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Shadow Panther's Powerleveling Guide for Rogues

Shadow Panther's Frequently Asked Questions

I created this page to answer common questions about my site and to clear up some confusion about how to properly use my charts.

First, let me provide a little background. When I first put together the charts on my site, they were for my own personal use but I soon realized that many others could benefit from the results of my efforts. Over time, I've tried to make my site as useful for Rogue players as I possibly can. I'm constantly looking for ways to improve the content on my site to help others get the most enjoyment out of their Rogues.

My site is designed to be useful throughout your Rogue experience, from low level to high level and everywhere in-between. Rather than focus my efforts on creating a specialized resource for a very specific purpose (like squeezing the last 0.1 DPS out of your raiding gear) I divide my time between numerous items of Rogue interest, to include PVE, PVP, Twinking and Leveling. I spend more time thinking up ways to improve my site to help other Rogues than I do actually playing the game!

Now, on to the FAQ...

1. Are your MAEP ratings an accurate representation of PVE DPS upgrades?

You can use the MAEP ratings in my PVE Armor chart to give you a general indication of the relative DPS output of items when planning out your PVE upgrades, but the results will never be perfect. Since my charts are mostly static (aside from the customizable XLS versions I provide), they don't factor in talent specs, attack rotations, relative increases in gear, etc. A general rule of thumb when using my charts is that any item that scores within 5-10 AEP/MAEP of another item can be considered a virtual sidegrade. I'm constantly revising my AEP/MAEP formulas to improve their effectiveness, but if you're expecting precision to the nth degree then you'll probably need to look elsewhere. As always, if you disagree with the AEP/MAEP values I've used in my charts, you're welcome to use the customizable XLS versions and enter whatever AEP/MAEP values work best for you.

2. Do the AEP/MAEP ratings on your charts factor in gems?

Yes. My charts assume that you're using the best rare gems in each socket and those gem AEP/MAEP values are built into the total AEP/MAEP value of each item. I assign gem values as determined by my Gem charts (PVE / PVP). If you don't have access to rare gems, then you'll need to adjust those AEP/MAEP values accordingly. Also, once epic gems become widely available, I will switch to epic gem values in my charts.

3. Do the AEP/MAEP ratings on your charts factor in socket bonuses?

Yes. Socket bonuses for items with sockets are calculated in the ASp (AEP), MSp (Mutilate MAEP) and CSp (Combat MAEP) "Sp"ecial columns of my charts.

4. Do the AEP/MAEP ratings on your charts factor in set bonuses?

No. The AEP/MAEP values I've assigned for set bonuses can be found separately on my Armor Sets chart but I leave it up to you to factor in those bonuses when evaluating gear for upgrades.

5. Do the AEP/MAEP ratings on your charts factor in ability caps, like the Hit Cap or Expertise cap?

No. If you're approaching the Hit Cap, the Expertise Cap, or any other cap, then you'll need to manually adjust for that when evaluating gear upgrades.

6. How do you determine the AEP/MAEP values for trinket procs and other proc effects?

I score most trinket abilities on an "averaged effect over time" basis. Other ability scores are extrapolated from similar abilities that I've scored in the past. Sometimes, I'll assign an "opportunity cost" value to an effect. What this means is assigning a value that is equal (or better than) the AEP/MAEP rating of the next best alternative. Scoring trinket abilities and proc abilities has always been a tricky process, so I do the best I can. I'm constantly reevaluating those abilities and tweaking their values as new information becomes available.

7. Why can't I find X item on your main PVE or PVP armor charts anymore?

In an effort to reduce chart sizes and download times, I often remove old & inferior items from my main armor charts.

8. On your Weapons Charts, if you rate one weapon higher than another, does that mean that you'll always do more DPS with that weapon?

Not necessarily. Your talent spec plays a major factor in your potential DPS. Also, don't try to compare main hand Dagger ratings with main hand non-Dagger ratings on my charts, as they use completely different attacks.