Gear that is!
WoLK is approaching and our hard earned level 70 epics will soon be worth nothing bu the price of a shard, or small vendor change.
Arguments are erupting across the Blogsphere over “welfare epics”, whether PvE via badges or PvP via honor.
Is it worth running Kara week in week out, hitting every daily heroic to pickup the badges to buy the gear to run the raids that had the gear that isn’t as good as the gear you just bought with your badges?
Or, if you are like me and so many others, is it worth busting a gut (yeah Taurens get two) to get the badge gear so you can run the 10 man raids, or heroic instances (maybe saving 5 minutes and a wipe off the run)?
Is it worth the PvP vs. PvE rants about who deserves the gear, and if so what level of effort should be required to overuber the epeen?
I don’t know the answers I must admit (Much better at asking stupid questions than providing intelligent answers), but I must admit I feel like a rat (although some rats are bigger) on the proverbial Blizzard treadmill.
I want the gear, don’t get me wrong
I want the gear, don’t get me wrong. I am prepared to pore over spreadsheets and theory crafting forums for hours, but I don’t need the gear – theoretically I am already geared past my current (and most likely future) progression point.
In fact I wonder whether my efforts to do uber dps are becoming a constraint – am I out gearing our part-time tank? is being able to go all out for 30 seconds, then nick off to make a coffee while my aggro drops back below the tank, a limitation rather than an advantage?
I begin to wonder now, while others ponder preparations for WoLK (links below), whether I would be better off adopting a more casual attitude to go with my casual play times. Maybe spend 1-2 hours thinking about WoW outside of the game, rather than spending the rest of the week on it.
It occurred to me while reading about other’s WoLK preparations that (assuming it is released anywhere from Nov-Jan) I will be overseas, backpacking my Wife and Son around India. So even when I do return to WoW (and find the post-trip money to buy the expansion), I will potentially be 2 months behind my mates in gathering gear, reputation, levels, instances and raids.
What will my badge, honor and reputation gear grinding have amounted to then? Nothing!?!
I might as well spend the next few months grinding the Auction House
I might as well spend the next few months grinding the Auction House, so I can afford to buy myself a new set of gear every level, upgrade my enchanting and tailoring to level 450 (or whatever it is). buy my new (but for everyone else passe) mount(s).
I guess in reality, as long as I enjoy the methods for collecting the loot (or loot currency), I might as well keep on playing. Not for the loot, but for the experience – a less Loot-Whoring, more Fun-Whoring attitude.
How do you feel about this? If Blizzard released a new set of “T6” equivalent gear tomorrow, for little more than the current badge cost – would you hardcore badge collect, or just make do until the 1st set of WoLK T7 gear comes to the market?
On a side note, does anyone know if the current badges + honor will have any value in WoLK? Would someone be better off hoarding badges for the release, or will Blizzard introduce a new loot currency. eg: platinum ice shards?
Tell me please..
- Time to relax, or rev up?
- Time to change forms to a squirrel, or though my not-considerable gnome weight (and wealth) about?
Gnomer and Out!
Other People preparing for WoLK (or not) (OK I haven’t read all these… didn’t realise there were so many until right now):
- Pink Pigtail Inn
- 35 Yards Out
- Cenarion Labs
- Hots n Dots
- Be Nameless : The Ant and the Grasshopper and Reroll for the end is at hand
- Digital Angels Online
- Resto 4 Life
- Awls Thicket
- Mama Druid
- For Teh Fite
- Azeroth Is Burning
- Destructive Reach
- Raid Hunter
- Naissa’s Rage
- Casual Addict
- Eye for An Eye
- Too Many Annas
- For the Horde