexible at work and I can go in early or more later to make up time if necessary. I don't have to travel for work either so that's not an issue. Being an adult does have some perks wrt/ bedtime. Schedule should almost never be an issue.

5. Discuss your prior endgame raiding experience. Specify your experience with Heroic/Mythic in previous content as well as your experience in the current tier.
Chronologically seems to be the best way to handle this.

Vanilla: Didn't raid, played the game pretty casually and just messed around with friends
TBC: Holy priest. Cleared everything through Illidan and kalecgos. Guild fell apart near the end we didn't do anything else in sunwell.
WotLK: Started as a holy priest through naxx, switched to a resto/ele shaman for Ulduar and the rest of the expansion. Everything as 25m and killed while it was current on heroic. Might have done LK heroic on 10m but it's been so long it all blends together now.
Cata: Switched to ret paladin at the start felt like I had done my time healing and was ready to change. Guild at the time wanted a tank so I swapped for them. They fell apart shortly after so I remained a Prot pallly for the forseeable future. Did dragonslayer and cleared the entire expansion as it was current on heroic. I think we did deathwing at 10% nerf. Again it's been a while.
Mists: Moved across the country so picked a guild with better raid times and continued playing as prot pally. Did all of mists as it was current on heroic. Peak performance here at US 25th lei shen. Continued playing prot pally through the whole expansion.
WoD: More prot work here until Blackhand. All CE. Had to step down for school (big capstone project in my final year) so did not raid HFC seriously. Did complete it CE shortly before legion came out and this is where I made the swap to Ret.
Legion: Played as ret for the whole expansion, everything CE US 50-60 range for the most part. Nothing special here.
BFA: Swapped to havoc dh for the guild since we had none going into the expansion and have been playing that since. Still top 100 but rankings have been slipping. We are currently working on jaina mythic with a best pull of about 10% (I guess technically 5%ish) and more pulls than I'm comfortable admitting (499 after monday).

That's where I am now. I've played most aspects of the game over the last decade and a half and have settled into mostly playing melee/tank since that's what I seem to enjoy and excell at. The TLDR of a lot of this is that I've been around for a long time and have participated in pretty much all of the raid content the game has offered in a number of different roles, most of which has been in the US top 100 with some great moments and some not so great moments thrown in.

6. Why do you want to leave your current guild? Why do you want to join us? Specifically, what interests you in our band of merry idiots?
Current guild (Raiding Rainbows) raids 4 nights a week, I was pretty ok with this before but with the slipping ranks it's hard to justify this to both myself and my wife. I'm looking for a shorter raid hours guild that lets me have more time for the more fun aspects of the game and lets me get some time off to play other games that I enjoy but haven't had time to. There's some instability in the raid also with a huge number of people leaving and the new recruits don't seem to be up to the challenge.

As uninteresting as it sounds I'm looking at you guys primarily because there's an actual openning for melee, speficially DH, and the hours are great. From what I've seen of the streams I was pointed to the raid environment seems pretty alright and the progress looks good. I don't know anyone here (though I did see one of my old warrior buddies panzar in the apps section) but from what I did see I don't have to worry about someone shouting slurs through the mic when a mistake happens regularly.

7. Give us some info on your class knowledge and self performance analysis in this section:
7a. What resources and practices do you use to keep up with your class and maximizing your DPS/HPS/Surivability?
For the most part just simming things constantly. I check in on the DH discord occasionally but I'm not a huge fan of the way they have everything laid out. It's a good place to check in and see what the general population is looking at but the only way to really dive into things is to sim it for yourself.
7b. What fights in the current tier do you swap Talents and Traits to something different than the norm (if at all)? What do you swap and why? Feel free to list on a boss per boss basis.
As far as DPS specific talents go there aren't really any fight specific things that I'd change talents for. The only thing that comes to mind is maybe swapping to fel barrage if more burst add damage is needed on opulence but that wasn't an issue when I got there so I've been sticking with trail the whole time. Most of the dh kit is pretty close in terms of damage so that's not really an issue.

