Too progressed to know07/02/2010
While I was going through my link/search logs the other day, I happened upon a post on a guild form (which I obviously won’t link) to my blog. Most of it was fairly normal linking behavior, but something caught my eye.
“Of course, her Paladin’s gear is pretty INsane (sic) and she is working on HMs so take it in that context.”
This isn’t the first comment in regards to my gear that I’ve found calling into question my judgment on things. In fact, it is a fairly regular practice for those trying to argue against my point of view to point out my progression, as if I were some sort of computer that wipes clean the files on normal fights when I start regularly downing hardmodes to save memory space. Seeing as it -is- prevalent when people disagree with me, I really have to ask myself why this is the case. I’m certainly not going to dismiss out of hand a repeated pattern.
I try very hard to make sure the things I write about are very firmly grounded in logic and reason. Nearly every time I write about something that I am trying to show as fact, I comment that I would love some feedback explaining where I went wrong if I did; as of yet, I haven’t gotten anything back. When someone disagrees with me and I ask them to prove it, I’m usually met with anecdotes (which any scientist can tell you isn’t evidence) or else with silence. Well, or personal attacks. (I have vivid memories about a commenter telling me I lack social skills. I still laugh over that one!)
But -is- it reasonable to think that what I say loses validity with those not as progressed in the end game? Do the conclusions I come to not hold as true for those still working their way through normal ICC because I’m not currently running that content?
The only reasonable answer I can come to is “no.”
I haven’t forgotten those first steps into the raid, wearing lesser gear than many of the naysayers and lacking the buff altogether. I still have vivid memories of praying for fewer Marks on normal Saurfang when he was the last boss you could kill. My teeth still ache from those long days trying to get any of the ToC hardmodes down and let’s not even discusses the wrinkles I gained from trying to learn to time Divine Sacrifice without getting myself killed those long months (years?) ago.
Math is math. Any decent Mad Scientist will test their theories with multiple variables to make sure it works. Would it be better if I were 11/12 regular ICC? Would the math somehow be more applicable? It is irrational to think so. When I talk about metagems, the reasons behind some choices being far better than others work across the spectrum. When there are exceptions, I say so. It isn’t a matter of my progression being “kept in context.” In fact, my progression has -nothing to do with it.- Trying to imply that my gear should make 2+2 -not- equal 4 is just a strawman argument, from what I can see.