The Silver Hand sources our data from Simulationcraft–an open-source WoW combat simulator. With it, we can examine the performance of your gear, talents, and rotation across thousands of fights in just a few minutes. It’s an invaluable tool for getting objective analysis in your hands as quickly as possible. Plus we don’t have to spend days fighting target dummies, which is nice.
We’ve got a very brief instruction page on how to run the .simc file packages available on most posts.
Whenever possible, we use the most recent nightly build to ensure you’re getting the most up to date results. Sometimes the latest build introduces bugs in the simulation, though. When that happens, we’ll use an earlier build, and we’ll let you know.
In any of our Advanced Guides, we’ll include the full text of the profile we fed into Simulationcraft. If you’re an advanced user, you should be able to reliably reproduce our results.
If you encounter a problem with any of our numbers, please let us know. You can contact us using the form below.