World Of Warcraft: What Is A Parse

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Many new players to the PvE environment or players often looking to improve their gameplay often are told to learn what a "Parse" is or to look through logs before they are able to progress into a better guild or raid group.

We will look at what a parse is and how it can affect gameplay, and even look at how important it really is.


A parse is a number you receive based on your DPS compared to other players of your given class.

Often players are judged based on how high their number is and what color bracket they fall into.

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World Of Warcraft: What Is A Parse

  • Grey: 0-25
  • Green 25-50
  • Blue 50-75
  • Purple 75-98
  • Pink - 99
  • Gold - 100 (rank 1)

Based on the bracket you receive will dictate how players judge you without knowing what type of player you really are, as these numbers reflect damage only and do not take into account the level of mechanics or deaths.

Parses can be found on Warcraftlogs, although a player will need to have uploaded the logs to the website in order to be tracked.

Parses are almost mandatory to prove your worth to a new guild, although a good guild will look into the logs more thoroughly as they can show quite a lot of information regarding the fight.


Parsing culture can often be quite toxic, causing players to play badly in order to get a higher number on their page to show off.

Good players will understand that there is more to parsing, and knowing how to understand and interpret data from warcraft logs will improve a player's skill level more than increasing your number will.