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9-28-2011 @ 4:03PM
My guess? Ease the shock of leveling new characters when they go from Wrath-->Cata content. Those first few quests when you get to Hyjal/Vash'jir can be rocky if you're in leveling gear from Wrath.
9-28-2011 @ 4:10PM
Indeed. There's a huge jump between Wrath quest greens & blues and Cata quest greens.
9-28-2011 @ 4:11PM
Completely. I don't dare set foot in Cata content on new alts until I've scrounged all I can from the AH. The quests were great and balanced at 80 on my Wrath toons in 232/251 gear. On a character in Wrath greens, some of which are still from level 75-ish? Yeah. Ow my face. Over and over ow my face.
9-28-2011 @ 4:13PM
Hadn't thought of that... I went from ICC gear into Cata zones and haven't gotten an alt high enough to have the transition from leveling Wrath gear to leveling Cata. It wasn't bad in raid gear - guess it hurts more in quest gear :)
9-28-2011 @ 4:30PM
@Caliea:Yeah. It hurts.A lot.
9-28-2011 @ 4:34PM
I've only taken one toon right from Wrath questing to Cata questing and I didn't have too much trouble. Course that was an Atonement spec Disc Priest, and I think I mixed in BGs as well to ease the leveling process.
9-28-2011 @ 4:35PM
It's nice that there maybe will be an option to get them. If it can't be earned from 75-80 though it's a complete waste. doing the first 4-5 quests sets you up pretty good when you get to Hyjal/Vashj'ir. Most toons should have 4-5kg by the time they hit 80 unless you buy 280% flying. Plenty enough to buy a couple cata greens.
I had a problem on my Rogue just last night due to "Holy crap, my gear is freaking old!" issues.However, it only lasted until I swapped over to Assassination from Subtlety... then it was all good again.That being said: Anything that helps people ease into the new content (without having to swap specs) is greatly appreciated... you know, for when my next alt rears its ugly head.
9-28-2011 @ 4:37PM
I guess there is a "shock" if that means you can't chain pull mobs without regenning. Having leveled a mage and a rogue straight through Wrath content and Cata content without optimizing, it was completely doable but just a bit slower.
9-28-2011 @ 4:39PM
9-28-2011 @ 5:04PM
I went from NR to Cataclysm in quest greens with little to no problem at all.The problem is is that everything up until then is far far too easy and a lot of players have no idea how to actually play their class.
9-28-2011 @ 5:16PM
Another thing this will hopefully fix is the lack of ilevel on heirlooms that prevents you from geting in dungeons once you hit 80.
9-28-2011 @ 5:19PM
This is what I was going to say too. Questing in ilevel 178 quest greens? It was nearly ok on my warlock, but I was glad to have raid gear on my pally and priest.
9-28-2011 @ 5:36PM
Rolly sums it up perfectly. If you're willing to go slow enough and actually know how to play your class, you can kill things naked/ in white gear.
9-28-2011 @ 6:43PM
I'm kinda surprised they aren't slightly higher than 232, but it will be helpful I guess, but I'd still get the lvl 78-80 greens as they still have 40+ item levels on that gear. I'd rather buy the greens rather than make them unless the character I'm levelling has the profession... 232 doesn't seem high enough to me.
9-28-2011 @ 6:52PM
I thought that was the point of Cata greens requiring lvl 79ish. Am I in a minority that 300g, a couple Wrath heroics and I'm more than geared to start Cata content?
9-28-2011 @ 7:09PM
Speaking as someone who has leveled characters using both Recruit a Friend (back when max level was 60) and heirlooms, my guess is this is a way for new 80s (that have leveled using either of the previsouly mentioned methods) to quickly get gear needed to survive Cata starting content. I know I hit a wall when I dinged the max level for RAF and heirlkoom scaling, and the wall was due to wholly inadequate gear.
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