Saturday, February 18, 2012

World of Logs Tutorial (With Pictures!)

Really, World of Logs can be an amazing tool, before you start this tutorial, you should make sure that 1) you have applied to a guild (If it already exists) or create your own WoL account, and 2) if you've applied to a guild owned by someone else on WoL that you've at least been promoted from "Initiate" to "Member" within the WoL site.

The first thing that you'll want to do is go to the "Logs" folder in World of Warcraft and delete the WoWCombatLog.txt  This will clear out any information that you may have had in there before, and help to not cause issues with the WoL Uploader

Next, In game, you'll need to tell WoW to start recording all of the combat logs. This is a fairly simple slash command (it's also a toggle) /combatlog will turn off and on the ability of World of Warcraft to record your combatlogs.

I created a handy-dandy macro for mine, and I keep it on my bars so that I remember to use it :)

Now, the most fun part of the adventure, fighting the bosses! Wow turns off combat logging whenever you log out, so if you are recording fights, and get disconnected, please remember to turn it back on!

After you've finished for the night, you'll want to go to the WorldOfLogs website and click the "Client" button. I usually just "open" the Java app, instead of saving it.

If you've never logged in to the client before, this screen should show up, if not, you'll want to go to Edit > Preferences, type your username and password in, then test the connection. Also make sure that the box on the bottom has the correct path for your "Logs" folder within World of Warcraft.

After you've made sure that all of the correct information is in the boxes, you can close out of the Preferences box, and click the large square in the middle of the client. This will take you to the page where you'll be making sure that the information is correct before you send it off to the WoL Website. 

Here, just make sure that the Times are correct for your raid, if you feel that you have some extra at the beginning or the end, you can drag the blue highlighted section at the bottom  over the areas that you want to be included in your report.

Next, click upload, give it a few moments, then go check the website to see if it's there! I'm certainly not an expert with World of Logs, but I promise that it's a fantastic tool for seeing what's happening in your raid. If, after you upload the report, you still don't know where to start, I recommend All you have to do is paste in the dashboard URL of that nights fight, and let it run. You'll be able to see where potential flaws were made, as well as some of the significant class skills that each person used!

Good luck everyone!