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11-17-2011 @ 2:10PM
Yeah, 5-mans are not as challenging as raids, but it's still disingenuous to say, "everyone can farm Heroics to get gear at or comparable to the top raid tier". First of all, weapon slots -- main hand, two-handers, and shields -- are not available at all from point vendors (except for the i346 blues). As far as I know, and I could be mistaken, this isn't changing in 4.3; I won't be getting an i373 shield for my tank from Valor points.Second of all, the top raid tier is always the Heroic version of a raid, which is itemized higher than the Normal version. No amount of 5-man dungeon runs can ever get anyone something with the same ilvl as a Heroic raid, and this is as it should be. Raids are bigger and more challenging, and this is why raiders will always get better gear, faster than non-raiders. If you raid, and are content to stick to raiding at a Normal level, then that's fine... you just want to see the dungeons and the bosses, and you're happy with what you get from that gear. But please, don't go complaining that non-raiders can get gear with the same ilvl as you if you don't want to step up to Heroic raids.Non-raiders deserve some form of progression, and I for one think that Blizz has hit it pretty damn close to the mark here. If you're serious enough about raiding to complain about non-raiders getting higher level gear, then you should be hitting Heroic Raids before a non-raider has more than one or two pieces of Valor point gear... in which case, you've already surpassed them, and really should have no complaint. If you're content to stay at a Normal level, but want your normal-level gear to still be super l33t and awesome... then answer me, who is actually the entitled one?
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