The gaze of the Black Prince had been both blessing and curse to her once upon a time. Her journey long and arduous, the blood of the enemy stained her boots. Now she stood on the corpse of the vanquished Fire God – Ordos – her cloak whipping about her frame and victory beating within her heart. Her journey was at an end. But as with any end, there is always another beginning ‘round the bend.
To be legendary, one must obtain– a truly legendary cloak. What hero is hero without one? To help you on your danger fraught quest, the infamous Black Prince would grant you a boon to help make the journey toward adorning your own cloak a little easier. Will you follow in the footsteps of heroes that have come before and brave the challenge?
Beginning Tuesday, June 17 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, through Monday, June 30 at 9:00 a.m. PDT, we’ll be applying the Gaze of the Black Prince buff which will increase the reputation gained with the Black Prince by 100%. It will also increase the chance of obtaining items from his foes needed as a part of the Legendary Cloak quest line including: the Secrets of the Empire, Sigil of Wisdom, Sigil of Power, or Titan Runestones.
To learn more about the Legendary Cloak quest line, check out our previous blog posts: I am Legendary and The Time Has Come: Legendary Quest Line. Or, for a complete walkthrough check out Wowhead’s guide here.
While I do appreciate that blizzard is giving us anything to help with alts (for people that have been playing) or a catch up mechanic for those just starting the quest this buff is a joke. Not only is it too short for anyone to really take full advantage of it, it is one of those too little too late things. If blizzard really wanted to give people something to play out as a catch up mechanic for those alts and newer player it would need to last a lot longer.
Let just say I wanted to start my journey this week on my paladin, who has not stepped into a raid this expansion, the two weeks would effectively mean I can get all my sigils of power, without a shadow of a doubt right?
Now lets look at my last 4 characters to go through the process collecting sigils of power and wisdom. All four of them finished it in two weeks. One almost finished it in one week managing to snag 19 sigils in their first week of hitting 90. So now maybe that one out of four lucky characters might only take one week and maybe those other three might even now take only one week. What exactly did it speed up? Lessen my need to run LFR for a couple of sigils? Not exactly a friendly catch up is it. Sure, any time I can avoid doing the LFR is a good time, but lowering it like that seems more like a joke than anything else.
And to further the joke even more what happens if you are on the valor portion of the quest. Just started it, or started it one week ago. You get nothing. Congratulation for being late to the show, we are going to give you a buff to make collecting the things for the legendary quest line easier. Too bad you can't use it because you are stuck collecting valor for the entire time this special buff is lasting. Sucks to be you... loser. That is the attitude blizzard is giving its players with this buff.
How about if you are alliance side and stuck on the PvP quests and want to take advantage of this. You better get used to spending the better part of your entire life PvPing if you want to move along with the quest line and take advantage of this. Winning the two battlegrounds as alliance is such a nightmare that it would give the grim reaper nightmares. Death would be scared.
So lets say now you feel forced to complete that part of the quest line to take advantage of this. It could very well make you end up hating the game. I know it did on my lock who I once spent the better part of 8 hours over a weekend PvPing trying to get my two wins and it never happened. What about the poor sap who does not have the free time I do and is not capable of investing that sort of time? Better hope you are lucky or the buff will be long gone before you see two wins in PvP. Jokes on you when you miss the whole event because you happened to make the unlucky choice of rolling an alliance character. Not saying all is hopeless. I have one shot both on two characters, so you can still get lucky. Good luck, but it is not like blizzard cares if you are stuck there.
Now, the increased reputation gain, that is something great and something that will be worth taking advantage of. If you can manage to kill anything on the isle of thunder with the 100s if not 1000s of people that will also be looking to take advantage of this. Better bring some friends that can mow things down fast or your double reputation will actually build up slower than normal reputation did when the isle was empty. My mage, on a dead isle, needed 5K more reputation. I killed stuff while in queue for the LFR, not even chain pulling, just waiting for them to walk to me, for 45 minutes and was exalted. I'll be willing to bet I managed to get more reputation at normal rate while not even rushing my kills while alone in 45 minutes than you will at 100% increased rep with everyone and their mother there to take advantage of that tiny window they have for increased reputation.
For people on the further parts, secrets and stones, this will be a god send. Last week I had a few characters with luck. 8 secrets on a hunter and 9 on a druid. And last week I also had almost no luck. 2 secrets on a mage and 2 stones on a monk. So any boost will be a welcome boost.
For anyone at those further stages this ia a nice buff, a huge buff, and you would be best to take advantage of it. For anyone else, it is a joke. I really feel bad, very bad, for any poor sap caught in collecting valor stage right now. My most heartfelt feelings go out to you, you deserve better from a game you pay to play. Better than getting stuck without being able to take advantage of a buff that was intended for everyone, well, everyone but you that is. You get nothing and you'll like it. Sorry.
Now, if blizzard really wanted to make a catch up mechanic here is how you do it. It is about time some one with half a brain (because that is all I have and it is still a full half more than anyone at blizzard has) tells them how to make a real catch up mechanic.
For those that already have a legendary cloak on one character:
1) This buff should be active all the time on all character on any server they play.
For everyone going after their first cloak:
2) The valor part should be capable of being completed along side the rest of the quest line. As in you can be collecting valor while also collecting secrets. It should no longer be a bump in the road.
3) The PvP part should be changed to "participate" in each battleground, not win each.
Now those simple three changes would be something to toot their own horn about, this, is not. This is the joke of the black price. If they made those changes I could see it drawing people back to finish it, I can see people popping on alts to finish it, I can see people trying to get it on characters they had not even considered getting it on. As it is, if you are not already on the secrets phase or starting it this week, this buff is more an insult than a help.
Not saying I am not going to take advantage of it. I would be a fool not to, but it should not be for only 2 weeks if for no other reason than it is effectively screwing anyone that is stuck on the valor part in full or in part. That is why this is a joke. But it makes sense, because blizzard is a joke lately. Hey, lets be happy, at least they gave us advanced warning this time, not like the last buff where they released it in the middle of nowhere after many people already valor capped and let it run long enough so some people were capable of getting an extra week out of it while others that had to work couldn't. So some people got only one weeks worth of use from the buff and others got three weeks. Gee, thanks blizzard. Blizzard just loves screwing things up. Want them find a way to screw this up too? I mean, even further than it is.
Ask someone that just started the valor collection this week how excited they are about this. I am pretty sure they would have some very colorful words for blizzard and rightfully so, because this is a joke.
Nice try blizzard and thanks for the buff anyway. Next time try to think of more than just throwing any sort of buff out there for a couple of weeks to try and save face because we are stuck in a horrible content drought.