I've always had the ideal, especially in WoW or any game for that matter that gear does not make a good player good. Now obviously gear does help make a good player be better at what they're doing, and normally gear is a symbol of progression, but if there's one thing I've noticed is how recently many people are looking for high iLv players to do normal SoO, even flex, asking for iLvs up to 550. Here's the issue though, if you average out flex gear, it'll be around 540, and even normal of the previous ToT, that's 522, and take it a step further to herioc which is 535. So the question is, how can people meet the requirements of said PUG group? Mind you my raid experience has been nearly every HM during Wrath while it was current.
Now I say this because I recently came back from taking a break away from the game, and coming back I have ran into this ever growing speed bump, at least for myself. I have noticed that when I do join PUGs that even people with the higher iLv then myself, or even achievements showing that they have completed said content still can be just as bad as any other player. Recently did a flex Garrosh fight, and the group I was with had experienced the raid before, and people continued to die to raid mechanics (we did finally kill the boss though). There's also been several occasions of being higher on damage meters then higher iLv players. (Mind you I don't care to stroke my damage numbers, I only use it to make sure I'm keeping up or doing what I should be doing.)
The point I'm trying to get at here though it seems to me that people are asking for people who have completed said content in the assumption that they will be good, but not giving the person that they believe will fail, also out of assumption. As for the iLv, how are said players supposed to come by gear if the requirement is out of reach?
As I have said though, iLv and achievements to request from a player does show that they've made progression on a character. That in hopes they know what they're doing, and that's about all the benefit I can see from it, but seeing as how my experiences have been with SoO with Flex and Normal, I question more and more why people bother putting said speed bump in.
What are peoples thoughts on this?