Learning new stuff is an ever ongoing process if you want to keep improving yourself. Only ways to find out is by hearing from others, or figuring out things for yourself. Problem with hearing from others is; finding someone who actually knows what they are talking about (instead of assuming/pretending to know) is like looking for a needle in a haystack. So here are some pointers to help you get accurate information: 'Best' someone who talks about best class, best build, or claims to be the best ...? Plug your ears and walk away. There's no such thing as best; only what is best FOR YOU or for a specific purpose. 'Useless' people who tell you stats, classes or skills are useless seriously don't get that every option serves a purpose. Think about what is useful/useless TO YOU, but don't underestimate it. Especially MEN is an under appreciated stat for example. Double check always check new info with another source. I try to make sure that the stuff I post on the forums is accurate, but my understanding/explanation could be flawed. Experiment yourself or ask someone you deem knowledgeable & accurate. Stat build: lots of people will tell you how to build. "Yeah go 100 STR, 40 DEX, and the rest VIT." Not the way to decide on your own build. First, read up on what each stat does, and what those stats do for your class in specific (passive boosted by DEX for example). Once you've done that, start asking around what builds people have to get an idea what most others do. GM/sub: any idiot can become a GM (I tested this firsthand), and a GM/sub is in no way better than you. Don't look up to people because of their title; we're all people playing from our little screen. High level/gear: If a player has a high level, that doesn't mean he actually knows his stuff. It only means you spent a lot of time playing the game. Strong gear can simply be bought with gold or gems (the latter using real $). Don't mistake power for knowledge. Newbies: Newbies can pick up on things fast, or perhaps have a fresh look at things. Don't ignore what they have to say; you can learn a lot more from them than you may think. Players who want to be right: There are plenty of players who will explain stuff to you, which ends up to be rubbish. They just want the glory of being the 'helper,' instead of actually focusing on the help itself. It's often the same type of player who isn't open to the possibility that he/she is wrong. Assumptions, urban legends & common knowledge: Assume whatever you think is wrong till you are proven right. Be open to suggestions & theories that aren't in line with your thoughts. Also, don't simply do what everyone says. Find out why everyone says it. For example, 40 DEX is generally advised. There's also an urban legend that adding DEX beyond that point actually lowers your crit rate (which is false). Last but not least, don't follow the rest of the sheep; common knowledge isn't always accurate. Experiment yourself: If you test/experiment yourself, you got the info firsthand. If done correctly, this is the most accurate source of information. Be sure to think of all confounding variables during tests, and be open to feedback from others. Personal note; builds: I don't ever listen to people telling me how to build my character. I listen to some advice from people that I deem knowledgeable and accurate, and maybe look at their builds. The actual build however, is mine to decide on. Every player has his/her own play style, so see what suits your needs. If you are having trouble deciding on your build, it could help to think about what purpose you want your character to serve, and base your build on that. Don't just look at the damage you do per hit; being strong is more than simply hitting hard.