I know that many people have already given their, largely unfavorable, opinion on this asinine new “tool” that has entered the game, but I thought it was time for me to pitch in my two cents on the matter. For those of you that aren’t interested in another gearscore rant, here is the TL:DR version: Gearscore can kiss my fuzzy tauren ass.
Over our holiday weekend, I partook in any number of PuGs through the looking for group system on just about all of my 5 level 80s. I’ve done a good number of these on Beru, so that I could finish off my achievement and nab up Perky (which I did this weekend!). Brade and I also always make a point to do the daily random for our two badges of frost. One of these days, our queue popped us into the Culling of Stratholme, which is one of my favorite instances.
As we entered the dungeon we discovered we were grouped with a Death Knight, Rogue and Shadow Priest. I often greet my groups with a bit of schtick, largely because I like to break the ice and I like to encourage communication in the group. I am usually fairly silly, and informative, going with something like “Hello, I will be your cruise director for this evening’s adventures. We will be traveling at high speeds and will only slow down at passenger request. Please keep your seats in their full upright and locked positions, and keep your hands in the vehicle at all times”. It is generally met with a laugh, and the groups get off on a good foot.
It also worked in our Culling of Stratholme group, but before we got underway Mr. Shadowpriest starts complaining about how we have two people in the raid with less than 2k “GS”. Brade and I both reply with a “and?” response. The priest starts complaining about how he wants his extra badges, and he doesn’t think the DPS can get there in time. Brade assures him that this will not be an issue (Brade has taken to tanking most of the heroics in full DPS gear, and often times tops damage as the tank) as he can’t remember the last time he didn’t make the timer.
At this point, the DK, who just hit 80 the other day, starts profusely apologizing about his gear, explaining he had just leveled and knew he didn’t have the best gear. This made me furious. Not at the DK, but at the priest for being such a pretentious asshole and making the DK feel bad for ENTERING AN INSTANCE MEANT FOR HIM TO GEAR UP. I told the DK that he “better not dare apologize, I thought he would do just fine, and that these instances are meant to get him gear and he had every right to be here and I am happy to help him”.
Of course, it didn’t take long for the priest to check out the gear score of the mouthy druid in the group. This was met with a “Holy Shit, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a GS this high before”…and all of the sudden I was “fabulous” just like that. I replied with “well, there you have it, I have the best gear score and I don’t mind our DK, so you shouldn’t either”.
We finished the instance without event, having somethings obscene like 8 minutes left on the timer by the time we got to the end. Brade doubled the shadow priests damage, and you could almost add up everyone else’s damage and Brade had still done more. But you know what? Who bloody well cares?! We finished the instance, and nobody did anything completely stupid. Even with our two sub 2k scored people.
The priest, somewhat humbled, politely thanked us for “carrying” them through the instance and went on his way. Of course, the DK and rogue were curious if we were going to keep running and wanted to tag along :)
It has been said a million times: Gear does not equal skill. Gearscore has got to be the most ass backwards thing that I have ever seen come out of this game. The person that developed the add-on should be hexed and made to live as a toad for the remainder of his time in WoW.
Of course, he isn’t solely to blame. The members of the community have let it get to their head, and are quite out of control. Hell, one of our officers was telling me that he was in a group the other day with a DK in full epic healing plate. But…his gearcore ROCKED! He couldn’t do shit all for damage, but man did his gearscore own! And I’m sorry…but you do NOT need full epics to run the pre-3.3 heroics! I’ll even go one step further and say that you don’t even need full epics for any of the new ones save Halls of Reflection, which admittedly needs a fairly well geared group. And by “well geared” I mean what you can get out of the preceeding dungeons, NOT full ICC/ToC gear.
In short, I wish this mod would die in a fire. You cannot evaluate how someone is as a player based solely on their gear. Period. It really makes me angry that other players make fresh 80s feel bad for running instances to gear up. It is completely ridiculous. Nobody should be made to feel guilty for running instances designed to be done in BLUES. I am actually tempted to start taking off a piece of gear each time someone mentions “GS” in one of my groups. GRRRRR. I really try to be very plesant in my PuGs, but as soon as someone starts pulling out gearscore shit, this tauren tends to become a mother bear: hostile and defensive of those that need protection from your stupidity.
In other things that irritated Beru during her PuG Adventures:
Brade was doing an ICC 10 on his paladin, so I was running the new ICC PuGs in my futile attempts to get a Hilt. (I’ve seen two drop, and lost the roll on both, but both to guild mates so I’m coping!). I ended up in a Heroic Halls of Reflection with my paladin. I actually really like healing this zone with the paladin because I just have so many tools available to save people’s asses. Not to mention that beacon is god like. Need to heal the idiot DPS that isn’t on the right target and taking tons of damage? No problem! The tank is never at risk of dying because you had to toss someone else a heal.
Sorry, I digress.
So, here I am healing along my merry way, and we finish the second boss making it through all of those god awful waves without a single death or wipe. And the tank, a druid, says to me in party chat: “You should only use Flash of Light, you are healing way too much”. Ahem. What? I am sitting here thinking to myself…I have 5 years of healing experience and 4 healers. Nobody died and I didn’t run out of mana. What in the fuck is this guy going on about? Not to mention that yes…there was need for using Holy Light. LIKE WHEN YOU ARE BELOW 50% OF YOUR LIFE. Oh yea…and did you ever stop to think that perhaps you are getting a Holy Light via beacon? BECAUSE ONE OF THE DPS PULLED THREAT FROM YOU AND IS ALMOST DEAD BECAUSE YOU DIDN”T NOTICE?
In the interest of not unleashing the inner bitch that is starting to rage inside of me, I kept my mouth shut. Mr. Druid, however, does not and spams his overhealing meter. Alright dickhead, it’s on. “Hi, I’m a paladin. I overheal. It happens”. I do not claim to be an expert on paladin healing, but I like to think that I am at least a competent paladin. I mean, ffs, I have two viable heals: One for 6k and one for 18k. I do not get an in-between, so either you don’t get healed enough or you get healed too much. Guess which one I’d rather have happen?! He keeps going on about it. I am clearly not the only one annoyed as the shaman in the group pipes up “Overhealing is bad? Nobody died, who cares”. The druid is still going on. So, I finally say, “Perhaps you would like to let me tank and you can heal and then I will criticize your healing for you?”.
That shut him right up. I am still trying to decide if he just needed something to bitch about because the group ran fairly clean…and he needed to complain about SOMETHING. Or perhaps this was an alt and his main was a paladin healer and he thought “ur doin’ it rong”. I have no idea. As a general rule, it would seem to me that if someone appears to be doing their job properly, it is probably best NOT to give them shit about how they are getting the job done.
All of that bitching aside…
I still really do like the LFG tool. It is a massive improvement from what the game started with, and its many iterations since. I certainly have more good experiences than bad. It’s just that the bad stick out more clearly in my memory :)
How about you? How have your experiences been? Have you had any strange experiences? Are you ready for “GS” to be “so 2009”?