As someone who has spent the majority of the past couple years revisiting the Burning Crusade and Wrath of the Lich King expansions of WoW I have come to appreciate the group finder tools in game and how far they have come over the life of the game. Gone are the days where you would type in chat “/who priest” and whisper everyone that came up to come heal your dungeon group. The current looking for group tool allows you to group for anything you want with it’s highly customization options and categories. I mostly use it for dungeon and world quests but you can find some role playing or transmog or other various farming groups.
We do have quite a large community group and guild currently, but sometimes we still need to pug someone for our dungeon groups. “Pug” means that you are finding someone that you don’t know to come help your group complete a task and is often viewed as a gamble. This person could be good or they could be awful, it’s really hard to tell. There is a ton of information out there about your character and if someone has the patience to do the research they can find out a lot about how you play. In game there is a quick and dirty way of selecting your hypothetical best option and that is by choosing someone with a high item level.
I’ve seen a lot of people on twitter pointing out that one week into the expansion there is a lot of unreasonable requirements for finding a Mythic dungeon group. The next level down’s gear is a 325 item level and the mythic is 340. There are lots of groups out there that will require someone with a 340 item level to just join the group. “Why would someone with that high of an item level want to run a dungeon with this group?” The answer is, most of the time that requirement is not met when people sign up to be considered. As someone who forms a lot of groups and uses the group finder to find players to complete our party, I will tell you that most of the time we are too impatient to wait. Now there may be some people that are amendment about finding a super geared player, and they are out there but are they willing to wait for the perfectly geared person? Probably not.
Applying to join these groups reminds me of a statistic that I heard somewhere surveying men who were applying to jobs. They would go after jobs that they only met 40% of the criteria in the job description. Having a more impressive resume (or item level) will definitely help you land that position both in a job or in a dungeon group. So I urge you, be bold if your endeavors but also keep grinding that gear 😉 When all else fails, make your own group 😀