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11-03-2008 @ 6:07PM
Perhaps I'm the only one complaining, but I think the 'welfare epic handout' just before WotLK is rather stupid on Blizzard's part.Don't get me wrong, even my rather well-geared hunter (all in epic stuff from Gruul, Mag, Kara, and ZA) found the shoulder, pants, and gloves an upgrade and will wear them into Northrend.But earlier, when I'd ported him in the gear he had before into WotLK beta, the only thing he'd replaced by 75 was his gun (Wolfslayer's), and that wasn't really even an upgrade, it was a sidegrade to a cooler gun.So now with the welfare epics, we get to go through seven or eight levels (instead of six or seven) before we see stuff drop that might be interesting?Stupid, Blizz, really stupid. You're obsolescing all the green and blue drops in the first 4 zones of Northrend before people even GET there.That's almost as dumb as building an expansion without any thought to making all that endgame content you've just made obsolete (you know, like MC, BWL, AQ...) somehow relevant to new players, who will just rocket past all your hard work and never even SEE it.
11-03-2008 @ 6:35PM
Ever hear the phrase, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth?"You know the Scourge Invasion is a world event that will probably never occur again, right? Frankly, I'm glad they included some useful gear, even if it's mostly sub-T5 quality that most people won't get or won't use. (How many people did you see running around with the original Undead Slaying sets from 1.11?)The fact is that nobody forced you to go out and replace gear. If you didn't want to go get the new gear sets, then you shouldn't have.The blue drops were already obsolete to just about anyone who ever did any raiding (or not, I crafted by Frozen Shadoweave set well before I even hit 70), and the Blessed Undead Slaying sets aren't *that* great. They shouldn't last any longer than T4 or T5 gear.They're primarily slots that you won't be replacing early on, anyway. A lot of the blue rewards you get, in Howling Fjord, anyway, are for rings, necklaces, bracers, etc., not chest, gloves, pants, or shoulders.Also, believe it or not, people still run the old raids, especially now that there are achievements for doing it. My guild has run ZG, AQ40, and BWL in the last couple weeks, with an MC run scheduled for next Sunday.
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