At least a few upgrades

Last week I was finally able to purchase the third t12 item, and I decided to craft the 365 weapons rather than waiting for either a price drop, or a totally lucky drop in Firelands. It feels good to have some upgrades.

It took me a long time to get the third t12 item, and I worked hard for it – was it casual? Yup. But you can get stuffed if you think it didn’t take a very long time. I’m not the best geared in my guild at all, but considering that I have never had a raid upgrade in Firelands, and have barely stepped in there, being around position 12 to 14 on the guild list is a small achievement.

Today I read news that the t13 items will not be available for purchase with Valor, but other gear will be. Initially I was totally disenfranchised by this. I think this is OK as long as the gear is almost the same as the tier gear. A tad less powerful is fine (eg. missing a Tier set bonus), but if the items are no more powerful than the 5 man rewards, then I will not be grinding Valor at all – and cannot see a reason to do the 5 mans beyond the basic gear-ups.

That will have a drastic affect on the tank population, and the amount of players we’ll see – so much so that I doubt it is even plausible for the Valor gear not to be almost as good. Not granting t13 rewards makes having those items more special, and I like that. If you are a raider and you got lucky enough to get them, then kudos. Just don’t penalise my role in the raid because I’ve geared a few items using Valor. That would be stupid.

So what does this all mean? It means I’m watching closing the announcements for gear as part of 4.3. Very closely.

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4 thoughts on “At least a few upgrades

  1. It can’t possibly be worse than the gear design for t12. We were heavily over-reliant on gearing through VP this tier, especially priests (no spi cloth drops? really?) and plate DPS. Not to mention poor itemization in any number of areas, particularly the FL faction trinkets.

    Looks like they’ve overcompensated for t13, with 4 different sources – in approximate order of effectiveness: dungeon, LFR, VP, raid – of top-end gear.

  2. I didn’t think the LFR system was dropping any loot at all. More that it was a training ground and a way to see the content. The news does seem to indicate that a toon can get fully geared via Valor, which probably means a longer grind.

  3. MMO Champion Clarification

    We recognize that making the tier 13 set pieces available only as raid drops leaves players much more subject to RNG drop rates/loot rolls, but we have a couple of plans to try and alleviate the sense of burden that stems from the randomness of token drops.

    The way tier 13 pieces will be obtained in the 4.3 raid won’t be unlike raids past, meaning players will still need to roll on multi-class set tokens. That said, we’ll be tweaking the tier 13 10-player drop rates a little bit (for the better) relative to the 25-player version, given that these tier pieces can’t be purchased from vendors for Valor Points.

    In addition, due to tier pieces not being offered for Valor Points, another thing you’ll see in patch 4.3 is a much wider array of desirable non-set loot (covering more slots than prior patches) available from the vendors, for those players who are unlucky with specific token drops, or who aren’t interested in raiding—although, once you get more details about the Raid Finder, we hope you’ll find interest in having a go.

    Keep in mind we do intend to allow tier 13 set pieces to drop for those using the upcoming Raid Finder. Similar to the difference between normal and Heroic versions of tier sets, the Raid Finder set will have a lower item level than the normal and Heroic counterparts.

    Set pieces from all three difficulty levels can still be mixed and matched for the two and four-piece bonuses.

  4. Yeah, that’s the same announcement I found on WoW Insider. Lower level t13, so we’ll still be able to get the look and the set bonuses but without the full stat advantage of the “real” gear. I’m pretty optimistic about this facet, actually. Especially considering that they also talked about a shedload of profession patterns being added.

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