You’ve probably heard of GearScore already, but it was something new to me when I transferred to Sargeras. It had never really been used much on Area 52. This whole phenomena around GearScore amazes me. If you’re not familiar, GearScore examines your gear and assigns a rating value to it, and when you mouse-over a player you get a summation of the gear score, similar to WoW Heroes and a few other websites out there. This has been the new de-facto “go to” add on for running PUGs, and PUG leaders tend to treat it as gospel.
To give you an example, my druid (which I’d say is decently well geared) rates at about a 5260 gear score in balance gear. (And I’m penalized for having lower item level trinkets, even though both the [item]Illustration of the Dragon Soul[/item] and [item]Eye of the Broodmother[/item] are better then many trinkets at a much higher item level.
Ironically, my resto set gives me a higher gear score by about 100. Using the gearscore ideology, I must be a better resto druid then a balance druid! GearScore also doesn’t see any difference between PVP gear and PVE gear, allowing many people to ‘slip in’ to raids by wearing PVP gear for the invite, then putting their lower rated PVE gear on once they start.
I think all of us here know that gear doesn’t make a player. Unfortunately, most PUGs now don’t see that. My hunter, after a /played of 1 day and 6 hours, already has a GearScore of over 4800. (Mainly due to a couple lucky ToC 25 and Ulduar 25 runs). That’s a higher gearscore then most players who don’t raid ToC 25 consistently, yet I will be the first to attest that I know hardly anything about hunters, and I can barely get the rotation down right.
Anyways I’m beginning to soapbox here, but tell me if you guys have ran into GearScore at all and what your opinions are of it. Personally, I’d rather take someone who’s under-geared but has the knowledge of the encounter (ie, an alt of a guildie) over someone who’s well geared but no clue what they’re doing. (Because gear’s so hard to get now, right?) I beginning to think, however, that this mentality is not shared with most of the world.