For those that do not know Ordos is the new world boss coming with 5.4 but it is a new world boss with a twist. Not anyone can just run in and kill him the way my level 86 killed Galleon while in the valley leveling or my 87 killed Sha in the summit leveling. Or even Nalak where I needed to be summoned when I was leveling a character to get a kill in on because I had not access to it myself, but I did get there. No, there is no letting low levels kill Ordos and whats more, there is no letting low geared players kill Ordos even if they are of appropriate level. You need to have the legendary cloak to get to Ordos.
You read that right. You need to have the legendary cloak to kill a world boss. Effectively this makes opening up the ability to kill Ordos the single longest attunement ever in the game. A blue post shortly after this was announced confirmed that there would be measures put into the game to assure that no one that did not have the cloak would be able to make it to the area you needed to be at to fight Ordos and unlike having the ability to summon a level 87 to nalak you would not even be able to summon someone without the cloak on.
Effectively this was the game saying that the only people that could kill the new world boss would most likely be the people that need to kill the world boss the least. Lets face it, if you have the legendary cloak you most likely will be geared and even if you did the vast majority of the quest line through the LFR, or all of it even, you would still be in a much better place gear wise than someone that does not have the legendary cloak.
It was a decision that quite honestly baffled me. I could not understand why you would demand people have a 600 item level piece to kill a boss that drops 553 item level gear. It reminded me of those days at the end of wrath when I would see people in trade asking for a 5000 gear score to do a naxx pug. You needed full ICC gear to do a naxx pug? Yeah. Saying you need the legendary cloak to do a world boss is roughly the same level of stupidity as saying you need a 5000 gear score to do naxx.
But a blue post the other day made me feel a little better about it. They are going to make the achievement for getting the legendary cloak account wide. Yes, I know all achievements are account wide, but this will be different. It will work that you need the achievement for getting the legendary cloak to gain access to Ordos instead of you need the legendary cloak to do Ordos. And this is completely different. This opens the door for alts to do Ordos, you know, the ones that might actually need the gear.
This is a very welcome change to Ordos. It is a change that is needed. I mean, after all, aren't world bosses meant to be easy push overs for a little loot to help gear up. It made no sense to lock the people that needed it most out of it.
So while this solves the problem for me, as I will have the legendary cloak on my hunter so all my characters can do it, it leaves me to think, what about everyone else?
What about people that are new to the game and only recently started? They still have to do the LFR and experience the nightmare it is, over and over until their eyes bleed and their brain explodes and hope and pray that they can get a group that does not send them into cold shivers crying balled up in a corner afterwards.
Think I am exaggerating how bad it is? Consider for a moment that anyone even half way decent that is not going back to collect stuff for the cloak will have no reason to do the ToT LFRs outside of gearing up to move to SoO LFRs and how sometimes, with some of the better players, they can still be hard with a bad group over all. Now imagine what it will be like when those better players have no reason to go back there at all because they all moved up to the SoO LFR. Yeah, the ToT LFRs will be that bad. Worse even. It almost makes me want to curl up in the corner now and cry in sympathy for them just thinking about it.
So say you are new, or took some time off so you are behind, or are switching mains and never finished it on your previous main, you are still going to be locked behind the single most extensive attunement ever in the history of the game, time and collection wise. Even if they increase the drop rates to 100% you would still be talking at least 5 weeks or running those old LFRs that no one wants to run any longer and getting stuck with dreadful groups while doing them. Not exactly a fun prospect when thinking about it.
So the change to Ordos is a welcome change to me. I will have the legendary cloak so I can bring my 451 paladin there, I can bring my new 444 hunter there, or my 467 hunter there. I can bring my rogue, monk and mage who are all getting closer to the legendary but will never get it before Ordos is released. I can bring my druid and DK tanks that only have a few sigils each because I never do the LFRs with them and we do not do the older raids any longer and they are stuck at that point.
The change to Ordos for me is awesome. It will allow all my character to do it so I am excited for that change. But lets forget for a moment my own selfish desires to do it on my alts and that being solved. It means nothing to me at all now, all my characters can do it on any server so it makes no difference to me. But what about everyone else?
Do you think it is fair to have a world boss that has a requirement the length of the legendary quest to gain access to?
Do you think it is fair that to get to fight the world boss, which are push overs, you need to complete a task that could very well be 100 times more difficult? It would be like saying you need to defeat Ra-den before you can fight Jin'rokh on normal. Is that right?
To me, you, and many other people, this might be a non-issue. You are probably just as excited that you can do it on all your characters like I can now. But for a moment, think about everyone else, the 90% that won't get the cloak. The ones that have not gotten to that point yet. Is this type of attunement to a world boss really fair?