As far as defensively there are some arguments to be made for the 2 non dps rows. For the 108 row I like to stick with fel eruption for the targetted stun in case it's needed. For example hitting the marines on jaina if they aren't MCd or raptors on Conclave. The other two are both fine options but I found I prefer Fel Eruption over the other two in most scenarios.

Netherwalk vs Soul Rending is the other choice. SR provides a fair bit more self healing and NW is a damage immunity. I've always found that I prefer to have the immunity for safety reasons and at least with my current sims showing DA to be a better damage build the added survivability of the healing from soul fragments covers the gap from SR. NW definately the superior choice when immunities are needed like again on Opulence and it's a pretty good save on jaina if you end up out escorting the tanks with high stacks (first avalanche in p2).

There is an argument to be made for swapping to a nemesis build if you desperately need the 2m cd dmg and nothing else really matters (as I think was done very briefly in some of the first rastaman kills) but I'm not really convinced it was the right choice.

Lastly I mentioned the DA/blades builds options further up but I guess it's worth mentioning a second time. I've got DA simming better for me with the one eyes of rage and with trading it out for a CT and swapping to blades build it's very similar (within sim variance) but I'm more comfortable with DA and the healing is a bonus.
7c. How do you analyze your performance on a new fight and figure out how/what you can improve on next week? Don't just say you use logs and compare to others of your class - what specifically are you looking for when you have a good/bad parse?
Most of the log stuff I'll take a look at while the night is going on a second monitor or through details and stuff. Comparing to others is a decent component if they're consistently ahead of me.

For more specifics, checking when things happen in a fight (timestamps) is pretty critical. Knowing if I need to save cds or if I have enough time to pop them again earlier. Checking to see when the big dangerous parts happen and if I'm doing all I can to make it through those times.

One other thing that can be useful is to figure out why other people might be having issues with certain parts of the fight so that I can learn from that instead of having to make that mistake and costing a wipe later on to learn that same lesson. The biggest things are making sure I'm doing my job effectively through things like priority target damage breakdowns and deaths.

For specific things relating to damage it's a bit difficult to check just due to the number of things like haste procs changing the number of casts, especially with different haste values baseline, but usually you'd see how many death sweep (blade dance) casts that got off or how much fury you gained/lost to various sources. Specifically to improve dps those are largely the things to look at for DH. Our gameplay just isn't that complicated.

8. Please include your character log report showcasing your performance on the relevant bosses of the tier. If your logs are private, please change your Warcraftlogs login and list the username/password here so we can access your logs. If you aren't comfortable listing it publicly, please PM it to Palin privately on these forums. Please remember to change your WCL login again a few days later after we've reviewed your application.
Linking for 8.1 logs since we've been extending for a while and I feel it's a larger sample size and better representation of my play: ... artition=1

We do use private logs so I've set up the temporary login credentials (there's no confirm that it's been changed so lets hope this works)
WCL login name: Diceone
WCL password: appTemp

Only real one that I think "needs explaining" is stormwall which has been a pretty chaotic rekill for us. It'd be a bit nicer if things lined up well with lust usage but with how bad we've been at rekills I don't think there's room for something like an orange out of it. Could definately have done better but I feel it's an outlier.

Grong average is also off due to being the orb carrier for our first kills and sacrificing myself for the greater good so to speak but when that wasn't necessary I think I did pretty well.

Also this past night (monday the 8th) was a pretty awful night for me in general (dc death and 2 stupid other deaths) due to the raid basically rotating 2-3 people a night and some very confused wipe calls in the later half of the night. If you want to rip on me for dumb things I did there I'm happy to admit them but I know it wasn't my best play. Last week (week of the first) I feel I played significant better.

9. Of the above logs, please do a quick analysis of what fights you did well on, what went wrong on certain fights, etc. Use this chance to explain any context behind good/bad logs.

So I think I've actually done a pretty good job of jaina progression. I definately have had enough mistakes and problems over the course of it but I feel that for the most part I learned well from them and carried on. Esepcially by now we've been at it so long that I don't think there's a lot to scrutinize.

The first rastakhan kill I had I definately made some mistakes on, especially not paying attention to timers and using a potion right before inevitable end. On subsequent kills that obviously got remedied.

