…lest ye be judged yourself. (Or something to that effect.)
I don’t know about you, but I know I usually check out some other people’s gear when I’m in a raid/pug/whatever. Especially so when it’s someone of the same class. And one of the things I notice and critcize most is the Meta gem. It’s usually pretty evident which Meta gem is best for which class. Such as my mage; it’s the Chaotic Skyflare Diamond. My druid uses the Austere Earthsiege Diamond, as I’m sure most tanks do. Now, I don’t go out of my way to specifically look at what Meta they might be using, but under a certain circumstances it becomes more noticable.
When is it most noticable?
When the Meta requirements aren’t met and the benefits are grayed out.
It’s my understanding that the benefits from a proper Meta gem are absolutely worth getting, even if you need to do a bit of crafty socketing via dual coloured gems (ie: purple, green, or orange). You may not get the full +Stam or +Spellpower or whatever, but you at least get that Meta doing its dirty work. So, when I see someone not exploiting the benefits of their Meta gem, I judge them a little. I don’t outright dismiss them, but it’s more of a “jeez, lrn2gem” or “pay attention” negative judgement. Then today I was taking a look at a WoW gear evaluation websites (Be Imba! , in particular), and I noticed something horrible:
I am not getting the benefits of my Meta gem on my mage. I need to have another blue gem.
Damnit – pay attention, Reeg. /facepalm