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Gallery: Tier 9 Mighty Battle
Filed under: The Daily Quest
After doing some digging in Patch 3.2's latest PTR files, I've assembled a gallery of the new Horde Tier 9 plate sets. The shoulders are slightly unfinished, or at least looked like they were in WoW Model Viewer. The gallery includes Death Knight, Warrior, and Paladin themed sets. In a move that bodes well for Alliance mail armor, the Horde Paladin sets are blood elf themed, so we'll see how that goes for our Draenei Shaman friends (read: me).
I'm not too upset about the looks, myself. They look very Horde, even if the helm screams "Onslaught", and the colors are quite different for each class -- even more so than on the Alliance plate pieces.
Have a gander and enjoy! I'll dig through every new PTR patch that comes out looking for the Horde cloth and Alliance mail and leather sets, so keep your eyes open for updates here.
Gallery: Tier 9 Horde Plate
Gallery: Blizzard's Tier 9 Preview
I had concerns when Blizzard first announced the way bosses would be unlocked in Patch 3.2's new raid instance, the Argent Coliseum. Blizzard has announced that while the first boss is available immediately, other bosses will be unlocked week-by-week. It's not the first time an artificial barrier has been put up for raid progression -- hello Sunwell -- so I guess I'm not shocked by it, but progression wasn't really what I was concerned about.
In our current raiding system, each boss drops a pre-determined set of loot. Some bosses drop a token which can be turned in for a piece of armor matching that particular slot, and the boss will always drop this same slot token. Thorim will always drop a shoulder token in Ulduar 10, for example.
So the issue is, with the Coliseum officially being our new tier of raiding, with gear that far outclasses Ulduar gear, and with the Coliseum bosses being unlocked each week, it means that players could get screwed out of upgrades. Your chestpiece might not be the greatest, so if you were looking forward to upgrading it, you'd be pretty crushed to find out that the T9 chest token only drops off of the final Coliseum boss -- which will only be available (at best) a month or (at worst) several weeks more than that due to RNG.
It turns out that Blizzard was thinking the same thing I was. That's why, with 3.2, Coliseum bosses all drop one of three universal armor tokens -- the Regalia of the Grand Protector, Vanquisher, or Conqueror.
The Patch 3.2 PTR has been updated to a new build, and the set bonuses for many Tier 9 sets have been changed or updated. In the update, they made the priest set bonuses not terrible! And the updated Elemental shaman ones aren't terrible now either!
I guess the feedback from the threads Ghostcrawler posted has been going to good use. But don't forget -- if you're still unsatisfied, say so on the proper forums and make your voice heard.
Otherwise, check 'em out below! Thanks to WOTLKWiki.info for mining these so quickly.
Filed under: Patches
|Faction-specific but sharing models across armor type||431 (4.7%)|
|Class-specific but completely different models for each class||3044 (33.0%)|
|Faction-neutral and sharing models across armor type (ala Sunwell)||116 (1.3%)|
|Faction-specific and class-specific, where each class from either faction has a totally unique model||5148 (55.9%)|
|I want to be able to make my twill set look like Tier 9 and vice versa...||478 (5.2%)|
Gallery: Tier 9 Collected Sets
|Call to Arms: Strand of the Ancients||3/7 - 3/10|
|Call to Arms: Deepwind Gorge||3/11 - 3/13|
|Call to Arms: Isle of Conquest||3/14 - 3/17|
|Call to Arms: Arathi Basin||3/18 - 3/20|
|Call to Arms: The Battle for Gilneas||3/21 - 3/24|
|Call to Arms: Eye of the Storm||3/25 - 3/27|
|Call to Arms: Twin Peaks||3/28 - 3/31|
|Call to Arms: Alterac Valley||4/1 - 4/3|
|Call to Arms: Silvershard Mines||4/4 - 4/8|
|Darkmoon Faire||4/6 - 4/13|
|Call to Arms: Warsong Gulch||4/8 - 4/11|