The friends that I have made in World of Warcraft know that I did not raid in the Burning Crusade Era — I was still reaching for the level cap for in the months leading up to the release of Wrath of the Lich King.
After leveling numerous (4) alts to 80, I’ve run a few BC 5-mans a decent amount of times, to find some blue item with a set bonus and others akin to a drop in other 5-man instances. They were the “entry” raid gear, and usually players would farm an entire set before confidently stepping into a raid environment and upgrading to Tier gear.
In Wrath of the Lich King, there was quite a bit less of that. You could easily farm heroics every day for epics and badges and gear up very quickly. There was little time between hitting level 80 and heading into Naxxramas for your first raid group.
I recalled hearing awhile ago Blizzard stating something on the matter, but I tossed it away as filler news. I was wrong.
…We do intend to make the gear requirements for Heroic dungeons a little less forgiving than they currently are in Wrath of the Lich King.
Continue on to read what else is coming up plus a look at what could be the next gear sets in Cataclysm.
Blizzard continued on the topic because of more QQ on the playerbase side for PvE changes coming in Cataclysm. The lovely Ghostcrawler followed up by posting on the hot issue of raid difficulty with Cataclysm’s shared loot tables and lockouts:
They will probably be unlocked very quickly, maybe after one clear, or maybe right from the beginning. We’re still working those logistics out. We held the LK ones back partially because we shipped that patch late in the year and didn’t want to ask players to raid their asses off over the holiday season. (Yeah, I know, more nanny state discussion ensues.)
I would also expect a little more gearing up from 85 quests / heroics / crafted materials before jumping right into the raids this time around.
This for sure quells my fears of content being fleshed out quicker than before. Blizzard is being genius and covering their bases here. They seem to realize the need for making Heroics feel truly heroic — and inherently necessary since they provide us with gear sets.
For those out there who remember endgame content in both Vanilla WoW and the Burning Crusade, you probably spent ridiculous amounts of time farming out one single item to hit what you needed for the current raid.
It looks like that time is coming again, and Heroics are no longer farmed for just badges points in Cataclysm. Ravenheart.eu datamined and posted some possible, but very likely Dungeon Sets that may be implemented in Cataclysm.
As a warning: These have not been confirmed as the real cloth sets, but look pretty legit and have been posted by a couple of others on MMO-Champion.
If this is to happen, I will be extremely excited. To me, it would make raiding all the more sweeter knowing that I had to work harder to even get into the raid. I personally wouldn’t mind if it took even 500 runs to get the pieces I want, because that’s what PvE is about, and that’s already happening today — just not to the point that it prevents me from raiding. I’m looking at you, Abyssal Rune.
Also, I like the idea that these images bring a more homogenized look to the style of the gear, yet still somehow keep a hint of what class they represent.
What do the readers think? Is this another way for Blizzard to slow down PvE, and make us “enjoy” the content? Would you also call it a great concept coming back from the ashes of Wrath? Or are you of the opinion that grinding for dungeon gear results in a more boring gameplay experience?