I stumbled upon a Reddit thread where a particular honest individual admits that he is a magic find leech in Guild Wars 2. What is a magic find leech? The magic find statistic replaces other attributes on your gear that can increase your character’s power. Wearing a magic find set makes you less effective in combat, but increases your chance to find good loot. If you don your set of magic gear, it can effectively slow down a dungeon run while you leech better rewards for yourself. Nice, eh?
This Redditor isn’t proud of his actions, but claims that the way Guild Wars 2 is designed encourages this behavior. You cannot inspect the gear of other players, so you cannot detect if someone is using a magic find set. His argument is that it’s a dog eat dog world. Wearing normal gear isn’t rewarded and it’s possible for others to be leeching off of you, so you’re better off doing it as well. It’s perhaps a cynical viewpoint, but it’s also likely occurred to a decent percentage of the player population. It’s easier to self-regulate when you’re playing with friends or guildmates, but what happens when you join a pug? Do you think his selfishness is justified because of the way the game is designed or do we have a moral obligation to a group of strangers to be at the top of our game?
Magic find is always a contentious statistic in games but there are mechanics you can implement to curb negative behaviors. Some developers combat these issues by giving all party members a loot boost based on the average magic find score of the group. Others grant magic find buffs to those who repeatedly defeat boss encounters without dying. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages.
Are you a magic find leech in Guild Wars 2? How would you like to see these issues addressed? Should they remove magic find completely or is it a fun mechanic? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.