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9-21-2010 @ 4:03PM
If that is the minimum to get into the heroics the gear will be better than that. Either higher iLevel blue or same iLevel but purples. I wonder if it will be like initial Wrath heroics where the early bosses dropped blues and the final boss dropped purples.
9-21-2010 @ 4:27PM
Take a look at MMO-Champion's list of crafted gear... iLevel 359 are the epics in Blacksmithing anyway. That tells me that 359 is the iLevel of blues and purples dropped in Heroics and possibly even the first tier of raiding (so long as the pattern is the same as that in Wrath).
9-21-2010 @ 5:26PM
Given the dev's stated goal to have players gear up in heroics before hitting raids, there's no way the gear from raids won't be a tier past the stuff from heroics.With 333s as the designed entry level for heroics, it's not unlikely that the heroics will drop 346s (possibly all blues; maybe purples off the end boss), with the crafted epics matching the first raid tier at 359. The usual tuning is for an instance to require gear one tier (13 item Levels) below what drops.
9-21-2010 @ 5:49PM
If memory serves......there was a blue post stating something along the lines that heroics would drop no purples in order to keep purple gear "special" -- either grind it out in with farming rep or raids or farming mats. *shrug* Apparently we'll be doing our first raids in Blue gear from heroics.
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