If you have ever read my blog before you would know that I don't really post anywhere. It doesn't mean that sometimes I do not read something and can't help but want to make an account to reply to someone because something they said deserved a response. I just had one of these moments while reading a thread on raiding over on MMOC.
When the conversation veered toward gearing up everyone was expressing their opinion. Some saying it is easy to gear up, some saying it was hard, some saying they hated gearing 4 times through 4 raids of the same exact content, some being just fine with it. Opinions are just that, everyone has their own. Most of the time you can side step an opinion you do not agree with because you know everyone is different, sometimes you just can't. Even if it is an opinion, the opinion just seems fundamentally wrong.
I had one of those moments while reading that post when someone mentioned that, paraphrasing, "blizzard learned that people do not like having the same piece of gear for 18 months".
This might fall into the opinion category but I could not help but think this opinion in particular was fundamentally wrong. At least part of it. The opinion part I will agree is an opinion is that "blizzard learned". That is his opinion, my opinion is that blizzard has not learned. If they did 6.1 would have had a daily hub or two. But that is my opinion.
What made me want to make an account just to reply to him was the "people do not like having the same piece of gear for 18 months." Speak for yourself buddy. I loved greatness, which was the trinket in question that had been mentioned at the time.
I loved that I made it at the beginning of wrath and that it lasted me the entire expansion almost. I did not replace it until I got deathbringers will in ICC25. It was my first slot trinket for a long time than moved to my second slot, and as I had not gotten anything else it remained there until ICC. And it is not like I got stuck with a bad trinket, it was still a very good trinket. There were some along the way that I could have gotten, but didn't, that would have been better, but only slightly, greatness was, no pun intended, a great trinket and I wish all darkmoon trinkets were designed on that model. To last a long time.
I liked the idea of the cloak last expansion and the ring this expansion because it was a done piece. It was the best you would get for that slot. No killing bosses over and over hoping for a drop. No wondering if you guild will even get to the boss that drops the piece you need. No RNG, just one piece of gear kicking ass and taking names for the entire expansion. I freaking love that idea.
I would not be adverse to the idea that every single slot in the game was like that. And as we raid we upgrade said pieces. We don't need to work on luck to get gear. We just need to be active and upgrade it. I absolutely love the idea of having the same piece of gear for 18 months. I love the idea that all of mists my characters had the same cloak, I love the idea that all of warlords my characters will have the same ring.
So no, some "people" do like having the same piece of gear for 18 months. I am one of those people. So I am not saying that as an opinion, I am saying this as fact. Some people do like getting a piece of gear that lasts them for a while.
I might only be guessing here, but I am sure I am not alone. I am sure there are people out there that like getting a piece that remains a solid piece for longer than just a few weeks. Maybe not as huge as greatness which was a 200 item level piece that lasted until it was replaced by a 264 piece but still having something that does not feel like it is instantly replaced, if you get lucky, is a good feeling. For some of us.
I like that scales of doom remains one of survivals best pieces even if highmaul is old content. Sure, I did not get it and it would be awesome if I did, but for the people that did get it, it is a nice feeling to know that what you worked to get and were lucky enough to acquire was not made instantly useless by a new tier coming out. Or a new difficultly level you moved into.
I believe pieces should last longer. I don't think I should be upgrading my shoulder pieces every couple of weeks, depending on luck. I would rather get a piece and it last for a few months, maybe even a year or hell, even 18 months, because that would feel better for me, it would make it feel as if the piece of gear I worked for is actually worth it.
I like gear that lasts. I would rather have more pieces of gear as good as greatness, or as well designed to last like the cloak and ring than to upgrade my shoulders with a normal highmaul drop, then upgrade then again with a heroic highmaul drop, then to upgrade it with a warforged drop or a gem slot drop, then upgrade them again with a tier normal blackrock drop, then upgrade them again with a heroic blackrock drop, then upgrade them with a warforged drop or a gem slot drop all within the span of a couple of months. No thank you. I would rather have a piece that lasts for more than 15 minutes thank you very much.
But perhaps I am just jaded because in the example I used, I would never get 6 pairs of shoulders to drop, I probably would not get one. So I would rarely or ever be in that situation. It could also be why I would prefer to have gear that lasts. It takes so long for me to get a piece, I hate having to replace it every few months and then not being able to get the new piece to drop. So my opinion on the matter could very well be tainted by my bad luck. So I will ask you.
Do you like gear that has a long life span?