The title was something that someone whispered me the other day in an LFR. He was in mostly mythic HFC gear and I was keeping up with him on the fights with my awesome 670 tier set. One day I would like to get gear, I want to be the good player he says I can be. That line was sarcasm if you had not guessed, well, not the wanting to get gear part.
It was after the second boss when he said that. He was rocking the charts. Did 88K on the first boss, I did 68K. Second boss he did 96K and I did 83K. During the trash to the next boss he sent me that whisper "You'd be a good player if you had some gear".
I was not exactly sure what to make of it. Was it an offhand insult because he beat me? Was he saying that if I had the same gear he had I would have beaten him? Was he saying because I do not have good gear it means I can not be a good player?
I inspected him to see his gear and that is where I saw his gear was pretty sweet and made me a little jealous, well, a lot jealous really. He had three mythic tier pieces and one heroic warforged one with a gem slot. I have one normal tier piece I can not even use until I get three more. Insert sad face here.
I was trying to think what I could reply to the guy without sounding like a jerk. If I wanted to be honest I could have replied, "I am already better than you" because with his gear lead he should have been beating me by a lot more than he was. But that was when I thought he meant it as an insult.
I saw that there were other people from his guild there and they were all doing fairly well, so maybe he was making an offer. Heck, I've recruited people I found in an LFR before, so maybe that is what he was doing. Maybe he wanted to talk to me to try to recruit me. Not saying I would go, but I would entertain the idea if it were bought up.
In all truth, recruiting from LFR is a great way to recruit. There are often some good people in them that just never found a raid team. If you can grab one of those people and get them into a raid you could get yourself a new regular sometimes. Not saying it always works, it doesn't more than it does, but it could, and has for me in the past.
I ended up replying, "Thanks, I am doing pretty good today, thought I could take you that first fight but you pulled away at the end."
I had him for almost the entire fight. He jumped past me and skyrocketed at the end. have no clue how but he went from being behind me the whole fight to moving over 100K and settling at the 88K mark he ended at.
He did not reply again. The rest of the trash passed by, the boss died. At the end of the run I hung around in the group a bit to see if he said anything, as he was hanging around too, same with his guild mates. But he said nothing.
Maybe he did say it as an insult, a shot at me of some sort, or maybe I came off as arrogant in my reply. Either way our exchange was just those two things, the line he said to me and the line I said to him.
This morning I was thinking about the line he said and how wrong it really was. If you break it down it makes it sound like he was of the school of thought that gear makes the player.
I don't agree with that, never have and never will. Gear increases a players potential. Having good gear does not mean you are a good player and having bad gear does not mean you are a bad player. So saying if you had some gear you would be a good player is actually wrong. A good player is a good player no matter what. Having gear just means you are increasing the potential of said good player.
It seems to be the thought that the higher the item level a player has the better that player is and that is flat out false. It just means that the player with higher gear has more potential. They still need to play the class to the best of their ability to get something out of it. Sure, at some point even a piss poor player will beat a good player thanks to gear and gear alone, but that is not the point. That person, even with gear, would still be considered a bad player. So someone with less gear that does well should still be considered a good player right?
The time walker dungeons are the perfect place to test this theory out. Everyone is equal in terms of gear and with the exception of if one person has some gem slots and the other doesn't, two players will be equals. Skill matters more than gear there.
Two people in equal gear have a competition based on skill (and luck), but two people of extremely different item levels can not be compared looking at the numbers. The one that did more should always be the one with the higher item level gear because gear increases potential. The one with the better gear should do more. It is simple math. If someone in much lower gear is beating, or even competing, with someone that out gears them by more than 30 item levels that just means the person with more gear is not the better player. Not even a good player.
Was it an insult? Maybe it was, I will never know. But one thing is for sure and that is this, the guy thought gear made the player, because he thought gear would make me a good player. That right there shows he is not a good player. A good player knows that gear increases the potential of the player, but the player still need to do well to get the most out of it. Maybe he just phrased it wrong. If he wanted to say what he intended to say, if it were not an insult, he should have said, "I'd like to see what you could do with more gear." To me, that is a compliment, no misunderstanding that one.
Remember, what you do matters more. Follow mechanics, avoid the avoidable, and rock the charts. Even if you finish behind someone like that who really out gears you, know that you are still better than them. Just do the best you can do.
Gear does not make the player, the player makes the gear.