First let me say that I am amazed that I have not seen the critics like I have in years past decrying handing out unearned gear. Cries of stop handing out unearned Epics, you’re catering to the Casuals. Perhaps no one has picked up on it, maybe it’s because they are Blue Text items.
So, has the End Game, become so important, that they are now throwing gear at people in order to give them the tools to run the content? Has the bar to raid been raised so high that it has come to this point? Was the decision to rely on gear improvements to make fights easier been so wrong in place of a Nerf that it has come to this.
Ok, enough suspense. Lets get to the gist of the topic.
Timewalker dungeons. This week we saw patch 6.2.2
Yeah, everyone pay attention to being able to fly now. Don’t look behind the curtain over here where we are in a panic because we see a problem. Running your first Timewalker Dungeon this weekend will award you a quest turn in for 500 tokens. Running it twice will award about 50 tokens, 5 times there is a quest reward of a piece of loot, I am guessing at 675 iLvL. Now a few weeks ago you could get some 650 gear, not bad. A decent jump to someone catching up or gearing an Alt. But now I see something very disturbing. At the vendor there is a slew of 675 Blue Gear for 50 Tokens each. So with 2 dungeon runs you could conceivably purchase 11 pieces of 675 gear. 11. Pretty much every gear slot in 675 for running 2 Timewalker dungeons.
Wow. Last month you could run many and get a decent amount of 650 gear, you could do content in Tannan for 650, possibly a rare 675 Epic, and if you farmed enough, upgrade to 695. So what is next up for the Timewalking dungeons, in 2 months will we see it raised to 695? 4 months from now when the expansion is winding down it raised to 715? Higher? Are they so desperate to get people to raid the End Game, that they are now just throwing gear at people for next to no effort. It says a lot to me as a player that has a limited schedule and tries to improve myself and work for all I have achieved to see how easily they are just handing out gear. I have not even completed a full set of Hellfire LFR and already out gear Normal gear drops. I would need to run Heroic content to improve more. It really shows to at least me, the sad state that raiding has become, the decision that eventually your gear will improve to defeat the content.
Maybe people have gotten tired of the endless fight. The hundreds of wipes to get a fight down before moving to the next, the weeks of working only to have time run out and a new tier release. Maybe it is just me. Maybe I am reading too much into it. But all I recall is years of complaints about people working for weeks collecting Justice or Valor to buy that one piece of gear, that it was being handed to them, to now an hour and a half to two hours rewarding you with so much 675 gear that I have to wonder,