So, there’s something that’s been making me very angry recently (big surprise, eh?). And it’s not the lack of raiding. It’s not the fact that I’m only excited when there’s a new patch. And certainly it’s not that I have a medal for basically teaching (it’s awesome, totally wearing it to classes tomorrow so I can win the “Biggest Douche” award).
But it’s… oh, how can I put it.
Recently, PUGs have been springing up that ask for a #### GS. The only way you can go to these raids is if you have a GS high enough in order to go to a specific raid.
This is what I like to call, “The Biggest Douchebag Limitor That Gives You A Number That Really Just Gives You The Middle Finger”.
There is an add-on that I’m sure most people know of by now called Gearscore. This add-on will calculate your iLvl and put it into a number that magically means you can only go to so many raid instances because of this number. Nevermind experience: we’re all too worried that poor Karumph won’t have enough DPS to kill a boss because he has a Crusader’s Locket.
This is a piece of bullshit, if I ever did see one.
I say this because you can basically hide behind a number. Just a number. This number automatically speaks of your experiences. And especially if you’re an alt. If for some reason “your number isn’t high enough”, you can’t go to these raids but it’s okay: the moron who gets tail-whipped into Ony eggs every pull is allowed to go and will do so with expense.
When people use these numbers to hide, I get angry. As a generally decent human being, I would worry more about a person’s intelligence than their gear. Though— there are limitations, obviously you can’t take a person in all greens. But seriously, you have to start somewhere.
There was a point on Exodar on my mage that I wanted to do 10-man Naxxramas. The leader was like “your gearscore isn’t high enough”. I asked him politely “where the fuck should I start because I’m wearing all iLvl 200s, and I hear Naxx 10 is basically the first place to go”. Logic bonked him on the head and I won. You have to start somewhere. This somewhere has been changing because of the ability to get a nice amount of gear without having to run a bunch of raid instances for a very long time (though the nicest of the pieces do lie in those raids).
Also, where the heck do the Gearscore people get their numbers? I fear that there are people who are setting limitations to where maybe they don’t know what a limitation may be. Furthermore, there should be a disclaimer saying that no fucking moron should take an add-on as the end all be all. If you’re not doing a PUG raid because you can’t find another person with a 4500+ GS? Go kill yourself. Seriously. You’re hurting a LFG channel and the other people in it by being an ignorant jerkwad.
Now— I’m sure people can make arguments for this mod. “Gee Kitts, I don’t know these people… I need something to look at to see if they’re any legit”! Well, that’s a great argument if you’re a moron. You should know the people on your server. You should know what guilds are scary and which aren’t. You should know what people are “baddies” and which aren’t through your prior PUGing experiences. You should know general things about classes and whatnot, even if you’re casual, because the truth is you have friends (hopefully) that also know other things about this game and you can use them as reference points for good or bad!
Maybe people are just afraid of getting bitten by the “worst player ever” in a PUG. Or they’re so overly cautious that they have to put themselves into a world where the only thing that matters is a number. But here’s something to think about. How many people in your guild get carried through, die on most fights, and get gear at the end? These are the people who sit in your LFG and tell you that you can’t do a raid because you’re not good enough. Does that anger you?
I hope it does.
(Disclaimer: By no means are people who use Gearscore are “limited” intellectually. But you may want to start considering using your brain when playing WoW.)