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5-15-2010 @ 12:08PM
Cool read, just spent the better part of two weeks gearing my fresh mage, at 5200+ GS (i know sorry for the GS thing, but it's the benchmark nowadays) ready for icc10 now.i just ran random dungeons all day long :D
5-15-2010 @ 12:20PM
Don't be sorry for mentioning it, that's the sort of thing that the anti-GS crowd wants you to feel guilt about.Be sorry for those people who go into a frothing rage at the mere existence of it.
5-15-2010 @ 12:33PM
You need a way to convey the general level of your gear to us.You could've added up all your item levels but that would've told us jack.There's nothing wrong with gearscore.
5-15-2010 @ 1:31PM
Raav - GS is a good tool when you use it properly, as you're doing now. You're simply getting a feel for where you're at in terms of gear, but are not dependent on it, and that's a good thing. Just be weary that your score does not reflect skill nor does it cater to your playstyle and spec. With this in mind, GS will be a good tool in your belt to GUIDE you in a good direction.Hoggersbud - those of us who hate GS don't hate the addon itself, but rather PEOPLE who STRESS it's meaning as if to say we are sucky players if our GS isn't 5000+. It's those people (and there are a LOT of them...you know who they are: "LFG VOA 10/25 PST GS and Achievement"...) who happen to be ignorant in how to actually use the GS number that cause most of the rest of us to hate its existence. As I explained to Raav - it's a GREAT tool if you understand it's use and the the meaning behind the actual number.
5-15-2010 @ 1:33PM
I don't fault people for using gearscore to convey a general level of where your gear is at. That's what the addon is used for. Getting a GENERAL idea of where someone's gear is at.There are some problems when people adhere to strictly to it. Gearscore does not take all factors into account. What if I have a trinket that is lower ilevel than one I'm currently using but is much better for my class/spec? Overall my gear has gotten better, but my gearscore will drop because it doesn't account for things like that. It also doesn't account for some players being just plain terrible. Gearscore doesn't save your ass if you stand in the fire.Some of the community are using gearscore correctly; to get a quick at-a-glance idea of where someone's gear is at. Too many are using it as a crutch thinking that everything they need to know about a player is right there in that color-coded 4 digit number.
5-15-2010 @ 3:06PM
As a raid leader, I agree that the Gearscore add-on is not evil in and of itself, but the huge number of people using it improperly make me wish it (and they) would just go away. Here's a sad but true example.A few months ago, I was asked to come into an ICC 25 raid as melee DPS, and the raid leader asked to meet up in Dal so she could check my GS. I happened to be in my main spec tanking gear at the time, with a GS of around 5750 or so. She was impressed. I told her that she was looking at my tanking gear, and then switched to my DPS gear set, which I was still building. The GS on that set was around 5000 or so, but it was all iLevel 232 and up, more than good enough to DPS the run. I was horrified when she asked "Can you mix some tank pieces into that set so your GS is higher, or just DPS in your tanking gear? If you do that, we can take you." I refused, and told her as tactfully as possible that she should not be leading raids or blindly using GS as a guide. I still got into the run and everything went quite well, but that stands as an example of how NOT to use the GS add-on.
5-15-2010 @ 4:16PM
Except that telling me your GS is 5200 means nothing to me. I know vaguely that 5k + is "good" simply because of all the "LFM xyz raid need 5k+ GS" but other than that... nope. To the anti-GS crowd, or those who simply choose not to use it like me, you could just as easily said you have a purple monkey dishwasher GS.Now, telling me you have mostly 232s, or half T9/ half T8.... that is something EVERYONE can understand. That's honestly my main beef with GS. People are spewing out these numbers or asking for mine and I don't know without installing a mod or going off to a website to plug myself in. It sucks.
5-15-2010 @ 9:19PM
Aramis:>Hoggersbud - those of us who hate GS don't hate the addon itself, but rather PEOPLE who STRESS it's meaning as if to say we are sucky players if our GS isn't 5000+. It's those people (and there are a LOT of them...you know who they are: "LFG VOA 10/25 PST GS and Achievement"...) who happen to be ignorant in how to actually use the GS number that cause most of the rest of us to hate its existence. As I explained to Raav - it's a GREAT tool if you understand it's use and the the meaning behind the actual number.<Um, I was talking specifically about the people who hate GS to the point where somebody like Raav would feel obliged to disavow it. Yes, they do hate the existence of the addon, and yes, they do try to shame folks into not using it or mentioning it. Don't be fooled, they're not coming up with problems they want fixed, they aren't objecting to somebody's misuse of GS, they're just ranting against it without any acknowledgement of the value to be found in it.And you should pity them, not try to defend them. Snuzzle:>Now, telling me you have mostly 232s, or half T9/ half T8.... that is something EVERYONE can understand. That's honestly my main beef with GS. People are spewing out these numbers or asking for mine and I don't know without installing a mod or going off to a website to plug myself in. It sucks.<Meh, I know plenty of people who have trouble understanding the concept of tier gear. Might as well be complaining that they use the metric system in Canada and you don't know whether 22 degrees is hot or cold...
5-16-2010 @ 11:32AM
I wonder which anti-GS person is fuming enough to waste time marking down my posts here. Not even willing to articulate an objection. Sad really.
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