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5-01-2007 @ 4:50PM
The sets are not overpowered. T4/5 are UNDERPOWERED. It's not a matter of the itemlevels, it's a matter of item budget allocation. Blizzard's item designers are spending item budget on stats that players simply do not want. If the item budget for T4/5 were reallocated in such as way as to correlate with the way players actually play their classes, then the T4, with an equal item level to the crafter sets, would be of an equal degree of power, while T5, with an item level higher by 15, would be significantly better. Instead, blizzard's item designers have loaded up T4/5 with things players do not want. Crit for a shadow priest? Dodge on the rogue shoulders? Tons of mp/5 for hunters? Are the item designers even playing the game, or are they just making stat selections by throwing darts at a board?Let's look at warlock sets. T4, Voidheart, is dripping with spell crit rating. Affliction warlocks, which make up the majority of raiding warlocks at this point, don't want crit. We want spell damage, and maybe some spell hit. It's also loaded with stam, and int. Stats are nice, but the degree of stam this set brings is more suited to PvP, and the int would be better suited to a class that can't turn life into mana. It's a clear case of a misspent item budget. T5 is the same way - tons of crit, lots of stats, not enough damage. The fix to this issue is not a item level buff, it's a re-budgeting of how the item budget is spent. Blizzard needs to actually observe the ways in which players play this game, and use those observations to make T4 and T5 more alluring.
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