Spotlight: Loot Council, a New Upgrade Comparison Tool

Spotlight: Loot Council, a New Upgrade Comparison Tool

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If you’ve ever been in the hot seat during a loot decision like I have, you already know that it’s important to assess the relative value of the upgrade for all interested players before you weigh in on who should be awarded the item. What if there were a tool that you could use to research upgrades for all your guild members and compare them to each other? That would be pretty cool, right?

My friend Bonkers of Vek’nilash has just developed such a tool. It’s name is–not surprisingly–Loot Council, and it will help any WoW player investigate the gear from a certain dungeon and decide when to pass, and when to bid for an item.

How to Use Loot Council

Once you get to http://loot-council.appspot.com/, you’ll find that you have a form to fill out. To get the most out of Bonkers’ fantastic creation, put in the names of two or more characters of the same class and spec in your guild, separated by commas. To test out the LC tool, I used the names of Conquest’s three resto druids. Then, select a ranking type (Wowhead is working best at the moment) and a dungeon. I put in Naxxramas Heroic. Some Naxxramas normal stuff may still show up–I think Bonkers is working on that.

What you will get is a list of all the items in Naxx that might be of interest to a resto druid and a summary of the comparative upgrade for each player. As with all generic rankings like Wowhead, it can’t tell how important spirit or intellect is to a particular player. However, I find Loot Council’s suggestions to be helpful, especially when I know that I personally want an item. What it helps me see is whether someone else on my team would benefit from getting it first.

Sample Entry

Here’s what you will see when you scroll down to the items that you’re interested in. Even though I’d like to have this item, it looks like a pass to Burningpaw is in order the first time it drops.
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Why Use the Loot Council Tool?

Either for Loot Council members deciding how to award prizes or for individuals deciding whether to pass on an item or spend dkp, the issue of fairness is very important. I always urge people to research their gear, and this tool lets you do that–and, at the same time, research your friends’ gear. Raiding isn’t just about loot–or, in any case, it shouldn’t be. It’s also about friendships, and sharing is one of the things that helps build those bonds. I think it’s no coincidence that the opening page of the Loot Council tool features Oliver and Otto, Bonkers’ two cats–or, I should say, two greedy little piggies who happen to look like cats, and who also happen to be best friends. Oh, if only WoW raiders could be like that. No matter how much we want the loot, we’ve got to learn to share our kibble.

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Comments

  1. THat’s… that’s actually pretty cool :O.

  2. That is pretty nifty… -runs to her guild forum-

    Orbitzs last blog post..PVP /facepalm

  3. Thanks Syd! For the lazy among us just dump in a mixed list of classes/specs and it gives upgrade values for everyone. The idea is I can drop in a full raid roster once at the start and window out to spot check when I see a shiny drop.

    Oh, and healers, my guild is recruiting! (:

    http://forums.worldofwarcraft.com/thread.html?topicId=13275812051

  4. That is great… posted it up on my guild forum

  5. Allindra - Smolderthorn - Alliance says:

    OMG, that tool is friggin AWESOME.

    Yup, telling my guildies about that one. We generally just go by a /roll on the people who obviously need it, but we might be moving more towards a loot council and that tool will definitely help.

  6. Doppelganger says:

    Thats actually pretty awesome, needs some tweaking though. Its bringing up cloth, spell power and tanking items for me as a rogue.

  7. That’s a really nice tool. I don’t know how possible this is, but a nice feature (as a loot master) would be if you could punch in a specific piece of loot and then the people who want to roll and get the relative upgrade values rather than scrolling through a massive list.

    Sometimes a item of loot drops and I’m a bit in the dark about how much of an upgrade it is. While I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about class gear requirements, there is those odd occasions where some assistance would be handy.

  8. This is pretty cool! I agree that it would be nice to have filters to remove certain items like cloth and leather for plate wearers or even off-spec items.

    While we’re at it, can we get it in addon form? LOL (Ahh to be lazy…)

    kyrileans last blog post..Mr. Pinchy’s Magical Crawdad Box

  9. Thanks for this, Great little site, i’ll inform my Guildies to check it out.

    btw, love this blog.. been a lurker for a while 🙂

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