Wowhead, a site you may have noticed I love to talk about here, just won't sit still. Today they implemented several changes:

  • Stat weightings
  • Search within results
  • Easier filter creation
  • Better source listing
  • Filtered stats get their own column

Of these, I am by far the most excited about stat weightings. What am I talking about? Well, it all started with agility equivalence points, or AEP. Back in the dawn of WoW (or before BC, anyway), a rogue named Ming thought to himself: How do I tell what gear is best? Surely there is some equivalence that can be established between (say) one agility (by far the best stat for Rogues at the time) and some amount of attack power. And so he created AEP, which tell you how much of any other stat is worth the same as 1 agility. This is what is meant by stat weightings.

This concept has since been expanded and applied to just about every class, and there are many add-ons and sites that support item rankings, including (but not limited to) Loot Rank, Shadow Panther, Pawn, and Rawr. Wowhead has implemented both customizable and built-in item value scales, and seems to have some very sensible defaults for the various classes and specs. If you have any suggestions on improvements for the weighting scales, you are invited to leave feedback on this Wowhead forum thread.

One feature the Wowhead weighting system has that is missing in some other systems is intelligent gemming. Most of the time, socket bonuses are not sufficient to make it worth matching color, since one gem is overwhelmingly better than the others for your spec (for instance, Shadow priests almost always will use Runed gems). But there are exceptions. The Wowhead system will automatically put in the gems that result in the highest net rating, taking socket bonuses into account.

To briefly elaborate on the other new features: there is now a search box on any item listing that will quickly search just within displayed results for that listing; filters can now be quickly created by right-clicking any column heading; source columns now show what NPC drops or sells the item you're looking for, and what zone they're in, instead of just saying "Drop" or "Vendor" as it did before; and if you filter for a stat, that stat now gets its own column in the item listing (example).

This article was originally published on WoW Insider.

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