I suppose it was Mythic’s intent all along to add an element of PvE grind (or achievement, whatever you want to call it) to WAR’s PvE system.Â It’s my opinion that this system existed solely because, well, what would their PvE be without the wards?Â Anyone want to take a stab at it?Â The simple truth of the matter is that without a ward system there would be absolutely no purpose behind their PvE.Â People would skip everything up to Lost Vale and the Pve in WAR would be even more shallow and unrewarding.Â Barriers of entry are required to give the sense of accomplishment and purpose.Â The unfortunate side effect of the ward system, aside from the fact that having to grind gear to be able to grind gear to be able to finally go somewhere you want just to grind gear, is that it meant you had to wear a very specific set of armor to get the benefit.Â It also meant you had to go for a very specific item and wait for a drop (or a lucky roll); a random element that often became more frustrating than anything.
Sigils seek to alleviate this problem.Â They are effectively the exact same thing as Wards:Â Barriers meant to prolong and artificially add purpose to content.Â Why are most people happy about this?Â Â There are three main reasons to celebrate:
- You can wear what you want to wear now without worrying about wards.Â (Albeit you still have set items with set bonuses… so it’s somewhat a moot point unless your set bonuses suck).Â You can wear anni in LV now though, so if you’re one of the classes whose previous set was better it’s a reason to rejoice.
- Getting Sigils is now far more reliable than getting wards.Â Â Whether it be from PQ’s, killing a boss X times for an achievement, or getting the gear (which I assume will still give a ward/sigil…) it means you’re no longer having to rely solely on luck for a drop.Â If it’s done correctly it should mean that players can progress through the content more smoothly at a steady rate of progression.
- They’ve still effectively kept PvE gear from making you overpowered in PvP.Â Yes, I consider this a reason to celebrate given Mythic history.
This change, while not a huge change for WAR’s itemization or loot system, is still better for the game.Â I’ll take this as a sign that Mythic is at least willing to say “you know what, this old way wasn’t good enough and we can improve it”.
I’m not a fan of the ridiculous number of public quests but it’s clear that Mythic loves them.Â I’m trying to find the silver lining in all of this though.Â Is it that opportunities for the vegas loot system will be plentiful, or that “content” is everywhere, or maybe I’m just one of the few that doesn’t like the poorly scripted “waves” or “stages” setup?Â The glyph system where I’m going to have to do the PQ’s could provide a purpose to them, or it could be downright annoying.Â I look forward to sharing my thoughts on it with you all and hopefully being able to say that I enjoy them.
What has me SUPER excited are the huge boss fights.Â I LOVE huge bosses!Â It’s why I enjoyed raiding in World of Warcraft and why I like watching my brother play console games.Â Boss fights are where it’s at.Â Watching the videos of boss fights
Okay, now I need your help.Â I’m torn here.Â Should I play my 37 Shaman on Dark Crag (I also have a high 30’s Squig)Â ORÂ my 18 (who I can level quickly) Choppa on Phoenix Throne?Â I would need a guild on both servers.Â It’s now just a matter of which server is better and which character I would prefer.Â The Shaman is already 37 with full annihilator so I can do city dungeons with him.Â Having a Squig Herder that level is also a plus.Â I also have over 1,000g. Â I’m just not sure about Dark Crag.Â Â My Choppa has about 100g and he’s my only char on Phoenix Throne.Â The plus to him is that I’ll be able to experience all of the LotD content – from lowbie to high levels – instead of just jumping into the end-game.Â Â I’m looking for advice on making this decision (hopefully from people on either of these servers).Â I want to get to work right away whichever way I go so that I’ll be ready for LotD.Â For my Shaman it would mean hitting 40 and doing some city dungeons and for my Choppa it would mean leveling a bit.
Is it June yet?