“LF1M DPS for 10 ICC. Starting fresh with a good group. Link Gearscore over 5500 and achievements.”
Does your trade chat look like this? Let’s examine the claim being made, why its being made, and to what degree its making runs easier.
First, this individual is setting up a PUG. For anyone who uses the term without understanding it, that a Pick Up Group. The implication is he may no nothing about these players, their skill, the knowledge they have of certain fights, etc. All the recruiting raid leader (let’s call him Frank) knows after you send him a tell is how much gear you have, and what achievements you have completed.
Now, if you link Frank an achievement, what’s the worst case for him? Its possible you got carried through that level of content and are a terrible player. Its also possible that you’re a 6 year old girl (odd much higher if you play alliance) playing her dad’s toon. Much more likely than either of these situations, he’s going to get a player who has at least seen the content.
What’s the worst case for you? Well, you could have the “Bane of the Fallen King” title on your main, but be playing an alt. You could be gearing your first toon, have studied the fights and watched every available video, talked to anyone you know who’s completed it, and be trying to get some first-hand experience. Pugs are a bad place for that, and I would recommend getting a guild for such experiences. If it’s all you can do, try explaining this to Frank. Often, pug leaders will appreciate the honesty and still take you.
The gearscore demon is another challenge. What’s the worst case for Frank? Either he can’t fill his run, or he gets bad players who are padding their own gearscores with incorrect upgrades. For you, this means you should whisper Frank, explain you only have a 5200 gearscore, but that if he needs people you’re there and that you know your stuff. Likely he’ll take you.
Gearscore gives him a benchline of your playskill, and of the content you’ve done. You cannot have a 5500 GS without time spent in ICC, so he knows you’ve done enough raiding to get loot out of there. It isn’t a great way to weed through players, but it works decently for pugs.
The best way to get members for a group is from Friend lists, and good pug leaders do that. Try to be knowledgeable but not pushy, and friendly but focused. The gal who topped meters and knew all the fights despite having a low gearscore is going to get invited back!