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11-04-2011 @ 4:24PM
Talia, it wouldn't work exactly like that. Item Squish is basically just cutting out all the ilvl jumps in previous raid/season tiers, since they're no longer relevant. Please excuse me while I got into bullet point mode...A) Molten Core mobs probably won't be scaled down because they're the first raid tier. BWL and AQ mobs might be scaled down closer to MC levels. The gear from all these raids, however, WOULD be scaled down closer to MC levels.B) All BC mobs - from Hellfire Peninsula to Kil'jaeden - would need to be adjusted so that the power curve continues from the start of Vanilla's raid levels, as opposed to the end of Vanilla's raid levels (although in this scenario, the end would be the same, or close to, the beginning...but nevermind that). Further, all later raids might be scaled down closer to the beginner raids.C) All Wrath mobs - from Borean Tundra to the Lich King - would need to be adjusted so they start from BC's newly adjusted beginner raids. Further, all Wrath raids might be scaled down to Naxxramas levels.D) So on and so forth.The main thing to take away from here is that, while most raids WILL be scaled down, your relative power level will be much closer to these old raid bosses than before the squish. The giant jumps between each expansion would no longer exist, which Figure 5 illustrates very well. Cata gear would only give you 2x - 3x the required ilvl to defeat Ragnaros (with a raid), compared to today's 7x - 8x the required ilvl.
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