For some time now, I came to think of a way of comparing the equipment of different players by their overall (or summed) values.
Wouldn't this be possible easily?
Like, there's RatingBuster out there, and what about just summing up all the ItemLvls of your equip parts to just have a simple number to compare?
There are this much addons that give class specific values for how good your dealing dmg with this specific item.
How about we have an addon, that calculates, depending on class/talents, using the most valuable stats, gems, enchants, applies a factor depending on equip level, and calculates a value that you can place on a ranked list out of it? Like you could use it afterwards like "from 500-600 points, equals a rank 8 of 10"
Just calculate your own equip, share the value manually.
Synchronize via the guild comm channel (or other possibilites?).
Calculate it for yourself by just examining the other (target) player.
Update on mouse over, caching, etc.
Maybe it would be further on possible to place a value like this into a tooltip (I would like to use it that way) to quickly classify the difficulty of an enemy player in Arena, for example.
Is it possible to access data of Blizzard's Arsenal ingame?
If there's something out there already that works like I asked for here, please tell me so I can try and use it :D
Hope you could follow and clearly get what I meant.
Please don't judge me if not, for my bad english, for I am german ^^'
Sounds great for me to start with :D
Could you do that for real?
Concerning the gems/enchants... as far as I know, gems do have item level like any other... not sure if they are still accessible when socketed into your equip...
but maybe a workaround could do, also for enchants:
they all do have certain names which are unique for this gem/enchant... shouldnt it be possible to "read" this name out of your finalized equip item and apply it a level?
e.g. "Executioner" equals a level of 110, the gem "Solid Star of Elune" equals a level of 70...
Would that be doable? To just create a little FuBar plugin, (like durability) like you suggested, for your own "Overall Item Value".
Then you would be able to compare values manually, thats the first stage ;D