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7-03-2009 @ 2:19PM
I have mixed feelings about this change. While it is nice that some more casual players will be able to get higher levels of gear without spending hours every night raiding, it will still take a little while of doing heroics and such to attain this level of gear. In all honesty, it seems like they would be better off raiding to speedily gear their characters, and do heroics and instances to supplement this.I think this is also Blizzards way of helping characters become geared in order to have a chance at the whole game. Before the removal of attunements, a very small percentage of the player base was able to experience end-game content. With so many millions of players, they probably want more than 1% to feel like they are getting everything they can from the game, content-wise. They started this with tuning WoTLK instances to be run more quickly, and I do appreciate that; as far as 5-mans go, compare Utgarde Pinnacle with the length of time it took to complete the dungeon crawl through Maraudon. Not everyone has time for that. In my opinion, the fun in WoW doesn't really start until end-game, so if you are not experiencing it, why are you playing the game? It is that conclusion that may have made Blizzard change things a bit to prevent account cancellations.I avoid PUGs most of the time, but when you go to one, quality control is paramount. In response to gear level/armory getting people into raids instances, all I can really say for the PUGs is "Bring the achievements, not the gear".
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