This topic is a complicated one that needs further explanation. Many players are posting comments without understanding the subject.
WoWProgress is the oldest and the most advanced WoW Rankings website. It was launched 5 years ago and Sunwell was the first raiding tier for it.
Our scoring system was designed for Sunwell gating
. Now it seems many people don't remember what gating is.
Gating is not related to skipping bosses
When you defeated a boss, there was a gate that didn't allow you to see next one. Top guilds had to wait for new content to open every time they killed a boss.
Game developers decided when it's time to open the next boss. Once the gate is open, all the guilds that have defeated the previous one, started trying the new boss simultaneously (I'm not counting region time difference here).
Gating means that all competitive guilds start working on the next boss simultaneously
Even if you killed the previous boss faster, you weren't have any advantage on the next one.
Instead of one big race, the raiding tier contained several small races.
Point decay and counting total amount of points from several bosses was a perfect solution for gated content.
Now I'll explain why the system isn't working so well when there is no gating.
With point decay, every day you spend sitting on a boss costs you some amount of points.
There are different scores attached to different bosses.
Lets say there is a raid with 3 bosses: boss1, boss2, boss3.
They have daily scores attached: 10 for boss1, 10 for boss2, 50 for boss3.
It means every day you spend working on boss1 costs you 10 points.
boss1 and boss2 are intermediate bosses and boss3 is the final and the most complex one, which is why there are more points for it.
Looks absolutely logical, right?
Harder bosses cost more points. If you kill the harder boss faster, you get more points comparing to the easier boss kills.
Now there is a trap in this logic.
Some guild lost a day on boss1 because they made a mistake in tactics, or their key players had a birthday party, etc (the reason doesn't matter here).
This mistake costs them 10 points (1 day).
Quiz question: what is the flaw in this logic?
Part 2 is here