We Conquered and Now We Triumph
October 14, 2009 6 Comments
I’m sure most of us saw this coming, but in 3.3 everything that’s currently dropping Conqueror’s badges will now drop Triumph badges. Recked has a good analysis of the change, along with his thoughts. I won’t retool his thoughts here (you should read his post, imo), but I will answer the question he wrote at the end of the post: “What do YOU think?”
Overall, I think this change is both expected and good for the game. It’s expected, as Blizzard has been making the mainstream gear more accessible, while still reserving the best gear for those who can down the hardest content. I think it’s good for the game, especially raiding guilds, because it makes it easier to find an appropriately geared individual to fill any holes you have in your group.
Before I get nailed for that last comment, let me expand that thought. I’m not talking about taking a person out of LFG for your raid; I’m talking about guildies on and Alt, or newer recruits that you’ve help gear out to fill a spot. Basically, I’m talking about people whose capabilities you already know. A word of advice though, it is possible to find good people in LFG if you check both Achievements and gear. There’s an Acheivement section called statistics that will show you which bosses the player has downed, and how many times they’ve done it.
In his post, Recked makes a valid point that you can obtain a full tiered set via badges, in addition to some other items, meaning that Triumph badges offer an unprecedented amount of high quality gear. To this end I completely agree with him. Where we have a slight disconnect is when he says the following:
Rewards should be EARNED. Great gear comes from working at it; knowing your class/role, looking up and learning tactics, downing the bosses and clearing raids. NOT from over-geared players farming Heroic Dungeons every day. What kind of achievement is that?
Note carefully the wording I used. I said there was a disconnect, not that I disagreed with him. While I agree that players should earn their gear, the issue I take here, though minor, is the fact that a player running the heroic daily every day could possibly earn most of the Triumph gear before 3.3 anyway. Anyone that has run the heroic daily every time since patch 3.2 hit (8/4/08) has already received about 150 Emblems of Triumph (almost enough for 4 pieces of Tier 9). That’s not that far from the amount I’ve earned mainly from raiding.
I doubt the change will have much of an effect on me personally as far as my Rogue is concerned. I’ve already earned 200+ triumph badges already, and I anticipate buying most of the gear I’d want from the badges before the month is out, which I assume, is long before 3.3 hits. Where I do see this helping me out is for the numerous alts I have that I can fit a heroic in ever now and then, but don’t have the time to do any extensive raiding. It will be nice to get their gear caught up so I can fill in for our other raid groups when needed.
Basically, I think we all expected that this would happen with the hit of patch 3.3. Since the base tier was only available through badges anyway, it’s kinda hard to get upset about people having access to something that they already have access to. You still have to raid or excel at PvP to get really good weaponry and many other gear slots that the badges won’t get you, so again, this is probably good for the game. Your thoughts as always are welcome, but please back them up with some logic.