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7-07-2008 @ 2:44AM
The biggest difference between Outland and Wrath will be the gear.When outland came out people were replacing greens for epics. there was such a huge jump in gear that anyone new playing the game leveling an alt would have been foolish to go out and farm any type of gear from Stratholme, scholomance, Dire Maul etc. All you had to do was those first few quests in outland at level 58 and you already had amazing gear compared to those instances.The question is, and I think it has been answered already, will the same thing happen in Wrath. From what I know, it won't, the gear you have now, in outland, if it's epic, it's going to last you a lot longer than your epics did when outland came out. So in saying that, for just the pure enjoyment of the game, it might be worth doing Tempest Keep, Heroic Hellfire etc.What I kind of wonder is will it be worth grinding an epic flying mount at level 70, you won't be able to use it in Wrath till level 78 or so.And what will happen to all those dailies? I hope the fishing gets extended to Wrath.
7-07-2008 @ 3:06AM
That's what they said and yet I've seen screenshots from the alpha (granted it's only alpha) of level 71 blue 1H weaps with 103 dps on them...so it looks like T4 and T5 gear (or at least the weapons) will be replaced just as quickly as my Necklace of Hakkar was on my first run through Ramparts =P However, I really hope they change this before Wrath is released. I think T5/ZA/2.3 badge gear should last until at least level 75 or so, not level 71 =(
7-07-2008 @ 3:22AM
I have read what they have said about gear in the expac. Bornakk said you will not be replacing season 4 with greens from the first zone. I noticed he did not say T4. I suspect that the level 70 greens will be about T5 in quality. There are three reasons for this. First season 2 is on the honor vendor right now and that is about the same as T5 but with PVP Stats. The gear is however great for questing and farming still. Second, a character leveled after BC will go straight to Northrend at 68. If he/she cannot get gear there equal to what most people had at the time of the release, then they will have an impossible time leveling. If the area is tuned for people in BC blues and greens then those of us geared out now will find it trivial. Finally, Blizzard wants to sell copies of the expac. They will want the content (read:gear) to be so awesome that people will run out and buy it just like they did BC. I remember when BC came out, I knew several people that said they were not going to bother. That was until they saw the greens on the AH from Hellfire. Now those in T6/S4 will get to wear those shiny purples for a while. However, at some point they will be outdated by blues and greens. To sum up my argument, a person can easily hit 70 in Nagrand or Blades Edge. It takes weeks to gear up a new 70 in dungeon blues, then even longer to epic out. People follow the path of least resistance and just like now they will go get the easy quest rewards in Northrend rather than fight the RNG in level 70 BC instances.
7-07-2008 @ 5:24AM
Surely outlands epics will last longer, but I don't think many people at 68-70 will farm hundreds of badges, run X times a heroic or farm gazillions of primals to get some item, when they could instead get similar gear just levelling to ~75 in new content.
7-07-2008 @ 11:13AM
Reading what they say is fine. Seeing screenshots of a blue 2H sword with 140 DPS that requires only level 75 puts the lie to their words. BT/MH will get you to 75-76, SWP will get you to 77-78 maybe, but no one is going into Naxx in lvl 70 gear.
7-07-2008 @ 2:33PM
It also depends on the class. If you are a tanking Druid, then there isn't anything worth the time getting until T6 that is significantly better than crafted 70's blues. Might as well skip the low reward to effort random drops from 25 man trash mobs and head straight to Northrend where you will probably be able to kill 1/4 of a pig and get something better.
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