So recently an interview with Ghostcrawler that was posted on MMO-Champion revealed a lot of specific information on the upcoming Warcraft patch. Which included what to expect from the new 5 man dungeons leading into the raid to confront Deathwing, but also details on the Deathwing raid itself. He also indicated some additional details on the new legendary daggers, that’s right plural, the looking for raid tool, professions, valor points and raid drops. But one item stuck out more than others, T13 you would not be able to buy with valor points anymore. Many folks are upset over this it seems, however let me explain why this is a good thing.
For a long, long time, player status was determined by the gear they wore. You could immediately tell if someone defeated Ragnaros or Nef in vanilla WoW. Today, the only way to tell is if someone has the shoulders or helm for their set, but even so many times there is look a like gear that drops off bosses.
With the changes in T13 with tier loot only dropping off bosses, it brings back a bit of the mystique around boss kills and progression relative to your gear. I for one think this is a great change. I remember roaming Ironforge at level 60 and seeing people decked out in the gear they killed bosses and knowing, oh they killed Nef, oh they must have gotten C’Thun. Of course as I am saying this, Transmogrification is coming in the same patch and it won’t really matter that the tier pieces are dropping only from bosses. Though I agree with tier pieces from bosses only and using valor to buy filler gear.
One of the biggest gripes I had with vanilla was the ridiculousness of RNG for tier drops, and wished there was an acceptable way to get filler gear. When badges and points were first introduced I thought it was a great idea, hell I still do. But over time, the points and badges were having you buy gear that you almost didn’t even need to get, as the mirrored most (not all) of the gear you could simply get by running the raid. I am hoping that with 8 bosses, and Deathwing taking up bosses the last 2 boss spots, and only dropping weapons, you will probably not see the first boss drop tier gear, but after that tier pieces be a dropping. So I am hopeful that valor points will be used to purchase gear that is not necessarily going to drop in Dragon Soul and instead make it truly worthwhile to get those pieces you need to replace until you get your tier set.
I am curious how they are going to handle the token drops, as in a recent post they said they would be upping the drops in 10 man in comparison to 25 man, so does that mean that 10 mans will get 2 drops and 25s will get 3-4? I guess we will have to wait a bit longer to find out.
Overall though I like this change, I think it makes tier gear more relevant again since it can only be found on raid bosses. What are your thoughts? Are you for the change? Against it?