So I used to think that gaming was going the way of catering to the more casual gamer. Although, what I’m finding is that I can play some of the things but I’m punished for playing as little as I do.
Back in Wrath of the Lichking people lamented the use of addons like Gear Score and to our surprise Blizzard thought that scoring system for ranking a player’s overall gear was a good idea and implemented it into their base game and call it item level. You can view a person’s item level when you are using the group finder addon and it is one of the few pieces of information that you see along with their name, class and role. If you want to take your selectiveness to the next level you can use a website and addon called RaiderIO In theory this type of system is great for weeding out the inexperienced and poor performing players. There was the occasion where I wish I had more information on the people that I was partying with people who end up freaking out in chat and then leaving.
The way that Raider IO scores a player is a little bit odd. You get points based on how many mythic + dungeons you complete during the current week and you get more points for completing a variety of dungeons. You get more points for completing these dungeons with a favorable time but you are penalized if you had a great completion the week prior and did not run that same dungeon this week. So, in order to maintain your score you must continually do the dungeons. I currently have a score of 211 which is considered pretty low, I have completed 4 dungeons for the week which were all between level 7 through 9. If I had time I could complete a bunch of +4 or +5 with a great time and that would give me a better score than simply completing the 9 that I did where we didn’t make the time. I don’t really get any points for completing raid bosses which is where my focus is for now.
I don’t have a ton of time this week to run these dungeons but I do plan on the future to do some sort of experiment. I play a desired class for dungeons due to our roots and slows (frost mage) and I shouldn’t have trouble finding groups with my gear. I want to run some +4/+5 dungeons and see how that effects my score. I’m viewing my raiderio score as a metagame within World of Warcraft and while I’m a bit angry that I’m being excluded from groups based on this score, I would probably exclude players as well if I were the one making the group and wanted to succeed.
All of this being said, I love the mythic keystone system and its ability to challenge you. I do want to form a more consistent group to do these so that I can do better. I really need more practice since I’m a little fuzzy on the mechanics of all the trash and the boss fights. There is a lot of information to remember and running through these dungeons more will definitely help with this.
What are your thoughts on scoring players based on a point system? Do you find it helpful or hurtful? How could raiderio be improved?