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1-26-2008 @ 5:27PM
Agreed. There are some things it doesn't show - like spells with no damage or healing component (Curse of Shadow, Banish, Polymorph, etc.). So when you compare your raiders' performance, you need to also remember whether they were assigned to special duties.It is still a tremendously useful tool. Especially if you have players of the same class and similar gear, yet whose performance is very different. The raid leader (or the player seeking to improve) can look at the differences in what the players were actually doing in each encounter, and determine what made one player more effective. Was it different attacks/spells? More consistent use of trinkets? Did everyone use the required buff foods/elixirs/flasks? It also, helps raid leaders to see things they might have missed about grouping players to take advantage of class-specific buffs and abilities.In August, my guild began posting WWS reports on our guild website after each raid. Our overall DPS went up considerably within two weeks. Almost every DPSer showed significant improvement (50-100 DPS was typical). It shook us out of our collective complacency and made us really look at what we needed to do better. And it probably didn't hurt that everyone knew that every raid would be recorded and published - the entire guild would see if they were being slackers.The downside, of course, is that it can foster competitiveness. Healthy competition is one thing, but ego-stroking and mockery is another. For that reason, my guild also put in place written policies about using WWS. They boil down to "no public bragging about how leet you are" and "make constructive comments". All in all, I wouldn't want to raid without it (or another similar tool).
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