I’m not one for whining about Blizzard’s changes, generally. I actually hate it when people complain that other people are going to have an easier time getting the same stuff as them. I don’t care how easy or hard others have it, what I care about is my own gameplay, and how it will be affected by the changes.
So I’ve taken some time to figure out how I really feel about these upcoming Emblem changes.
My overall opinion is that when you’re running Heroics you don’t need T8. When you’re running Naxx you don’t need T8. When a dungeon or raid gets too easy then you should move on to the next level. Not before, not after.
But I can understand some people just want to get their alts to the same level as their mains. Maybe they want to switch and don’t want to put in the overtime to catch up… I am not sure.
For my main, my Hunter, I don’t really care much about the Emblem stuff. When 3.2 comes out, chances are we will have cleared the non-hard modes of Ulduar 25 and will be working on hard modes, maybe even have a few of them down. It’s likely we’ll be moving on to the new raid when it comes out. We aren’t going to be forced to go back and farm Naxx for Emblems, although I can see this making our off-night raids a bit more popular.
The strange thing is, this patch is supposed to be aimed at ‘casuals’ and alts. Look! You can get the 2nd highest shinies by running Heroics! However, these changes make me quite sad when I think about my Paladin, who is just about to hit 80.
Will Ghugh ever get to see Ulduar? Doubt it. Because why would you run Ulduar when you can run Heroics and get the same gear? Which means if I wanted to raid with him, I’d have to jump from Heroics to T9 raiding.
And that scares me. What I like is progression, challenge. Doing Ulduar again on a new character in a different role will make it a whole new challenge for me, but I don’t think anyone will bother running it much when you can get half of your epics from doing Naxx Emblem runs.
All in all, I’m not pleased by these changes. I can’t know for sure what will happen, but if for some reason I decide to start raiding on my off-nights with my Paladin, he’ll be forced to skip content. And that is just not cool.
- Conclusion of the Account Ordeal
- The State of Raiding in Wrath
- How Ghugh Got His Groove Back
- (BTW, Ulduar is the porridge)
- Where has all the hit gear gone?