Many of you will be familiar with logs – especially if you are a mythic raider. For those who aren’t, logs are a breakdown of a boss fight, tracking things such as your healing per second (HPS), damage taken, cast efficiency, and a heck of a lot more. Logs are an important part of picking apart your performance and finding where you need to improve, as well as looking at other players’ logs and seeing how they approach things. When I’m going in to a fight that’s new to me, I look at the logs of some of my Monk buddies to see their spell breakdown and talent choices, and that helps inform my decision about how to approach the fight.
It’s important not to get too tunnel-visioned about logs, however. While it’s fun to ‘rank’ (that is, to get legendary parses or be among the ‘top’ healers of your spec), HPS should never be taken as a sole evaluation of a players’ skill. Rather, they are a learning tool.
With this in mind, I’ve put together a beginners’ guide for evaluating your own logs to see where you can improve. If you’re a mythic raider who is familiar with Warcraft Logs, this probably isn’t advanced enough for you. But if you’ve never logged before, or don’t know what you’re looking for, this might be a great place for you to start.
You can find the guide here. I hope you find it useful!