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9-02-2009 @ 2:03PM
I'm personally amazed at the people who want to bash this effort as being showy, elitist, or overblown. It doesn't seem to me like they're going out of their way to get attention - they posted the story on their blog, it got picked up here. And nowhere in their post did they discount the value of experience - in fact, that's the whole point of the story - that experience is more important than gear. For those of you who claim that gear elistism doesn't exist in game, count the number of times gear score is used in trade chat, instance or raid recruitment, or even guild postings.Three years ago, class was terribly important, but the general attitude was that every instance was a learning experience, and serious raiding guilds used them to teach ALL their members how to play their class and the encounter. Now, pugs recruit as more often as not based on a reasonably arbitrary number assigned by WoW Heroes or BeImba, without any regard to the skill of the player or their knowledge of their class or the experience. This is the argument they tried to refute, and they did, to some degree.Discount it if you will, based on the number of protectors up, their experience level, or the class representation, but the point still remains. It's sad that people can't try new things in this game anymore without a bunch of whiners coming out of the woodwork to dismiss them.
9-02-2009 @ 2:20PM
What is your point? As Mike Schramm said a few posts above yours you can't tell someones skill level from their armory, all it tells you is their gear and what bosses they have killed (and they could have been carried through that). So what do you expect PUG's to do? Spend a few weeks breaking in every random they meet in trade chat? Take peoples claims that they are skilled above their experience at face value ('cause wow players never lie)? If you don't want to be judged on your gear and want a chance to prove your skill then join a guild. PUG's are never going to attempt to judge a player like a guild will. This is simply a fact of human psychology: if you have a short time to assess someone you do it on obvious externals. In the real world we have an armory called a "resumé" to try and get in a "group", even if you could do the job you will find most "groups" judge you on the arbitrary bit of paper.
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