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6-09-2008 @ 3:49PM
The current Alpha build has no items with +healing. From what I gather it's all unified under a stat called spell power.A lot of people might say this homogenizes gear, but I think it'll do just the opposite. It'll allow Blizzard to have more options for drops.Ele/Resto Shaman will have twice as many potential options for gear. The more Resto oriented mail won't be as nice for DPS as the Ele oriented mail and vice versa, but it will certainly make filling slots significantly easier.Prot/Holy Paladins will have more options as well for the similar reasons. Holy Paladins can always pick up Ele and Resto mail, while Prot Paladins can nab some high spell power plate more easily, though they may have to balance it with other plate sporting pure tanking stats.Meanwhile, all the clothies will have a large pool of varied items to pick and choose from, or settle for second best rather than fanatically hope for that one drop.All in all, it will make getting a useful drop easier even though it'll make juggling gear options more complicated.Although now I wonder what potential changes they may have in store for tanking/physical DPS.
6-09-2008 @ 4:35PM
The big push for shorter loot lists and homogenized gear & classes continues.We've all been there, gnashing our teeth and swearing at the screen, thousandth run of something and the drop still doesn't come. It sucks. Getting all the gear you need from everything you run near guaranteed isn't much better. The earlier you max out the more quickly you'll get bored. Sure, a clothie being able to ding 70 and immediately craft t5 quality gear is fun...until months later you're in t5, still not to the first boss to drop an upgrade, and you're so sick of those crafted shoulders it's tempting to raid the toon naked.WoW is many things, but one of the big parts is loot collecting. It's sometimes more fun to get the rare one, sometimes more fun to get the one with the oddball stats, some the best-in-slot (Ritssyn's Lost Pendant is all three...but see shoulders above).
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