Ever since PUGs have become the flavor of the day, I've been hearing a lot about GearScore. This addon calculates the total "value" of your gear and returns a score that gives a general idea of how "good" your gear is.
I've been running random heroics daily with my Hunter and even though my gear is very good for a solo player (all slots are at least ilvl 200), I had no idea how I compared to other players in these groups, especially since many of them had no problem out-DPS-ing me by large amounts. To be honest, I realize that damage meters are a bit buggy in these cross-realm PUGs so I can't be sure that what I'm seeing is accurate.
Curious to see how good my gear really was, I installed GearScore for my two best-geared toons: my Hunter and my Paladin (Prot). Here's a screenshot for each.
What I can gather from this is that I'm pretty well geared for a player who's been playing solo until recently. It's true that some of this gear was acquired with emblems from running heroics but before I started running heroics all my gear was at least ilvl 200. Apparently my gear is good enough to (almost) run the highest 25-man raids currently in the game. It seems that I'm over-over-geared for heroics. On the other hand a lot of the random people in these PUGs have GearScores of 5000+. Now I know why some of them are out-DPS-ing me.
I've been saying this for a while: I'm seriously thinking about trying my hand at some tanking with my Paladin. This will probably happen once I'm tired of gearing up my Hunter and after I do some serious research on how to tank in a group. As you can see from the screenshot, my GearScore is decent and apparently it is a bit over what's necessary to run 5-man heroics. Which doesn't mean I'm gonna jump right into heroics with my fresh tank. No sir, I need to learn how to do this in normal dungeons and if everything goes well I can move on to the more serious stuff. Unfortunately my health is a bit low, 24K unbuffed and the only way I know how to boost it is through gear, but hopefully that will come after a few runs.
So there you have it: a very useful addon. I am aware that it is folly to swear by this so-called "score" since it is not something officially supported by Blizzard but merely a weighing of all stats on your gear and such. Still, I am finding it useful to figure out how well I'm geared for an instance, how my gear compares to that of other players and whether a new item would be an upgrade or a downgrade. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a chance.
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