What is Gearscore? Simply put, Gearscore is a system tool designed by the community to help players determine their character's strength during the game. Therefore, Gearscore can actually intuitively show the numerical value of all the players' current equipment.
Now that WotLK Classic Phase 2 is here. It's time you pump up your Gearscore to get into raids without breaking a sweat. I just digged 80 on a fresh Paladin and this is an old door looking for players tomorrow. But the message says they require 4200 Gearscore. Luckily, I've mastered the Gearscore formula and I know exactly how to export it. We'll just need to use my secret methods to pump up our Gearscore over 4,200 in less than 10 hours of gameplay.
Diving into the code, I've unlocked the secret key to Gearscore. There's actually different multipliers per item slot. The big ticket items are the weapons, the chests, the helmets and the legs. Meanwhile, the least relevant items that are jewelry and bracers and also there's a huge rarity penalty for items that aren't Epic. That means even if we have a best blue Trinket, we need to swap it to pump up our Gearscore to make it easier to plan your upgrades.
I've made a dynamic Gearscore Calculator. So, we know the formula and the weights per item. We know our primary goal is to get Epic Items in every slot while prioritizing weapons chests and legs.
How To Get Your Gearscore Up Fast
So, what's the best way to get our Gearscore up fast? Starting with our fresh 80 Paladin. Powerfarming full Hateful and Wintergrasp gear will give us a great baseline. Wintergrasp must be your main priority and don't forget the Weekly Quest, either.
I'm also adding in Furious off-paces, PVP jewelry Trinkets and a crafted weapon from the Auction House. All that gear will easily net me over 4,100 Gearscore. The best part is that the total farming time for all this PVP gear is under 16 hours. But wait, I'll explain how we can skip pieces and have our farming time coming up with my shiny new Gearscore.
Gear Farming Tips
I'll be able to run Titan Rune Dungeons to replace PVP pieces with better PVE Epics. My biggest priority is the Daily Heroic Dungeon quest, which gives five Emblems of Conquest. Emblems of Conquest can be used to shore up weak PVP slots, like your leg or your helmet.
You also get Emblems of Valor from Heroic Dungeons and the Daily Normal Dungeon Quest. Let's save these Emblems up and use them to purchase Bind on Pick-up 213 gear. If for Valor, I recommend prioritizing slots, like your shoulder and your back.
We can also fix up slots, using raw WOTLK Classic Gold. There are amazing adopted boots and belts in the Auction House at 232 item level. There are even raid BoEs, like chest and gloves for high rollers. And plus don't forget the jewelry vendor. You can actually wear two types of 226 vendor rings for bonus Gearscore.
How To Fill In Your Weakest Slots
And now, let's quickly fill in our weakest slots with all the phase one raids. You'll actually get 25 man loot from the 10 mans, which means 213 gear and up to 226 weapons. And don't skip out on 25 mans, either. You'll get extra loot and the runs only take two hours during your World Tour. You should definitely prioritize soft reserving those 226 item level weapons.
Now is your most impactful slot. And you can't purchase them on the Auction House after your World Tour. We're looking at over 4,200 Gearscore with less than 10 hours playing.
Join Vault of Archavon Runs
I've also personally made a habit of joining Vault of Archavon Runs every week.
Emalon 10 Man drops two 13 item level gear while 25 mans dropped 232 PVE and PVP pieces. And those pieces will absolutely skyrocket your Gearscore.
Do 10 Mans First
I highly recommend doing the 10 mans first. The gear is way less competitive. Plus every new upgrade will take your Gearscore through the roof. On my Druid last week, I even got a 245 item level staff that raised my Gearscore by an insane 265.
And once you've done your 10 mans, you should be caught up and ready to join any 25-man group you see forming a trade chat. However, before that you first need to make sure you are gearing up in your Titan Rune Dungeons as efficiently as possible.