I agree with 90% of this... the few things I don't are too winded to really elaborate on... But people will still complain... people will find loopholes in the system... That's how it works... you can't please everyone... and there's always going to be that "cheap move" that nobody anticipates. I look forward to WoW's future despite this and will stick around until I find something else to distract me.
I have 2 questios to all this the first one is that if there will be a valor reset/conversion when this patch hits the servers and which ilvl we should have to run normal mode of siege of orgrimmar on the idea that not every one has heroic gear from Tot
I think 528 is a good number for LFR. Remember, they are going under the assumption that players will upgrade their gear, and so current LFR/HS/Rep gear upgrades to only 530 on the top end rep gear, whereas the new LFR will upgrade to 536. That's a decent upgrade. The issue is, they have created so many levels of raiding to accommodate casuals that they have to manage the gear spread in a smart way. I'm not against additional raid levels per se, but they do put quite a bit of effort into making it easier for people who can't invest time into the game to get gear. I don't think it takes an elite player to do Normal or Heroic raiding. I've seen vids of ToT Heroic boss kills, 10 Man, and the bottom end dps were doing =/<100k DPS, and the rest of the group definately wasn't doing 250k+. I think if people just take the time and really put an effort into honing their skills (proving grounds, anyone?), more people can do Normal/Heroic raiding. If you don't have time to do that, you probably are playing the wrong game. RPGs are supposed to take time to get the best stuff. We hear all the time of people saying things like "I'm in med school and can only play 2 hours a week and since I'm paying a subscription, I should get stuff". Blizzard has heard these cries and nerf the game constantly to accommodate those players. Of course, raiding is not a requirement. If you just want to do dailies and maybe do some crafting, play the AH, etc. that's great. There are plenty of other things to do in the game. Just remember, Flex/LFR were created to make raids accessible to more people, while maintaining normal and Heroic raiding, so these higher raid levels have to keep a significant gear advantage over Flex/LFR, and they also had to make Flex/LFR gear an upgrade to those players...I think they've done pretty well.
is there going to be a way for non raiders to gear up? like we have heroic scenarios now?
Agree with whats being said above, on the face of it 502 to 528 is a good jump. However the lack of Valor gear/HC scenario gear which currently occupies everything other than tier pieces will make the jump minimal for LFR players.I doubt people will jump into flex from lfr, think its more likely normal players may use that as a means of getting around numbers in guild etc.Flex has screwed lfr really because if it wasn't there then lfr could be higher, maybe 538.Think they need to bump LFR up further or bring back valor vendors for 5.4 otherwise it wont have much longevity to the casual player. The other alternative is to amend upgrades, either let players upgrade an item more than twice, say 4 times. Or make the upgrades greater. Without Valor gear there needs to be somewhere to spend the valor so i think increasing the number of upgrades is a good way to go.
ilv 528 must be a joke or its just another mistake from blizz... as usual.where you see meaningful you must read negligible
In reality, this is no different than what Blizzard has been doing all along, and all people are getting upset about is the blue post's choice of words./heavysigh