- Item level doesn't take into account player skill.
I'm sure people have seen dps do under 5k at 85, while also seeing skilled players do over 5k at 80.
while i havent played heroics yet i know for a fact that - in normal instances - as a melee dps there are tons of times you have to run out and stand there doing squat, its that or stay in and die and do less, that hurts certain classes dps.
as for lvl 80's doing 5k+, thats a walk in the park, my druid in greens was doing over 7k at 80. Stats on gear (cata greens lvl 78-80) compared to lvl 80 content is so horribly unbalanced into the OP degree