Jul 1st 2010 5:38PM While I think gear reset will happen, I don't think it will be as drastic as what people imagined. Again, this is pure speculation, but Blizz says that if you are fully equipped in T10 (and level 264 gear in other slots), you should be okay for the first raiding tier in Cata. Kinda like how T6 was good enough for Naxx 10.
But then you say, "what about the gear that we've seen so far?" Well, we don't know what blizz is going to do with the EXISTING gear. Kinda like when spellpower was first introduced, all +healing on gear were slashed. Maybe they are not going to re-itemize every single piece equipment, but do a blanket convert such as:
defense -> stam/dodge/parry (since we know there won't be any more defense on gear)
spellpower -> intellect
arPen -> AP / agility / strength (since we know there won't be any more arpen on gear)
mp5 -> spirit
And by the looks of it, it seems that they've lowered the "price" of stamina in the gear, so they might increase all stamina in the existing gear by a certain percentage. Who knows, if your mage stays in T10 gear, when Cata hits, he might suddenly have 70k hp and your warrior might suddenly have 100k.
Jul 1st 2010 5:22PM But it's been an ongoing pattern with the Disc tree as well, that the talents encourage you to Smite a lot during an encounter. Also the whole Chakhra mechanic in the Holy tree.
I just haven't checked druid and pally healing tree, but the fact that several trees already have a "you should dps while healing" talents, maybe Blizzard is on to something here..... Maybe the encounters in Cata will be designed with those in mind?
Jun 29th 2010 7:05PM I have trouble understanding this part:
Blizzard selling gold would create a huge problem for their relationship with China. First, it undermines what amounts to a Chinese export. Second, it forces a lot of Chinese out of work. Of course, they shouldn't be employed in this odd gray market in the first place, but it's there, it exists, and it is a fact of life.
Does it mean Blizzard condones the sweatshop, even if unofficially?
I thought that those gold farmers also resorted to methods such as hacking and stealing accounts, which in the end cost Blizzard much more money in the form of GM salary, character restoration costs, etc. By forcing those sweatshops out of business, Blizzard actually saves themselves some money, no?
Or, say, if one day Blizzard decides that an authenticator is mandatory (which isn't too implausible), then that's almost the same, no?
Jun 22nd 2010 12:15PM I'm sorry if this has been asked and answered before, and if I missed it, but how difficult is the fight itself? I am planning to tank him, and I am def-capped for heroics (535), but is there any fight gimmicks that I need to know?
Jun 15th 2010 10:48AM Actually if you have enough honor (which is very farmable these days), you can also buy the 245 cloak. It's got resilience, which is not as good as straight up defense but it also reduces your chance to be crit by boss.
And PVP gear tends to have more stamina in it than its PVE counterparts.... and guess what tanks love? Stamina.
Jun 14th 2010 6:36PM @Grovin's latest reply: pure win....
But seriously, to your original question, I think I've asked something similar a while ago and this is the answer that I've got: because that would make gearing up too predictable, and it's actually going AGAINST Blizzard's interest in keeping us playing. There's something in human psychology that somehow makes us want to keep playing when the path to gearing up is unpredictable, just like gambling. That's why raiding is so addictive, heck that's why MMORPG is so addictive.
That let down feeling "gah a drop that none of us can use, even is some of us could actually benefit from this item level gear from this boss" is precisely what makes us come back the very next week.
Imagine if you take a group of ICC geared folks to steamroll through Naxxramas, and even if the gear drops are all properly itemized, but because you all KNOW that none of you need any gear from there, that run would have been just for achievements / fun / a group of bored people etc. But if one of you can actually benefit from an iLevel 200 gear, then the whole group will still cross their fingers AT EVERY DROP hoping that the correct type of gear / itemization drops.
Jun 9th 2010 10:28AM Can you give us a sense of what kind of gear you have, and what kind of instances you were able to clear with that gear?
For example, if you have 5000 GS (which is doable without any raiding these days), can you clear H Ramparts or H Blood Furnace?
Jun 2nd 2010 8:02PM My personal feeling is that it's still a douche move. Put yourself in the position of others who see that kinda macro. Who's to say that he would be a judge of what's a troll and what's not? You can debate on this for ages but my gut reaction is that no, it doesn't sound very nice.
Maybe if you reword it more carefully like: we're here to win rah rah be patient don't pull aggro blah blah but if you troll you can be dam sure I will vote kick you.
May 24th 2010 8:34AM Back when TOC was "cutting-edge", we did TOC25 and we're at faction champs. I was told to switch to my pvp spec for CC duty, and mine was to chain interrupt one of their healers using my fel puppy. I was just setting up macro to do that on my focus, and when TESTING that macro, suddenly my fel puppy interpreted that as a command to attack my focus (which makes sense).
So you can imagine, we were in the middle of discussing the kill order after skull X and triangle, and then fel puppy ran to the pile of faction champs. Everyone was like WTH and the fight started. Needless to say we wiped but they're like "ok now that you know that your macro works, don't test it again..."