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12-07-2009 @ 7:50PM
I like the idea of legendary items. Rare, awesome, nigh-impossible to get (while they're relevant at any rate.) weapons that require cooperation and time to get. They're an achievement (And not just the "Feat of Strength" variety) for the whole raid group/guild as much as its an achievement for the recipient. But by the same token, they're inevitably among the greatest drama engines ever devised. Few things can wreck a guild like legendary-level loot drama. Some of it comes from greed. Some of it comes from jealousy and even envy. It's hard to get such a large group of people to agree that person X is the person who should get the much-coveted orange-texted weapon of uber pwnage.Shadowmourne seems like it will come closer to the mark of fairness in distribution than many previous legendary items. Everyone (Everyone who is raiding Icecrown with some success at any rate.) capable of wielding it will have a fair chance of at least starting it while only the most dedicated raiders will get their glowing Frostmourne-esque axe.Something I'd like to see though, even if it can't be applied retroactively, is perhaps making a raid-wide achievement for being there when the legendary item is created/dropped. It occurs to me that some recognition should be given to the rest of the raid group. Without them to at the very least help kill the boss, no legendary would drop/be created for anyone. 'I helped someone toss a reforged mace into the maw of an Old God and all I got was this lousy achievement.' That kind of thing.
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