So last post seems to have become a sort of center for massive controversy and a great deal of debate.
However, an alarming number of comments have either misinterpreted the original post (as in the case of Bellwether) or my words have been twisted so as to be completely unrecognizable (as in the case of Garret).
So let’s try this again, shall we? Set the record straight and all that.
Don’t worry if you misunderstood me, it’s not your fault. As a blogger, it’s my job – well, hobby, technically – to communicate effectively and clearly. If my points were taken the wrong way, it’s nobody’s fault but mine.
There are plenty of arguments that can be leveled at the Emblem of Conquest change. Things like “this change will ruin character progression” or “this will encourage players to skip content entirely” are legitimate issues.
The post was not directed at those holding that opinion. The post was not directed at everyone who has an issue with the Emblem change.
The post was directed at a specific set of people who have an issue with the change, an attitude that was summarized best by occam99:
Funnily enough, the people who have that attitude ARE the ones who feel that they should be worshipped for their gear…and that’s what this is all about. “Hey, I have T8.5. Obviously I’m a better person than you, which means that you don’t deserve what I have”.
It is ass-backwards, and supported by the fact that in WoW, we are all anonymous. If someone says to me, “I have a Jaguar and you don’t, therefore I am better than you, thus you don’t deserve the same things as me”, I’m gonna punch him in the throat.
It’s THAT kind of raider the last post was leveled at.
If you are NOT that kind of person, then that last post wasn’t directed at you.
Is that clearer now?
Alert readers will notice that there were two things missing from the last post:
- Any mention of Emblem’s of Triumph
- My actual, personal opinion on the matter
There was nothing in the last post about whether the emblem change is good or bad, merely that in the long run it won’t really change anything.
I’m ambivalent on the Emblem change. To actually get all the gear available from these badges will take a huge amount of effort.
Sure, you can get a bunch of pieces in four days, but you’d have to run every heroic each of those days. Who the hell has that kind of time?
To get every piece of gear possible from this change, it will take the average player weeks, if not months, to pick them all up. For the average player, all this will effectively do is act as a slot filling mechanic. You run Naxx for a few weeks, pick up some epics, but gosh darn it those pants won’t drop!
Whatever, just spend those badges, grab the pants and move on.
It’s also somewhat interesting that Blizzard is introducing a mini-gear reset in the middle of an expansion. Can we expect this to continue? Is Wrath going to be the last major expansion, and from now on we just have large patches, introducing new quests/raid content, complete with a miniature gear reset?
Do I ever have a bone to pick with this Emblem change.
Remember how I was talking about how this system works just like it does with PvP gear? It gets a lot easier to grab the good gear, but it isn’t the best gear. To get the best, current gear, you need to be on the bleeding edge.
All a system like this does is give you the chance to not fall behind.
But then, there’s this whole Emblem of Triumph thing being available for completing the daily heroic quests. (Note that these emblems are awarded for both the “kill the final boss” quests and Timear’s “kill X thingies” quests.)
This… doesn’t make sense to me.
Awarding “last season” raiding gear for easy stuff makes sense. I’ve iterated why this post and last.
But awarding current season raiding gear for the same (relatively) easy content?
That, to me, is fundamentally wrong.
Though it may be irrelevant, as if you aren’t running the highest level content, those emblems are going to accrue really slowly.
I hope all that is a little clearer now. If not, I’m really struggling to find new ways to say the same thing. D:
I’m also getting really tired with this whole “WoW is EASY” thing. WoW is NOT easy. It’s more accessible, friendly, and easier than other MMOs on the markets, but it is not easy.
As I said in a comment last post, it took Ensidia two hundred and four tries to down the game’s hardest content. That is not indicative of an easy game.
You think heroics are easier? Try running Old Kingdom or Azjol’Nerub with a tank who hasn’t been there. Have fun wiping in Violet Hold when you get Erekem and a DPS that doesn’t understand “don’t DPS the adds!”
God forbid you have a new group and Xevozz.
Oh yeah, and Emalon is an absolute blast with a tank who hasn’t done the fight before, to say nothing of a DPS that hasn’t been there before.
In terms of straight up difficulty, WoW is not any easier. The amount of trash in a given instance is significantly lower, and of course attunements have been removed. All the tedious things have been removed from the game to make the game less time consuming and more accessible.
WoW is just as hard as it has ever been.
Problem is, the player base has not maintained the same level of skill.
Did you really think your skills would be at exactly the same level now as they were then?
Did you really expect a heroic instance to challenge you when you cleared SSC last expansion, let alone BT?
Did you really expect this expansion’s version of Karazhan to challenge you when you could clear last expansion’s in two hours?