I remember a whole lot was being said about the good old Gear Score addon, the addon that started it all, so to say. I won't say Gear Score started the gear scoring - there had been sites doing that for a while before Gear Score came along. But GS brought it into the game and for some reason that turned out be a big no no for some people. I've discussed my stand on GS already, but in essence I concluded that GS is a tool and as such it is only as bad as its users will be. I totally agree that too much emphasize was being put into whatever the GS addon said about you. I was on the wrong side of that deal for a long time with my little warrior. Being scorned in instances and not get to join simple raids because my "GS was too low", although my ability was quite sufficient. What really bothered me was how people didn't even give you a chance if you didn't have some seemingly arbitrary GS score. But all in all GS didn't do anything new. Puggers have for all times tried to estimate your ability by what they can see. They won't be able to see your actual skill until you're in there doing your thing, and by then it might be too late. So they have asked for achievements and gear since forever.
Gearscore saved time doing things people had been doing since the dawn of WoW - inspecting people to estimate their ability. But it definitely had its limitations, and these weren't taken into consideration often enough. It only scored your gear, it didn't take any account to whether that was the proper gear with the right stats, if it was gemmed or enchanted. In this way a site like wowheroes was definitely better since it scored based on all these factors, making the score a lot closer to reality than Gearscore.
But all that is history now. Since Blizzard decided to implement their own gearscoring system, an addon like gearscore has become obsolete. They do basically the same thing after all, and have the same flaws and benefits. Well actually that's not entirely true. Blizzards gearscoring system comes with one additional flaw, one that is so huge it makes the entire system worthless. Add to that that the new system is what measures whether you get to join for a heroic or not and we've got a problem on our hands.
|This is how ugly the new gearscore system is.|
So say warrior A could need on a really good caster trinket just because it has a lot higher item level than anything he is currently wearing. He doesn't have to use it, he just has to have it in his bag to increase his gearscore. And now you're thinking "hah, no one would be that stupid... would they?". Remember all those people who ran around with worthless items just to increase their gearscore? People have gone this path already! Blizzard are only making it even more worthwhile to behave in this crazy manner. Blizzard are rewarding people for running around with gear they can't/won't use.
The only reason I see how this is a good idea is if Blizzard are planning to implement shitloads of gear that isn't supposed to be equipped. That can be used directly from the bag, in some way. I haven't seen anything about that, have you?
Apparently you need the arbitrary score of 329 to be able to enter heroics. So if you find some item in an instance, on the auction house or through a quest that has a lot higher item level than what you're currently wearing, you should consider putting it into your bags even if it's nothing you'd ever use. Just to prove a point and maybe Blizzard will reconsider.