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6-01-2011 @ 4:23PM
This is an interesting design. Having Crystallized Firestones act as something that can upgrade pre-T12 gear allows people to gear up more quickly by completing heroic modes without having heroic modes drop more gear. Of course, it'll be interesting to see how effective this is. Will it be possible to defeat a Heroic T12 encounter without already being in at least Normal T12 gear? Is this change intended to help people upgrade from N/HT11 to HT12, or from NT12 to HT12?
6-01-2011 @ 4:26PM
To clarify, this will not upgrade T11-level gear to 391s. This will only upgrade certain level 378 gear to that level.Basically, there will be a list of Valor point items (not the current Valor items, which will then be justice items) and Firelands normal mode drops. These will be the items you'll be able to upgrade. :)
6-01-2011 @ 4:29PM
@ (cutaia)Ahh, that makes a lot more sense. Definitely an encouragement to try HT12, because someone will get an upgrade to an item slot they might not have as a tier-piece for or have an accessible replacement as a boss-drop.
6-01-2011 @ 4:38PM
It's BoP so it's going to be for someone on the run only. This means there will be endless fretting about what people leading PUGs or GDKP groups will do with them - and/or ninjaing.It seems that this is a VERY STRONG incentive from Blizzard for groups to not needlessly wipe on certain heroic mode bosses for upgrades when they can get a crystallized firestone for upgrades from an "easier" boss instead. I could also it it being used as a "consolation prize" to the poor guy who hasn't gotten an upgrade in a couple of weeks.Now the real question is (not that I'll be doing Firelands Heroic), how many will drop in 10/25?
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