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9-02-2009 @ 1:53PM
I do think that this was creative and challenging, and congrats to them. However, I don't think that it proves that a random person in blues who hasn't done the bosses before is likely to be as good for a raid as a person in epics who has. Skill is a really important factor, but gear and experience are also important (and in this case, they do have the experience). Since you can't tell the skill of a pug when they join a raid, the only thing you can go by is gear and experience, so gear and acheivement checks still make sense.
9-02-2009 @ 2:02PM
You make a good point -- the Armory doesn't show skill, it only shows gear, so you can't really skill-check people the way you can gear-check them.But I would say that the takeaway here is that if someone comes to you in just a few epics and says "I know the fights," you shouldn't have reason to turn them away. Sure, they could be lying, and sure, they could slow you down, but we place way too much emphasis on gear (his other post, which states that even Legendary gear only gives you about a 40% upgrade, is really interesting) and not nearly enough on experience and skill.
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