My friend and co-gm, Backslashh, made a recent post on the Demon Soul forums regarding a warcraft website called Warcrafter.Whereas something like wowjutsu uses the armory of all of your guild’s members to compare your progression against other guilds on your server, warcrafter emphasizes individuals and comes up with personal rankings, both by guild and server. As you would expect, the ensuing wowforum thread was annoying as hell, as people let us know really important things like, “lol, it seems that I am ranked 12th on the server…” Well, not so bad. 15 posts later and its like, wtf, i read the list once. Do I really need the re-iterated greatest hits version?
Other blogs have focused on an additional feature of warcrafter where it breaks down basic but useful stats related to your spells. The image on the left is from warcrafter. Although all this looks pretty good, I would direct you to the ultimate stat tool of all time, the theorycraft-o-matic over at the man out of time site. You can see the difference right in the images here:
With warcrafter, the first image, you get to see how much damage spells do, and especially how much gets tacked on to that damage based on talents. It factors in mana usage, although you should be going to guides to figure out rotations and not relying on single spell breakdowns like this. On the other hand man out of time, the bottom image, is conditional on your spec and spell rotation. This is what really matters. Direct talent-to-talent comparisons, factoring in mana usage, and based on the spells you actually use to do the most damage with a give spec. Unfortunately its only for mages. What a drag.
My other beef with warcrafter is that as a GM in our guild, and in particular, as the guy who tries to steer the raiding efforts of our guild to the best of where it can go, I hate the type of mentality that these pages support. I need raiders to emphasize raid gear over battleground gear because of the essential stat distribution on raid gear. I also need raiders to think of the raid group as a whole, and pass on gear when there are players that need huge ups to get up to speed with the group. Personal rankings defeat that mentality. I had a guildie once tell me, “the only reason I play is because of gear and my personal advancement. I know it sounds selfish but thats how it is.” Warcrafter plugs in to that type of destructive thinking that not only disservices the guild community but the raiding efforts of the group as well. It is true that players need to be the best they can be for a group to succeed. But what is closer to the truth is that players need to help the group to maximize its potential overall.