In general though, and as crummy an answer as people might say it is, I'm always more interested in getting the boss dead than parsing so I'll happily take the dps hit to do the rest of it right. Sometimes this means pumping as hard as you can, and sometimes this means sitting on your hands or eye beaming away from the big ice elemental. Parsing has never been my big focus but I still constantly strive to play better, the oranges just don't mean that much to me.

Adding in some stuff about tonight since it's fresh in my mind. Getting hit by the tank beam in phase one was dumb as was some poor play with avalanche earlier in the that got me killed. I think there was also one pull where I got ice blocked in the intermission and caused some struggles without dying or causing a wipe.

10. Can your PC handle WoW at high effects (Lust, Scorp Room, etc.)?
Yes. I've not had any issues with my computer that have required me to turn down graphics or rendered me unable to deal with a mechanic in all the years that I've played the game and I have been piecemeal upgrading things as the years go by. On real bad fights in the raid I usually keep above 30fps and can maintain a solid 45+ for 'normal' encounters. Sitting around town cruises along at a good 90.

Current setup:
nvidia 1070 (just a regular, not a ti)
3 monitors only one of which is ancient
32gb of ram (yes I know this is overkill)
self-contained liquid cooling (corsair h80 I think)
more hard drive space than a sane person needs

11. Please include a SS of your raiding UI. IF A KEYBINDING IS NOT SHOWN NO YOUR FRAME, PLEASE EXPLAIN AND list any relevant keybinds not shown in the screenshot. Make sure we can see everything that pops up in a raid, meaning take the SS in combat in LFR or something of the like so we can see your boss mods, timer positioning, WeakAuras, raid frames, etc.

Missing from this is the emphasized bars which go right below where you can see the jaina blizzard bar(s). Other boss specific weakauras end up right below where the greyed out Meta icon. This get moved around regularly and I'm sure I've messed with a bunch of settings since I took this because I like to play with my ui for better clarity on things when I can. I think most recently I removed some buff tracking for things I really didn't need to worry about and added some things I felt were missing.

I've also got a hidden action bar on the far right of my screen that pops up when I hover over it for things like mounts and other clickables that aren't combat specific (or if I don't want to fat finger it during combat)

12. Tell us a bit about yourself. Age, gender, work/school, hobbies, etc. Add anything else you feel is pertinent.
30, M, Work as a software engineer at AMD. Hobbies are pretty much all games and other regular nerd stuff (books, movies, etc). I did play baseball when I was younger and made it to the provincial tournament one year but didn't end up doing that well. Kinda sad that the Blue Jays traded my two favorite players away this year and I'll have to wait a few more to see them struggle theirselves back to the playoffs.

I've done a lot of out of game wow stuff as well. Wrote a few guides for wowhead last expansion (an outdated WAs guide and a potentially outdated by now raidbots guide, and the mage tower for ret guide). I was a cohost on a semi-weekly podcast back during mists/wod for about a year and participate in the one that the paladin discord runs now as I'm part of their community.

I love this game (I even met my wife through it), I know it's been through a lot lately and has some major issues that really make everyone frustrated but I've been playing it since vanilla (not launch or beta unfortunately) and I imagine I'll be here for quite a while more.

13. Out-of-game contact information - Discord tag, ID, etc. Some way we can contact you besides these forums.
Bnet: Sholdice#1224
Discord: Sholdice#4817
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Re: Sacridice - Demon Hunter

Post by Palin » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:27 am

Hey Sacridice, thanks your interest with us and taking the time to apply. We know they're pain and appreciate your time and effort.

Your WCL login doesn't work because it needs an email address to log in. If you could provide that would be helpful. Although it does seem your farm kills are available to the public somehow. Being able to look at recent Jaina would help though.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Sacridice - Demon Hunter

Post by zephah » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:59 am

Hey sacridice (soldice?) I'm a DH in Spike Flail and I just wanted to ask you a couple questions.

