Gear Score Isn’t Everything
Today in WoW, you really can’t get away from seeing the acronym “GS”. Where people will post up and say my GS is 2800 LFG. GS or Gear Score was for the most part invented or at least popularized by the site http://wow-heroes.com/. On this site you plug in a person’s realm and character name, and the site will assign a score based on that characters current gear and enchants.
This helps out folks to see who is better geared than others, what gear score doesn’t evaluate is experience or skill. But wait, they have a “Raid Achievements” section, yeah they show what raid achievements that character earned, but was that character lowest on the totem pole? Do they not fully get their class?
What about someone who has had the unfortunate situation where they have not been able to raid and have no raid achievements? Does that mean they don’t have skill or experience?
While the site itself is a GREAT tool, it has quickly become the end all be all for invites. People have gone as far as installing addons like GearScore to find out on the fly just how good someone’s gear is. Just this past week I had 3 people whisper me to apply to my guild, and instead of telling me about themselves they told me their gear score. While thats great, I immediately turned the conversation around and asked them regarding their experience.
Knowing someone’s gear is great to know what instances they are capable of doing, but should never replace someone’s skill. Recently I was running as a tank in Forge of Souls. The healer in there had maybe 3 epics, mostly blues and greens, and he did a phenomenal job, and I told him so. He told me thank you, and that he is usually kicked from groups because of his gear.
Skill is always better than gear people. Gear score isn’t everything. Remember to look at the overall package. Skill and the person behind the toon is more important than just gear.