This expansion was missing something, a very important part of the game, for the entire expansion thus far, and that is a reason to log in on reset day. Of course at the start of the expansion when everything was fresh and new you would want to log in on reset, but it was not because it was reset, it was because it was all still new and shiny.
My guild does not raid on Tuesdays so even raiding was not a reason to log in on Tuesdays. We ditched raiding on Tuesdays back in wrath because of the constant delays with the game being up in time for raid and being a casual guild it was never really imperative to raid on Tuesdays to begin with.
So what inspires some people, like me, to log in on reset day? Something we feel is worth doing of course. Something that resets on reset day, which is after all why it is called reset day. Something that I felt was worth doing even on alts. As I mentioned about raiding, which is the big thing that resets on reset day, that had not be a motivator for me since, what is it, 2008.
Why I logged on for reset was always about valor. It was valor reset day. I could start capping characters again and I was usually good for capping at least one if not more in recent years, every single week. I enjoyed logging in to do that, it felt as if there was something worth doing. While the fact does remain valor gear is not back yet, as it should be, we can upgrade our gear with valor now. And unless you are like me, someone who is still wearing a few blackrock foundry pieces (don't judge, I have horrible luck), you will most likely be able to upgrade every single piece of gear you are wearing.
At 250 valor per 5 point upgrade, meaning 500 per piece for the full 10 points you are allowed to upgrade, that means you will need, at most, 8000 valor to upgrade all your gear. In the old days that meant at least 8 weeks of valor capping. That meant there was a chance you would get an upgrade in 8 weeks. It means even me with my bad luck has a chance to get an upgrade after 8 weeks. So that in turn could mean even longer to get enough valor to upgrade all your pieces as there would be a new piece in the mix I would now need to upgrade once more.
For me, having some sort of currency like valor was a key to making the game repeatable, doing those same things over and over again, the things we stopped doing early on this expansion. There have been no real reason to run dungeons, no real reason to run LFR, no real reason to do anything but log in on raid nights. So having something in the game, something that is useful to help my characters personal progression, is a great motivator to logging in on reset day for me. It has been a key component to what made a game like this great, it allowed what was otherwise one and done content, as in content that is consumed quickly with no need to return to it, worth doing again, that is the glory of valor. I am glad it is coming back, it gives me a reason to log in on reset day again. Even if I can easily get everything done over the course of a week, I still like getting it out of the way on reset day.
But that brings me to a question as there is no longer a cap on valor you can gain per week. As far as it seems there is around 4700+ valor you can get each week now and you can get all of it. No cap of 1000 per week. However, there is an over all cap. If you already have everything upgraded you can only bank 5000 valor for later use. But unless you get 10 new pieces of gear in one run (I wish I had a run like that) you won't be able to blow through those reserves faster than it would take to replenish what you spent.
So instead of it taking 8 weeks to upgrade all your gear it is theoretically possible to upgrade all your gear in 2 weeks, even if you have every single slot with an eligible piece. And you would have lots of valor left over to boot.
So lets say you want to max out the level on your existing gear, and cap out at 5000, you can do so in 3 weeks. Is this really a replacement for the valor that made me love logging in every week on reset day or is this some fake substitute that will be like the rest of the expansion has been, something you do quick and are done with. I am thinking it will be more along the line of the latter.
Even more so when you think about the rate people get new gear, or at least people like me, I might need to get some valor once in a blue moon, but it will not be like old valor. It will be warlords valor, where everything is one and done. Heck, you will not even need to keep a reserve if you do not want to. As I said, it is not like someone is going to get 10 upgrades in one week, which is what would need to happen for you to not be able to upgrade everything in one weeks worth of valor. So you do not even need to be sitting on a reserve.
Warlords has screwed up everything, I think they even screwed up valor. What is even worse is valor, at least for me, is completely useless on alts. We need valor gear, not valor upgrade.
Come now, do I really want to upgrade a 670 trinket on my mage? Nah, I would rather there be a 700 one I could buy with valor points. Upgrading a 670 to 680 would not motivate me to play my mage, but letting me buy a 700 sure as hell would. Blizzard seems to have forgotten how to make things worth doing long term anymore. They only know how to design for one and done content.
Hey, at least for a couple of weeks I have a reason to log in on Tuesday for reset day and I am happy for that. Just wish they had done a better job with bring valor back.
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