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12-23-2009 @ 12:08PM
Gearscore is an okay barometer if used in context. A tank with 3500 gearscore may be the most epic pve'er in the world... but he's not going to be able to take the pounding of 4-5 trash mobs at a time, nor would he be able to hold aggro on the 4th wave of trash packs in HoR. A tank with 3500 gearscore (as long as he's got enough +defense) can, with good skill, run through any of the heroics not associated with icecrown. For the most part tho, I don't see gearscore being used in 5mans, it's mostly for raids, and it's mostly for weeding out people who are undergeared. There are other objective measures that are more important for dps (your dps) tanks (def cap, hp), and healers (mitigation, hps, mana regen). But as always, assuming a minimal level of gear is met, it's about the player not the gear. Really the only encounter where gear is a big issue is in HoR, because the 4th wave in the run from the lich king requires that the 3 dps'ers spam AoE, the tank gets smashed hard, the healers' mana will be taxed, although it appears to me that it's more of a DPS race than anything.Regarding CC/interrupts, this is one of the neat things I like about the new 5mans. Recount/dps meters matter on the run from the lich king, but don't hardly matter at all in the first encounter with the waves of trash. HoR forced me to set up clique with my pitbull unitframes, and to set a quick button on my mouse for counterspell. In FoS and PoS, both have encounters where you have to stop your damage, so it's more about smart attacks, and bursting your damage in places... again the player, not the gear/class.Regarding pacing/wiping, the biggest times where I've encountered wipes was either when the healer disconnected, or when the tank who was geared but not significantly overgeared pulled a few too many trash mobs and the damage just overwhelmed him. Something I've noticed is that outside of Ley-Guardian Eregos, it's trash mobs that tend to wipe groups, not the bosses.Barinthos has the right idea tho... if everything dies, and you get your blues/purples/shards, it really doesn't matter. However, if someone compliments my dps, I will link recount. Some of us non-hybrid classes are pretty damn competitive, although it's usually about maximizing our own performance, basically I use dungeon bosses as a target dummy. There is something satisfying about blowing your cooldowns and hitting 9k dps while taking Loken down in 40 seconds. :)Finally, Oculus: it's just terrible. In EoE, you can at least practice with those dragons by doing Wyrmrest Temple dailies. Really, no one should ever complain if someone drops from an Oculus group.
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