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7-24-2009 @ 1:25AM
The DK set was obvious. Trying to shoe in the paladin, warrior, and DK with all the same basic look meant one of the three was going to suffer. Note that the Paladin Hordeside was pretty awful. Alliance armor is pretty specific.Plate armor on is Paladin Armor. Warriors look okay and DKs look awful.Mail armor is hunter armor. Shaman got an ugly color and a kilt to distinguish it.Leather armor is a HORRIBLE combo of rogue and druid and neither looks good in it.Cloth armor is priest armor. Everyone else can be a nice, stuffy, caster.Horde side is different.Plate armor is DK armor. Paladins suffered while warriors did okay again.Mail is still hunter and getting vanilla wow tacked onto the shoulders didn't change it.Leather armor is druid armor. Rogues got to have a rough look to their armor, suffered.Cloth armor is warlock armor. Priests melt faces or look bad and mages go fire for burning things.Some classes will lend themselves very well to this set up. I would expect the Hunters to be pretty even, and shaman likely to be close. Horde DKs, locks, and druids should walk away with it in their match ups. Alliance priests and paladins should win and the rest should be close. I think the readers saw this inherent pattern. Your numbers don't match up quite the same way and I don't think it the bias is on the readers part. Pretty much everyone is sick of looking at arcane mages. They are all over Dalaran. The fire mage was a fresh direction. The druid set for alliance had nature loving shapeshifters in a corset with batman shoulders. You called it for them.Making a Alliance vs Horde thing out of this was a disservice. If anything the best article on this would have been looking at each armor category and judging how well they forced them to work for each class.
7-24-2009 @ 10:03AM
Best post yet, you summarize the looks really well.My personal opinion is that blizz moved their entire dev team to some other project. WotLK is one of the, if not the best selling games ever and what do we get in return? T3 all over again to pass as T7, T8 sets that look from average to BAD(thank god I see my t8 rogue helm from behind), and now, goddamned tier NINE, the ninth epic, supposedly hard to achieve set in this 4.5 year long game with looks that could only pass as acceptable on let's say, dungeon set 4. When blizz announced faction specific sets I expected to see a comeback in the looks of level 60 PvP gear, but what we got instead are some hastly designed flawed models that look as about as non-epic as they get. The only consolation to this entire mess is that I play horde and I won't be seeing on my chars paladin gear for death knights and warriors or a goddamn and on my ROGUE(for the people disagreeing with this, the game's name is still WARcraft, not barbie dressup).
7-24-2009 @ 1:57PM
Truth is, I'd rather see the armors that deserve to have been worn for their insane looks come back.I walked around Dalaran in 3 pieces of T5 with the Hyjal fist weapons and I had a ton of people whispering me asking where they could get it. When informed it was Shaman Tier 5 they could not believe that the armor was so much better looking than current ones.Faction specific armor would have worked very well if they hadn't made each type of armor be a single base type and slightly modified them.Heavy modification might have worked. But so much that certain aspects (corsets on druids) would have had to have been completely absent on some of them. This stuff looks like they altered the shoulders a little, added some extra bits of spikes/skulls.whatever and called it good. The end result is a design philosophy that harkens more to Games Workshop ("what should I put on this?" "Just add some skulls on the knees/shoulder plates.") and feels less like awesome armor.Tier 5 had some of the most gorgeous armor in the game. I'd rather they had redone it instead of this stuff. By the time those places were accessible to the common raider MH and BT were in place and they got skipped over past loot reaver for better or easier stuff.
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