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Friday, 12 March, 2010

Gearscore is a cheap wonky plastic ruler

Filed under: World of Warcraft — Andrew.Rowbottom @ 7:12 pm

If you read trade chat or other blogs you will see how GearScore has become the predominant “ruler” by which players are measured. I’ve used something called Inventory on Par for ages which does a similar job, injection but I’ve never assumed that it was a decent measure.

Players seem to be thinking that it is some sort of real measure that can be used on its own or coupled with Achievements.

I dispute this, practitioner first off it doesn’t take half a brain to see the GS doesn’t measure skill, pills so I’ll say no more on that.

I can also prove that GS doesn’t even measure gear correctly! My resto shaman for example has a GS of over 5k, the thing is, if I switch to my Elemental spec which is just 4 pieces of T9 and msot of the rest healer gear she still has a GS around 5k, despite having poor itemization on over half of her gear. Her healer gear is haste/spellpower/mp5 with very little crit. Elemental gear should be hit capped and then mostly Spellpower/Crit!

I don’t think GS even counts gems in its score! That makes it a wonky plastic ruler and not the precision invar steel that some people seem to think it is.

Achievements are likewise pretty dodgy – A bit ago I did an ICC run where it took us 6 goes to get everything right and down Marrowgar, the first boss. The first four attempts were pretty pathetic. Despite this there was no-one in the 10 man team who hadn’t already got the achievement. Surely we shouldn’t have taken 6 tries if everyone was familiar with the fight.

The current “Must have GS 5k and link achieve” spam is sailing dangerously close to unfounded elitism.

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