A warrior clad in blue flexes his arms upwards as a show of strength while standing in front of the yellow logo of WoWAnalyzer, which an upwards arrow inside of a yellow A.

How to improve your DPS with WoWAnalyzer

Being able to fulfill your role as a DPS means that you should always be looking for improvements to your damage. Whether you’re a chart-topping player, or someone who is looking to greatly improve, using tools to help analyze your performance is a helpful and healthy choice to ensure that you’re able to perform to the best of your abilities. One such tool is WoWAnalyzer.com, an online analysis site which helps to identify opportunities within your rotation, prioritization, and resource management to provide you with actionable feedback to improve your performance.

Getting Started with WoWAnalyzer

To begin auditing your performance, head over to the WoWAnalyzer homepage where you’ll be able to choose one of three options for finding your character.

  • Enter a link to any WarcraftLogs report
  • Search for your character via Realm/Name
  • Search for your guild via Realm/Name

All options will search based off of public-facing WarcraftLogs entries, so it’s up to you on which option you want to choose. Personally, I would suggest pasting a specific WarcraftLogs link to the fight you specifically want to see because it offers a scoped view of one right night, but you’re welcome to choose any that is better for your workflow.

A screenshot from WoWAnalyzer showing headshots of each member of the raid within the logs. They are color-coded by role and lined up like a series of baseball cards.

Find the character you want to audit

In order to use the WoWAnalyzer tool, you’ll first need to have a set of raid logs from your raid night. Even if you choose to use the “character search” feature, this will ultimately pull from WarcraftLogs, so be sure to have at least one public facing set of logs before beginning. For the sake of this guide, you can use my team’s raid logs from our first Normal clear earlier this week, which can be found here: https://www.warcraftlogs.com/reports/YpLwXdrNPVaGhFqm

Need help getting logs? Warcraft logs has a guide on how to get started.

Once you’ve run the tool, you’ll be shown a screen of all raid bosses attempted for that log along with all pulls and kills. For this example, we’ll be using the kill log from Normal Sludgefist, which is a great fight to audit due to its minimal mechanics. Once a fight has been selected, you can choose an individual character from within the raid to audit specifically.

A screenshot showing the menu items within a WoWAnalyzer report, defaulting to "overview"

Reading the Report

After choosing an individual character to audit, WoWAnalyzer will chew on the data within the logs, then spit out a report for you to review regarding that character’s performance. The report is broken down into various sections, accessible via a horizontal menu at the top of the page, covering an Overview, Statistics, Timeline, Resource Usage, and Cooldowns.

Each section has a different focus to allow you to dive as deep as you want to, even down to a second-by-second recount of the fight and how you performed. That said, if you’re looking to keep things simple, stick to reading over the Overview and Statistics tabs, which will give you the bulk of information needed to begin making improvements.

Important note:
Not all specializations are currently supported by WoWAnalyzer. This is a community-driven tool, meaning that the Analyzer might not be up to date for your specific specialization if the community has not updated the audit for the class redesigns of the most recent patch. If your specialization has not been updated yet, you’ll be met with a screen which reads “Sorry, this spec is currently not supported”.

A screenshot of the "Checklist" from within WoWAnalyzer, from the Overview tab, showing off various abilities.

Using the Overview Tab

The default report view, Overview contains information at-a-glance for you to consider. Most notably would be the two subsections of “Checklist” and “Suggestions”. They both communicate the same information, but using different methods. It will help to inform you of gaps in usage for various skills, which you should ensure are always cast when appropriate. For example, in the above screenshot for my Protection Warrior, the Checklist suggests that I make sure to use both Thunder Clap and Shield Slam more frequently, which would improve my performance for the fight.

Screenshot of the "Suggestions" section, outlining improvements to performance in a more human-readable format.

The other section within the Overview tab is “Suggestions”, which uses the same information as the Checklist, but explains what needs to be done in a more understandable format. This section has an optional “minor importance” toggle in the upper-right which I suggest enabling to help inform you of both Major and Minor improvements to be made. For example, in the above screenshot it’s still telling me that I need to be casting Thunder Clap more frequently, but it has the added insight of “Don’t cast Demoralizing Shout at more than 60 rage”, which is something that I would not have learned without toggling the Minor Importance options on. In my opinion, the Suggestions tab is the most important section to read. 

All feedback should be taken into account to improve overall performance.

Screenshot of the "statistics" tab of WoWAnalyzer, informing you of your DPS, HPS, and DTPS.

Using the Statistics Tab

Much like the Overview tab, the Statistics tab provides direct information about how your class performed during a specific fight, showing breakdowns for Damage and healing, as well as how much downtime you experienced and any resource wasting. The Statistics section can cleave some general information, but the biggest takeaway will come from the subsection below this one, named “Abilities”

Screenshot of the "abilities" section, which notes which spells need to be cast more often (and why)

The abilities section is extremely useful because it shows you the number of spells which you could have cast, alongside how many were actually cast. Some of these spells will be optional (such as fluff spells), but anything important will be marked with a “can be improved” to the side of them. Putting focus on ensuring that spells marked as important get used more often can directly bolster your success at fights, so be sure to keep an eye open for them and make adjustments to your rotation accordingly!

Undercasting important spells is the largest contributor to low DPS and should be a top priority to fix.

Go forth and improve!

Using WoWAnalyzer can directly help improve your damage, survivability, or healing– but you need to take the time and effort to properly investigate your current shortcomings in order to improve. Using tools like WoWAnalyzer helps to make this easier to accomplish and more pleasant to digest, so be sure to reach for it early and often.