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2-01-2012 @ 9:11AM
A few comments: I agree with what many have said – it seems to me that Blizz “throttling” gear accumulation the way they did in early Cata was reasonable. People were working on their mains, and it makes sense to me that when you’re first plowing through content, it should be somewhat challenging. Now, as we’re several tiers in, they’ve made it easier to gear up to the level that you need to get into the new dungeons, as well as into LFR (and even raids). I think the assumption here is that most people are sitting on one geared toon from 4.2, and so they’ll provide a way for someone to get their alts up to snuff so they have options for how to experience the end of expansion content. If we’re going to sit on patch 4.3 content for 6 months, people better be able to get their alts geared so they can experience the same old content in new and different ways, or they’ll be off to greener pastures. As for how you gear so fast? For me, I’d get with my raid group, let them know I’m looking to gear up a lower ilevel alt, and they’d hop on their mains and 4.5 man it through some twi-roics. They really are easy enough that you can 4 man them with raid geared toons. With 378s dropping out of those instances, as well as the JP you get to buy 378s from the vendor to fill in the gap (including tier 12 pieces) and you’ll be getting VP to boot… You’ll be in the mid-370s in no time. For those that don’t have groups of friends willing to do this, I’d imagine it could be a bit more difficult, but still not terrible. But – you will find yourself running (pugging – shudder!) through the original cata and troll heroics, which can be a bit more challenging, and won’t offer as accelerated a gearing curve.
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