Are Epic Gems Too Epic?

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Ah shinies. Patch 4.3 is here and so are epic gems. Well, atleast they’re in the game technically. I can’t really say I’ve got my hands on any of these mythical gems of epicosity. I’ve seen them floating about the auction house for sky high prices and I’ve opened geodes hopefully and I have to yet to hold one, cut one much less socket one. I held off talking about this for a little while in the hope that my initial reaction was just that — a simple reaction of shock and dismay that would quickly be proven unneeded and melt away. Unfortunately, Season 11 has begun and not much has changed.

Currently epic gems can be obtained by the following ways. The first is raiding normal or heroic Dragon Soul – each boss drops a token which can be turned in for a geode. Consequently, each geode has a small chance of giving you an epic gem. The other source is conquest points but these have their own limitations. Conquest points can only buy you pre-cut hybrid resilience gems.

The consequences of this extremely RNG dependant limited supply go far beyond a simple “no shinies for you”. It excludes the crafters, turns raiding into a semi-gathering profession and thus puts Jewelcrafting as a profession in a unqiuely bad spot. While I support the idea that epic gems should be truly epic, the idea’s implementation in 4.3 seems short-sighted and badly done. It leaves me wondering whether these epic gems have crossed the line of epic into the realm of irrelevance.

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Patch 4.3 is here!

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As always, trailers are one of my favourite parts of patch day and so I was really looking forward to it this morning. I hate to be Debbie Downer but that trailer kind of made me go…..huh? I’m a little disappointed and I’m not sure whether its the trailer or whether I don’t feel involved enough to be scared of Deathwing. The music is fantastic though – and gotta love that font they use. Maybe its just me?

Patch 4.3: Druid Tier 13

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So here I was all excited about transmogrification and this morning, I woke up to see the awesomeness that will be Tier 13. First things first – we have a ROBE. Thank Elune! Looking at this tier, I have to say that I’m truly excited for it. There’s an incredible amount of detail and thought that’s gone into its design, and I applaud the artists for their fantastic work. There’s some great interplay going on between the electric blue and the more natural green, rounded with the really unique, vine-like shoulders. I couldn’t help but notice that we’d be back in WWE land as far as the belt goes but hey, I think it all comes together so well that I don’t really mind this. Perhaps my transmogrification will have to wait a tiny bit afterall!

By the Power of Fashion: Patch 4.3

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I’m going to try and stay still as I write this but I am so excited….oh SO excited. Blizzard recently announced that come Patch 4.3, we will have the ability to customise the look of our gear through this magical process known transmogrification! (Hello, Calvin (and Hobbes)…didn’t think your invention would be famous didja? XD ) In the words of the blue:

“Visiting a Transmogrifier will present players with a new interface that will allow them to change the appearance of an item while retaining its original stats. This means that you can raid in your paladin tier 12 Immolation set, but look like you’re wearing Lightbringer, while priests can bring Benediction back — at least in spirit. Hunters can once again roam the jungles of Stranglethorn Vale in their tier 2 Dragonstalker set. You could even slip into the saucy tailored Black Mageweave set for that matter. You know, with the thigh highs, and the little gloves, and the cute little… ahem.”

Furthermore, to indulge our gear collecting hobby, additional storage options are on the horizon. What does this mean for me? No more fashion-deprived tier anymore! Yay! Yes I’m looking at you tier 12, despite the fact that you may be obsolete by the time this comes out. This just made my day! ❤