The recent 3.2 changes to Emblems acquisition have been a boon for most players.
I think even those that opposed them on the basis of belittling their raiding gear achievement have relaxed, either appreciating their higher geared raid mates, or joining in on the emblem feast, gorging themselves to the fill with the gear or gems that they can buy.
ToC has had a similar effect, with the high iLevel items allowing toons to punch many times higher than their previous weight.
Of course there is the other side of the coin and I have read many a story of renewed and inflated inspection requirements.
No T8.5… Sorry you can run Heroic Nexus with us.
Likewise just hours after the doors of ToC opened, people were expected to be experienced.
Now I expect I am at the casual end of the casual crowd, but I am finding myself left far behind.
Still wearing my old Naxx threads
- How long has 3.2 been out now?
- How many emblems have people (potentially) gained?
In that time I have rub Naxx 10 once, ToC twice and maybe one or two other heroics.
To be fair, I have picked up 2 upgrades, one with emblems and one as a ToC drop.
How many have you picked up?
We are intending to venture into Ulduar 10 for our (well, my) first time tonight and I will be doing it as a primarily Naxx 10 geared Mage.
I have done Naxx 25 about 1.5 times, and gained some loot. I have done Sarth0D a few times, VoA10 a few times, but I haven’t even entered EoE once.
Maybe I should take heed of Gevlon’s blue Ulduar success and not worry about the gear, but I’m the 1st to admit (well maybe 2nd if we are to believe Larisa) that I’m not the most skilled Mage out there. Competent, sure, but I wouldn’t consider myself to be OP. Especially as I am currently out of practice.
I should be grateful
I am not trying to suggest that the new emblem and ToC system of gearing is bad or unfair, just that I know I am being left behind (something that I predicted back when the new was 1at released).
I guess I should be thankful that I am playing with mates that reserve a raid spot (as well as a night out of their serious raiding and emblem gathering) for me. I’m sure if I was a member of a regular raiding guild I would be lucky to get a spot on the bench.
Paralyzed by Panic
To be completely honest, I haven’t given this too much thought. I had a moment of panic last Friday when I logged on, but breathed a huge sigh of relief when I realized it was Old World night with the intention to teach Nefarion the lesson we failed to give last time.
The panic has returned now, knowing it’s Ulduar on the calendar for tonight. In fact I think the panic has been with me for a little while, paralyzing me at the login screen.
Which one do I choose… Squidly
I think the panic has been quietly gnawing at my Mage self confidence. Why log on and grind a couple of emblems which will amount to nothing unless I am on regularly, when I can play my OP Shaman.
Squidly = Green Gear Equality
You see, Squidly suffers from none of the emblem and Tier gear problems.
He’s well dressed in Greens plus a couple of heirlooms. He can heal any instance in his level range and is already getting a little tired of grinding one mob at a time. Anything less than 5 mobs at a time right now seems a little easy mode.
Squidly is still providing that long forgotten joy of new talents and abilities every hour or so, rather than a few extra points of Int, Crit or Spellpower.
Right now the yawning gear chasm caused by the emblem and ToC cataclysm is wearing on Gnomeaggedon.
I guess we will see how he goes tonight, but there is already a part of me that says Squidly = OP fun and Gnomeaggedon = tiring emblem grinding.
Gnomer and Out!
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