Every week, Shifting Perspectives is written by someone who is not me. Except for that one time. Rather an addictive experience, stealing this column. Does anyone even read the italicized portion at the top? Hello? Nobody? I'm just gonna sing. "My baloney has a first name, it's O-S-C-A-R, my baloney has a
[censored over copyright infringement] (ed.
just do the column, please).
While I sincerely hope the rumors about the patch hitting soon aren't true because I'm sitting on all of 43 badges of justice right now (g@^#(*% mother-expletive piece of $%^@ fire resistance set), I am forced to admit that the times may possibly have caught up with me. I confess that for a long time I hadn't even looked at the new badge loot that will become available ingame, partly because things have gotten markedly busier with my guild of late and partly because I'd planned my 2.3
badge acquisitions very carefully and wondered if I could get away with keeping myself somewhat unspoiled for 2.4
. That lasted until I found out just how expensive the 2.4 gear is actually going to be ("150 badges for a new weapon
, Zach? Are you @*(#&#% kidding me?"). Noble effort while it lasted, though.
Well, no more. If 2.4 does hit next week, I'm going to be ready to stand in front of the badge vendor and know exactly
what I can't afford to buy for all three specs.
This treatment looks exclusively at the new leather gear offerings available in 2.4 and assumes that you won't have access, or at least immediate access, to the new 25-man raid Sunwell Plateau
. For my part I am still using six -- count 'em, six -- pieces of badge gear for various tanking purposes in Tier 6 content, which either says a great deal about the general quality of badge gear or says a great deal about how bad feral itemization is in endgame content. I'll be magnanimous today and say it's both.
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