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Eternalnight
09.26.2012 , 10:01 AM | #22
Gear checks just do not work.

Adding item level requirement was a total failure in WoW, and it would probably be a big failure in this game.

First of all if you only had a gear check that only checks the rating in your gear (similar to WoW's item level check) you would get a huge increase in stupid stuff like Troopers running around in wearing Strength gear (because it has higher item levels) and other such cases of people wearing gear that is completely useless to their class. I already see these kinds of people sometimes, and really don't want to have even more of them in my groups.

Second thing even if you had also checkups that make sure that the person has gear with the correct primary stat for his class, it would not be enough to filter out such things as:
-Tanks wearing dps gear
-DPS wearing tank gear
-PvP gear in PvE ops
and so on.

Now even if they created some kind of a smart gear check that would filter out all of the above, there is still one major flaw that just makes it impossible to get a good gear automatic check system in place.
THERE ARE MANY MANY EXAMPLES IN THIS GAME WHERE A PIECE OF GEAR WITH A LOWER RATING IS BETTER THAN ONE WITH HIGHER RATING!!!
No matter how advanced gear checkups they made with automatic group making tools, they would never be able to take all of this fully into account. There were some examples of this problem even in WoW, although only a few, but in this game it is a huge problem with literally hundreds of badly itemized pieces where even the unaltered version of the lower tier gear is better.
Not to mention that having your gear properly optimized by swapping some parts in it, makes up for even bigger difference.