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5-09-2010 @ 4:30PM
Those 10-mans were only low-competition because the other (non-hybrid) classes were also running both 10 and 25, so within a few weeks they had all the gear they could want out of 10-man and/or better 25-man equivalents.Is it going to take longer for hybrids to gear off-sets? Yes, but I don't think we'll notice it... It'll take us longer to gear our main-sets too, and it'll be taking everyone else longer as well.Personally I think this is a good thing. I don't believe this current "lull" is really pre-expansion burnout, but a "geared-out" burnout. Our rate of getting geared up in ICC has outpaced our progression, so it's gotten incredibly easy to become impatient when, say, our healers can't figure out where to stand on the air phase in Blood Queen.I think if it takes a bit longer in Cataclysm to gear up within the current tier of content, we'll have a bit more incentive to actually spend time on that content.Regarding Mastery, while I somewhat agree with Shade that it won't prevent individuals from rolling on incorrect armor classes, I do believe it will create added pressure at the group level. I expect some groups will forbid rolling outside of your armor class, whereas they might have allowed it in Wrath.
5-10-2010 @ 12:04PM
Well, the now 15% Buff doesn't hurt either...So getting geared out also depends on what week it is and the buff you get in that week.Next week it might grow to 20%, you never know...Well that's a lie. MMO-Champion will find someway or someone to hack Blizzard to get information. SHAME!!!
5-10-2010 @ 12:44PM
That doesn't really matter though. I was more or less geared to where I needed to be even before the 5% buff. And that was even with a lot of guild-hopping and server transferring going on. I have spent most of the time in ICC not waiting for gear but for my groups to get their act together. And now I'm not raiding, not because of Cataclysm but because of impatience for people with gear and no skill.Kara in BC was nice. I learned and grew as a noob raider and watched others do the same. Our gear was a limiting factor so it didn't feel like we were holding each other back. I hope we can return to that feeling in Cata.
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