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7-15-2011 @ 1:41PM
You are comparing optimization of gear to skill. You are not talking about gear differences. This is completely miss labeled and you keep saying skill > gear when you do not actualy mean it.I agree with the idea that, given roughly equal ilvl, a skilled player with glyph/spec/gem issues is still going to out DPS an unskilled player following with the cookie cutter advice of the elite.To say skill is more important than gear you need to talk about differences in gear sets; Ie. a fresh 85 in greens and quest blues compared to an 85 that has finished gearing in 5-mans and is now raid ready. That is a gear difference. For example; A greatly skilled player with fresh 85 gear will not out dps a completely unskilled person in raid gear.
7-15-2011 @ 2:10PM
"You are comparing optimization of gear to skill." -- and also talents. The point here isn't to compare skill and gear (I did a big gear comparison in Wrath, which is linked to from this article, which showed how much smaller gear contributions per tier were than people think -- around 20% per tier, as I recall). The point here is to try to start putting a DPS value on skill and to point out that if you're thousands of dps behind, your problem isn't where to put those last few talent points, or reforging, or which glyph to use. The problem is skill.
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