So, do you let your Hunters roll against Rogues for leather armor that's got +hit, +crit, +agi, and +ap?
Do you let your Resto Druids roll against Priests for cloth armor with all the goodies that healers want?
Do you let your Death Knights roll against.....well, I'm not really sure what stats a Death Knight will need, so hold that thought.
In a rare display of drama, we actually had a minor tift over loot. Strange, because its not come up even once through 4 months of raiding.
See, in a recent guild raid, this one player rolled for loot that was a downgraded armor type, against a player for who the armor is the primary type.
This piece provides stat bonuses to the areas that both need for their primary raiding role, so there was no off spec thoughts involved. Primary Raiding Role.
And, in this specific scenario, the downgrader would get an stat bonus increase over his current gear that was 400% better than the increase the other player would receive from the same piece. He/she only chose to roll after inspecting the other toon and seeing what a dramatic difference there was in how much of an upgrade it was to the two of them.
The downgrader won the roll. Minor drama ensued.
So what do other raiding guilds do? Do you allow downgrades if its for a piece that will be used in your primary raid role? or do you offer priority to those for whom it is the maximum armor type available, and only offer it to downgraders after all others have passed?
I'm on the fence. I can see the argument on the downgrader's side. It provides a direct increase in utility to the raid, because it makes him/her better in the role that he/she is invited to the raid for.
I can also see the argument for the non-downgrader. If you are a class that is restricted in what armor types you can equip, you will generally have fewer drops that are options for you to make use of, so when a piece that is your primary type drops, you're interested in getting it.
Luckily, all the people involved are mature adults, so the situation is over and done with.
But going forward, we're debating making a "formal policy" on where the guild stands in this situation, and I'd love to hear more about what other raiders do.