Raid composition is an important aspect of WoW PvE. RaidComp (from now on denoted as RC) aims to be to raid compositions what talent calculators are to talent specs;
allowing everyone to play around with and share different raid compositions online. RC also helps raid leaders by giving an overview
of the different buff and debuff categories. It won't do all the thinking for you, raid optimization is complex, however it should be able
to do most of the grunt work and highlight some of the categories and abilities you need to look closer at.
RC marks categories and abilities in three different ways:
Inactive - not present in the raid.
Maybe - probably present but there might be a problem.
Active - present in the raid and reasonably sure it will always
RC assumes that players are able to coordinate buffs on their own within their class but not between classes, that's where you,
the raid leader, come into play. If there's any doubt that an ability, even though it can be provided by someone in the raid, might not be active all the time
it's marked as "maybe". This is key for understanding how RC works.
An example: An example: let's say you start with an empty raid and add a Warrior. You need at least two to ensure that both Commanding Shout and Battle Shout are active all the time and thus both spells (and their corresponding categories) are marked "maybe". You then add a frost Death Knight that provides Horn of Winter. Since Horn of Winter and Battle Shout are in the same category and Horn of Winter is always active that category is now marked "active." The Stamina category that Commanding Shout belongs to remains as "maybe". You check out the "maybe" category and come to the conclusion that the best move is to tell the Warrior to use Commanding Shout since the frost Death Knight has the other category covered.
The above example illustrates how RC is meant to be used. You can trust the "active" mark but as soon as you see a category or
a spell get marked "maybe" it means there's something you need to look into.
There's a lot more to running an optimized raid than just making sure you cover every category; some abilities in the same category might
be better than others, some can be improved by talents while others are just a pain in the ass to spec into. RC tries to cover some of these
factors by adding short but informative tags next to abilities.
RC uses the following tags:
[e] - the ability is from an exotic pet.
[p] - the ability is from a pet.
If you have any feedback or suggestions on how to improve RC, like a missing tag or bad assumptions, you’re welcome to comment over in the
Suggestions and Feedback Forum.