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9-02-2010 @ 2:02PM
I'm late posting on this one. Sorry for that. But i do want to respond that I have seen a lot of raiders now using all these new tools to get their information.. however.. in the process for a lot of those, it's more a "Let me get my hand held and they'll just tell me how to do it and i'll be good.. I took talent A, talent B and talent F because someone on a website said to, but if you ask me why or what those talents do, I have no clue! So now I'm in T10 gear because I got carried doing half-baked DPS and I still can't do NEAR the output or perform NEAR as well as someone else who learned by EXPERIENCE instead of by reading it on a website that just told them what to do"Granted there's good websites that give the when where why how of everything, but in essence the game is complex and if all you're doing is reading topically and glazing the surface of information given, there's no benifit because you're not truly learning and understanding how to apply it.There's also the example of players going to websites like Elitist Jerks or looking up high ranked players and just taking all the same gems or the same stats that that person does... in essence you'd think 'ok this person is highly ranked i should just copy them rite?'wrong.why?Because a highly ranked guilds players often have specialized builds and gear for their current content -which is probably beyond what 85% of the raiders in the rest of the world are working on.. Say a healer in ToC or Ulduar is stacking int because of what boss strategies require.. but then they look at someone in ICC who's stacking haste instead because the damage is spikier and requires quicker heals in tight spots or during lots of movement.. if that healer says 'ohh this high ranked person is stacking haste, so should I!' then they go back to the content they're working on and heal great the first five minutes but go OOM after and on general V because now that healer has 10k less mana pool and the raid wipes because of it... well.. was that really such a great idea? People take things out of context from a lot of these sites and they see a great thing but they don't learn how to apply it to what THEY are doing. or they don't understand it may not apply to THEM AT ALL. Personally, I started playing in original wow, so I know what it's like to have to play the guess-work game and learn by mistakes and experience over finding something on a website so I'm very comfortable with feeling out the needs of a raid I'm in and gemming and gearing in that direction; applying my 'feeling'. I do read sites for boss strats and sometimes the math formulas behind all the healing stuff so I have a deeper understanding of the mechanics of things but I don't put all my hopes in the cut and dry mathematics and website reading that some ppl do.. i don't feel like raids are just numbers, but rather a flow of experiences that we must bend to and be reflexive toward.. if you pay attention to that, the hard numbers will line up perfectly in your experience without you even knowing.
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