So, looking above (wow-heroes) his gear isn't great. And looking below, a couple things become aparent:
1 - He's in a TON of crafted PvP gear. Well, as it turns out, he's on a PvP server, so this actually makes a fair bit of sense. (and the guys is a BS, so I assume s/he's rather proud of all that work!)
2 - He has no gems (belt) or any enchants.
3 - His talent placement looks less than ideal: 70/1/0.
I did a bit more digging (thanks to
stalker.com, I mean wowarmory.com ) I found out that he had dinged 80 literally the day before, and that this was his 3rd Heroic run.
This would (to a degree) explain the lack of any enchants: this is probably his first toon, and on a PvP server, farming for stuff is a tad risky, so it's likely he's simply cash starved. (one confounding piece of info is that he's in a moderately large -202 members- guild, so I'm not sure why he isn't getting *some* help/direction)
But clearly, he has some learning to do.
He died once on the mobs before Loken, but other than that, he was there fighting, but not accomplishing much.
From Recount, his melee atack was about 60% of his damage, with 2 other abilities making up the remainder (sorry, I can't remember what) so I don't think he really "gets" how to play his toon to the max... BUT, he didn't do anything glaringly stupid either. (even if his gearing/talenting is sub-par, he didn't PLAY badly - and that, in my opinion is HUGE)
So, do I feel like my gme was ruined because I carried a newbie, that didn't gem, didn't enchant, didn't chose talents as optimally as he/she could?
Not in the slightest. I just wish s/he were on my server so I could possibly help the guy out. because:
- not everyone KNOWS to even look for info on blogs. (let alone EJ or similar)
- clearly nobody in that guild has bothered to teach/guide him (well, the guy could unwilling to learn- but if someone is *that* hard headed, they are usually booted from a guild)
- if someone is new to the game (and possilby to online computing) it can be daunting to even know WHAT to Google for.
So, yeah, I will cut the guy slack. Even if he isn't a top performer. After all, I bet that trip through HoL was a pretty fun run for him.
And that's what matters...
Hmmm... maybe I'll start a toon on that server and, as politely as possible, try to give him a bit of advice.