While the Demonic Appetite spec has definitely shown to be a dps increase over the other major builds in some gear setups, the downside of the spec has kinda shown to not be the most ideal spec for some bosses (Blockade/Jaina come to mind)

How close is your sim playing Felblade/Demon Blades and Blind Fury/Immolation Aura? Have you top gear simmed all of your traits and found that your only good setup comes from running DA?

Do you think your damage might be more consistent/reliable by playing the other builds, especially in a fight like Jaina that requires so many times where you're relying heavily on very strict positioning?

Additionally, I find myself to not be too fond of the DH discord due to just the nonsensical community that seems to have been brought on after Kib's departure, but what resources do you find are lacking in the DH discord that keeps you away from it?

And last thing, on the defensive row, what do you choose for Jaina as far as Netherwalk vs Soul Rending and why? What led you towards your talent choice ultimately?
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Re: Sacridice - Demon Hunter

Post by Sholdice » Tue Apr 09, 2019 9:59 am

Email for login:
password again: appTemp

As far as the other builds simming the ones i've run over the last few days have shown the ct/blades build to be within margin of error on the sim(like 20 dps behind as of the weekend) and blind fury is a but further back. I've never found that the positioning requirements of DA to be that strict as just wiggling for the most part seems to pick most of them up and even if I have to step out of melee briefly the loss is almost nothing with either a blade dance or immo for the gcd that I have to move, and the fragments are on the ground for a decent amount of time (20 or 30 seconds?) leaving lots of time to pick them up. I have been meaning to give CT/Blades a try since it only recently started simming that close for me so I will be messing around with it

Some of the other nuances between the specs that I think are important. For jaina at least since we've been doing nothing else for the past month, it does sometimes help with eye beam lining up for either avalanche escorts in p2 or ring of ices in p1, it's not a big thing but it's something. Additionally the rng between the two builds seems to be about the same in my experience. The feast or famine nature of dblades vs the proc rate of DA means that they're both fairly similar in terms of inconsistencies imo. Inconsistencies are bad but I do think the rng aspects between the two builds are pretty similar. I do get that CT might provide the larger burst but with the final phase lasting closer to 2 minutes I feel that DA is still a reasonable choice.

Dh discord comments: yea I don't want to throw too much shade at it but the community is certainly one of the reasons I try and stay away from it. But for their resources, the FAQ hasn't been updated since early Uldir despite several pins suggesting it will be "soon." The talk of builds is probably the best resource it has atm and that's just in the pins. Maybe I've been spoiled by hanging out in paladin discord too long with their faq page but I just find that the information isn't helpful to me for the most part. I trust that their sim stuff is up to date and I can handle it all mostly from there.

For the defensive row. I've been playing with netherwalk for a couple reasons. First is that with the DA build I've got a significant amount of self healing from there and haven't felt the need for too much more from that. Second is that the times where I am in danger I'm not really in a position where I'm going to be hitting the boss, specifically when escorting tank avalanches in p2 or getting caught in weird positions in p1 with avalanche. Last thing is if I have it for the end of the fight it might not last as long as a mage ice block but we're a bit light on immunities in the raid (no paladins and only 1 mage, soon to be 0 mages) so having that available for the end of the fight to extend it a bit for dots could be very significant. In general I lean on NW more often than SR also just because I prefer immunities to more self healing since I feel that they're the safer pick in general.
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Re: Sacridice - Demon Hunter

Post by Palin » Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:29 pm

Hey Sholdice, thanks so much for your detailed reply.

After some further review we're not quite seeing the min/maxing we look for in a DPS Trial especially at the melee level. shows you not having completed a Mythic 10 in over 4 weeks, not a great look when you're still on prog and the chance for upgrades to help your guilds' DPS still exist. Some light simming shows you gain more DPS switching to Crit Gems/Enchants - netting you about 0.5% DPS, not an insignificant amount. Your guild is on the biggest DPS check boss of the expansion and seeing these gaps is concerning for us. We don't raid a lot so we want people who will take every step they can to min/max their damage before coming into the raid. Your play is good, but we're not seeing the mentality and philosophy we look for in players at this time.

We're going to pass on your application for now. Thanks for your interest with us again and best of luck in your search for a new home. Take care and best of luck finishing the tier.

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