The change to an even more rigid currency based system for PvE content, similar to that of PvP content, provides easier access to higher level itemization sooner. You can have all of tier 9 without stepping foot inside of Trial of the Crusader, Ulduar, Naxxramas, Eye of Eternity, or Obsidian Sanctum. Now if you are to say that you are required to clear Naxxramas to be attuned to Icecrown Citadel. Or worse, you say Naxxramas must have been cleared to be attuned to Ulduar, the four keepers in Ulduar needed to be cleared to unlock Trial, and Trial needed to be cleared to unlock Icecrown... You provide someone with easy access to the second highest gear in order to prepare them for the newest content, but then require them to run content they effectively outgear in order to become attuned.
In the old systems of classic it made sense since there was a very clear progression path. You couldn't prepare yourself for a place like Blackwing Lair without having run the earlier instances. You couldn't prepare yourself for Naxxramas classic without running Blackwing Lair or Temple of Ahn'Qiraj. When Naxxramas first came out in classic, people didn't start earing tier two gear by running Blackrock Depths in order to make sure they were prepared for Naxxramas. Attunements served some purpose then because progression through the tiers was required. Burning Crusade started this way but shifted over time because attunements were gradually removed and gear was added to vendors that could be purchased through the currency system. You couldn't purchase tier 5 gear to prepare for teir 6, but you could purchase a fair quantity of tier 5 equivalent gear. Today, and in Cataclysm, you will be able to skip tiers because of how the currency systems work.
Should a raid that killed 25 man heroic Lich King, be required to run normal 25 man Lich King in order to attune subs to heroic difficulty because one person was out sick? Or is the system today where one person having done it enough.
I really don't see this happening...
End of Cataclysm, Tier 14
You run heroics and get all your Tier 13.
You are now required to go run Tier 11 content to be attuned to Tier 14... hope you brought along an enchanter.
Blizzard is just taking things in a different direction. Not to say they couldn't make a huge U-turn up ahead. But the way things are going it simply doesn't look that way.
Last edited by Quinafoi; 05-12-2010 at 02:41 PM.
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