MMO Champions’ screenie of the caster heirloom shield, hopefully arriving in patch 5.3
5.3 will apparently bring us the heirloom shields, effective up to level 85. That means (a) they are moot for my shield using Tanks which is a shame, but (b) my Shaman toy might get some bling.
Well honestly I’ll probably buy both eventually anyway in the grim hope that one day another class is added. So make that 4350 Justice pts. And a pony.
Good news though. It is something to spend Justice points on.
The new one player battle area called the Brawlers Guild will offer at the very least some rep, a ranking, and allow purchase of a new heirloom – Brawler’s Razor Claws!
Standard heirloom stuff – level 1-80, with Hit and Haste as the two stats offered; costing 2175 Justice Points. Very nice little addition to the heirloom toolset.
I love heirloom gear and Psynister has noted that we have some heirloom legs on the way for characters. Booya!
These new leg items are effective right up to level 85, which is no benefit for my plate wearers, but a huge deal for the alts and Monks that will be scraping XP from every mob, rock, and flower. The legs have a guild achievement to be unlocked (each profession at 600 in the guild) before they can be purchased, and that achievement is not possible to complete until MoP is released.
As an extra note he’s also got some details on the new Monk staff heirloom too – the Burnished Warden Staff. It’s a staff built for Agility dps and tanks, which smells like Monk to me. It is also available from the vendors as of patch 5.0.4 – its in game folks. It appears to only be useful up to level 80 though, and imho its darn ugly. An Obsidium Bladespear might be nicer looking for levels 80+.
All I need now is a sufficiently clever Panda Monk name… Great work Psy!
(edited to fix some errors in the information, thank you to Gen and Bristal for the comments)
Ah what a good rumor – so much so I hope its true. Psynister Notebook is blogging that their will be new heirloom rings and legs added as part of the Darkmoon Fair. He has already written a comprehensive guide to heirloom items, and with these our alts and twinks should be even better geared. Or is that overgeared?
New Rings and Legs for 1-85 are most welcome. I couldn’t see the declaration specifically in the Wowhead post he’s referenced, but there are links to Rings and Legs within Wowhead, so it is not beyond the call at all (eg. New Tanking Legs). Far more likely than the next expansion being based upon Pandas at the very least.
Do we have enough Heirloom gear now though?
A typical character can be outfitted already in a brutally powerful set of items, to the point where they are typically well above the power of a character not using them. Now I don’t have an issue with this at all, but wonder if the plan is to eventually give us a full Heirloom set that is a matched style and function. Boots, bracers, added in, and then revise (or upgrade / trade-in) the older heirlooms to function from 1 to Max level.
I’d personally love to see it, and think that the slow addition of extra gear is another way we’re being encouraged to stay in the game. It is not a bad strategy – don’t over nurf the content or XP too much, but instead offer players a tool to accelerate through the content should they choose to. No free levels, but certainly fast levels.
It just remains to question what the currency for the heirlooms will be. I hope it stays as Justice points, but could see those pesky darkmoon tokens being used too.
I’ll be reading the patch notes specifically for that now.
Psynister has written a fantastic guide to the heirlooms now available since in the patch 4.1 update. If you’re hunting for a comprehensive, well written guide you must review this. It includes enchants, selection by armour type and role, trinket selection, and links to the items in question.
Wrath will introduce Heirloom items, which are items which bind to your account (BtA) and scale with the level of the toon using them. This is flat out fantastic. What this means is that once you have one this item can be traded amongst any of your characters, which is fantastic for leveling alts.
Linkage as proof is wowinsider, some examples, and another list on MMO Champion.
What is not clear yet is where these come from. Initially it looks like these will be badge gear, but to me the items we already have should be on the list too.
If you already have the Shoulders from Herod, then these should just get turned into an Hierloom item after the patch.
What is totally strange is that the Shoulder items will increase the XP you get too. I don’t get it, but I love it.
I mentioned back in June that BtA items would be a good move, and adding the name heirloom gives them a real tang of flavour and a reason to be. Furthermore having the items scale is brilliant.
Yes, there will be many toons running around wearing the same gear as they will have Hierlooms on; but thats not a bad thing. You know those toons are Alts and can make a guess that the player may actually know more than how to Cyber in Goldshire.