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Elitist Armory


For a while I’ve been a big fan of the addon Elitist Group. STOP! Don’t panic right away my casual friends. Don’t let the word elitist scare you. Put down the garlic and wooden spike. If you don’t know it yet: it is a gear checking addon in the gearscore category.. WAIT! Don’t run yet! It’s not at all like gearscore in functionality. There is no silly mouseover-number that says as much about performance as engine displacement says about the quality and performance of your car (sure, a little, but it’s just one factor).

EG checks gear in a way that is meaningful. It’s aimed at PVE, and checks if you know what your doing gemming and enchanting wise. In a quick glance you can see if somebody is geared in pvp gear, hasn’t skipped gems/enchants and has used the correct ones. A good gemmed/enchanted character with correct gear choices is much more likely to be a decent player, because it shows dedication. The higher gearscore player that didn’t care, might still have better stats without, but the “didn’t care” is leading in this, it tells a lot about someone, like what to expect.

Of course, it’s not perfect. If gems/enchants are considered acceptable by a class by the addon, doesn’t mean that it’s a smart choice. A tank gemming nothing but strength is still not a very smart one, unless he plans on just playing heroics his entire career.

Anyway, I’m not going to write an aweful lot about the addon itself, since wow.com has done that a while back, and they were very thorough about it too. Read it if you want to know more.

This was actually a lead-in to what I have been playing around with yesterday: the new Elitist Armory site (WARNING: alpha state), created by EG addon developers Shadowed (also known from: Shadowed Unit Frames, Quick Auctions) and Antiarc (also known from: Sexy Map, Sexy Cooldown). When I first heard about it, I thought it would be like wow-heroes, or be.imba.hu. In fact, it is actually. All those sites check your gear, and look for correct choices in gear, gems and enchants. Still, it can still be a useful addition.

Shadoweds’ own description:

Since some people have been bugging me for this, here’s what it is! At its core, it’s a more advanced version of the Elitist Group addon.

Primarily it’s intended to give people a better idea of other players gear, but in a more concise fashion. Seeing a list of 300 achievements that are mostly irrelevant, or seeing what a Feral Druids spell power is, isn’t particularly useful.

Some of the planned features are better resources for groups, I’ll be looking very closely at tying Elitist Group into Elitist Armory (and vice-versa). One idea I’ve been toying with is the ability to quickly queue up everyone in your group on Elitist Armory by copying a link from Elitist Group.

Elitist Armory will end up being better than Elitist Group, just due to the fact that I have access to a ton more information than I do in-game.

As always, I’m interested in hearing what people think. If you have a suggestion, or perhaps you hate me for whatever reason send me an email at shadow@elitistarmory.com

I haven’t done a thorough research, or comparison. That’s not something I’m planning to do either, it’s much simpler to just try these things yourself. My first goal was just to show the existence of this site, because it just shows potential. I have done a simple check though.

What’s there to like?

Things equal to the other two sites:

  • Like both other sites, it shows gear, enchants, gems. Shows where good choices and bad choices are made.
  • Like be.imba, it’s a lightweight interface.
  • Like both other sites, it shows progress based on achievements. Even if it’s graphically much less appealing, it’s much clearer for a quick idea.
  • Like wow-heroes it shows health, mp5, spellpower, just a few stats, but the most interesting ones (oddly enough, it doesn’t show intellect, but then again, it’s still alpha). It also shows if a tank is uncrittable.
  • Like wow-heroes it shows professions.

Things different than the other sites, missing:

  • It doesn’t give a rating in the way of one single number “that fits all”. This is intended. It does show average ilvl.
  • It doesn’t suggest content where the gear is good enough for, but since the EG addon does, this is likely still work in progress.
  • It doesn’t suggest enhants/gems when wrong or missing.
  • It doesn’t show as much in terms of stats as wow-heroes does (last point previous list), I very much miss the expertise stat on my tank f.e.
  • It shows the 2nd spec, like wow-heroes, but it doesn’t remember it, so you can’t switch between them online (I personally love this about wow-heroes).

Things different than the other sites, improved:

  • It shows glyphs. These don’t seem to be rated, but I couldn’t find an example with bad glyphs, so not sure about that. It’s nice anyhow.
  • What I liked very much is the fact that you can link directly to a character by URL editing. Like: http://elitistarmory.com/<Region>(e.g. EU)/<Realm>/<Character name> This is very useful for direct linking, quickly checking, etc. This seems simple, but for me this could be the reason for me to use this most of all three sites.

Again, this site is still alpha, and comparing it in it’s current state isn’t really fair. Still, for its current state is already a strong competitor for both other sites. The sites strong point is it’s ease of use. It gives a fast, clear overview of what you’d like to know about a character, no bloat. I’m looking forward to the first beta version of it.

Check it out!

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