Unless something changed that I have not noticed the new patch will land with no new valor gear from vendors. You would think that being I raid that would not worry me too much but it does. As it stands, this tier is ended soon and I have won a total of 2 pieces from the raid. Admittedly they were two powerful pieces. I have the top two normal mode hunter trinkets, both thunderforged. Can't really complain about that can I?
But maybe I can. The tier is ending and those are the only two pieces I have won in the raid. The only time I ever saw a hunter ranged weapon even drop was when I was tanking and even that it was only once. I've played the role of the good prepared raider by getting my coins for my bonus rolls and using them on the bosses that dropped the best pieces for me, specifically weapon bosses, and I still come up empty.
It makes me wonder, where would I be without valor gear? I would have no 522 neck, no 522 ring, no 522 wrists, no 522 waist, and no 522 off set piece (hands, chest or legs). I am currently using the 522 legs as my offset piece because nalak, despite killing him every week since he first appeared, has not dropped the legs for me. I was at least lucky enough to get the gloves off him however. But between nalak and oon that is the only 522 piece I would have seen outside of the raid if it were not for valor. Maybe I could have purchased the head or boots as craftables, but when comparing to what things are going to be like that is not a fair comparison as there will be no new craftable patterns that will be of current raid gear level the next patch either.
So no valor gear and no craftable gear of raid level next patch means little old me is basically left ungeared because of bad luck. As it stands I am the only person on my raid team that sims under 200K, and that is a miserable 160K.
As someone said to me in vent yesterday, what I lack in gear I make up for in skill. There have been a few, very few, times where I beat all of those 4 people that sim higher than me. I am usually pretty close, but as they all get their thunderforged weapons and thunderforged offset gear and 522 tier pieces, I am being left behind. I am becoming the weak link no matter what level of skill I play at. When we get to the point where someone can completely screw up, like happened to someone the other day, they can still end up 5K or 10K ahead of me because of gear alone.
All I need is for a few agility pieces to drop, a few mail pieces to drop, and even if I did spend half the tier on another character I still have enough kills under my belt that I should have won at least a few pieces here and there. Even the two trinkets I won were luck. One was on a coin roll and the other was passed to me because they felt bad I had yet to win a piece all tier.
When we enter the next raid I am the weak link from the damage dealer department and my skill, no matter how hard I try, just can not compensate for the gear any longer. I always went out of my way to do everything I could to offset my lack of luck. I cap valor asap so I can get the valor gear, I spend like gold is going out of style for whatever crafted items there are or BoEs that might appear on the market. So I might not win gear but I am never left too far behind because of valor.
I am currently at a 530 item level. I got my legendary cloak without any help from raid drops, but that was more a skill thing than a gear thing anyway. Although you hear stories of people blowing through it like it was nothing, they all had at least a 530 before they did the fight. I didn't even have a 530 after it when I put the cape on. So I needed to make up for gear with execution. It was not a hard fight, but it was designed that you do not need a high item level to do it if you were lacking. You could skill it. You could earn it.
But that is what I am talking about. I was rewarded for the effort I put into it. What I could not win in the raid I made sure to get outside of it. Be it valor gear, crafted gear or quest line gear.
What am I to do next expansion with my luck? There is no valor gear, there is no crafted gear at current raid level, there is no quest line to get me anything more than an augmentation to something I already have. Without raid drops I will be nowhere. I will get nowhere. I will fall even further behind the rest of my raid team thanks to my incredibly bad luck.
I will become a liability to our progress the next patch because I will always be a dollar short and a day late to everything we do because I can not get gear except to wait for the random gods to smile on me. And they won't. Remember, we are talking a person that just got the mount from UP after over 1000 attempts on multiple characters over the course of years. While I might have moments of luck here and there, over all, I am rather luckless.
I am really worried about a world without valor gear. I am worried because as the raid leader if I want to put my best team forward next patch, because of gear, I would have to sit myself. In the grand scheme of things, if I am this behind (simming 40K below the others) this tier with valor gear, how far behind am I going to be when everyone in the raid is in 553 gear except me who will still be rocking my 530 item level because there is no valor gear?
I could grab a 535 or two off the island, but that too is luck based so I won't count on it. I could grab some 545 craftable gear, but that will still be behind current level gear and I could never justify spending top dollar on lesser gear but I most likely will be forced to as it will be my only option and I hate that. I will still do what I always do, I will try as hard as I can to make up for my lack of luck. The difference is, no matter how hard I try, without raid drops I will be hurting my raid team and I just can not do that.
I have a feeling this might be the end of the line for me because of my bad luck. I love to raid, but if I am going to hurt my team by being woefully undergeared and there is nothing I can do about it except wait for luck to throw me a bone I might just have to stop raiding all together. And I don't think I would continue playing at all for very long if I can not do what I enjoy doing, and that is raiding with my team. So yes, I am really worried about a world without valor gear. For people like me, I needed to it at least attempt to keep up with everyone else. Thanks to luck, or lack thereof, it looks like my days raiding might very well be drawing to a close. Will my subscription follow?.