Friday, December 4, 2009

Screwed Again by Legendary Weapons

Let me start off this post with a disclaimer. I fully realize the tremendous feat that it can be to obtain some of the Legendary Weapons in the game. Especially some of them that required long quests or multiple drops. I also realize that I will most likely not ever be in a position to actually obtain any current-content Legendary Weapon, but that said...

So, it looks pretty certain that 3.3 will be coming on Tuesday if not "soon"®. And with it, we get a whole bunch of goodies that Blizzard has been working on. That's great! I'm excited. No really. There's a lot of new stuff that I'm really looking forward to. From running dungeons with Pug's from other servers, to the random dungeon quest, to the new dungeons to the new raids... It really looks like Blizzard is hitting a home run with this one. With the cop-out of easy design for ToC and Onyxia's Lair, this is really a breath of fresh air.

Only... I'm a little concerned about some itemization. And while I don't play my mage as much as I used to, I'm going to have to take a full mage point of view here. Furthermore, as possibly a first, I'm going to have to side with Warlocks. *gasp*.

See, the thing is... if you take a look at the Legendary Weapons and which class can use them, there's really a huge discrepancy in what should probably be equal distribution. Out of the 8 Legendary weapons in the game as of 3.3 (1 of which, Atiesh, Greatstaff of the Guardian, is no longer attainable), Warriors can use 6. And those 6 can all be used in a Warrior's role. (I'm not counting the temporary Legendary weapons you loot in The Eye while fighting Kael'thas.) Rogues and Paladins can use 4. Death Knights and Druids can use 3. (1 of which is Atiesh for the druids.) Priests, Hunters, and Shaman can use 2. (Again, Atiesh for the Priests.) And Mage and Warlock? Well, technically it's 2 that we can use. But 1 of them is Atiesh and the other is Thunderfury, Blessed Blade of the Windseeker.

Does anybody see anything wrong with this? As a Mage or Warlock, if you want a legendary weapon, your options are either get Thurderfury that does absolutely nothing for you since it's a melee weapon, or buy an account that got Atiesh before it was taken out as of patch 3.0. Furthermore, we haven't had a new legendary weapon introduced into the game since before The Burning Crusade. That's over 3 years!

Rogues had a hay-day in TBC when the 3 Legendaries that dropped off of Illidan and Kil'jaedon could all be used by them. The Thoridal, the Stars' Fury practically screamed Hunter, but could be picked up and used by the other two bow-wielding classes. And most of the classes, except for the one fight up in The Eye didn't get a single legendary for all of TBC.

And now? Now they're bringing them back. All of the healers I knew were excited for Val'anyr, even if better weapons are out now. And with the introduction of 3.3, we have this new Shadowmourne.

Look at it. Mouse over it. Click the link. Do what you need to. You'll notice something. It blatantly mocks every class except the 3 listed. Even if the other 7 classes wanted it just to look cool, they cannot. It is for these 3 classes only: Death Knight, Paladin, and Warrior. One class that's been here for only 1 expansion, one class that also had access to Val'anyr, and one class that now has access to 8 Legendary weapons.

So, the morale of the story is thus: If you're looking for Legendary weapons, role a Warrior.


The Renaissance Man said...

It would probably be best to sort out Legendary distribution via roles, rather than class.

Sulfuras: 2H DPS
Thunderfury: Tank
Atiesh: Caster DPS
Warglaives: DW DPS
Thor'idal: Hunter
Val'anyr: Healer
Shadowmourne: 2H DPS

Legendaries have come full circle. It would seem that it's time for tanks to get a new legendary, and Blues have already confirmed that there's going to be a Caster DPS legendary in Cataclysm.

Michael said...

Enhance Shamans don't use 2-handers anymore do they?

They used to love arcanite reapers back in the day..

It seems odd not to let shamans have access.

Leiandra said...

The Renaissance Man? I couldn't disagree with you more. It's a heck of a lot easier to switch roles than switch entire classes. And a lot of these legendary weapons have a "coooool" factor. You don't just get the weapon because it is suited to your role. Many of these legendaries just plain look cool. I can remember the first time I saw a warrior in IF with Thunderfury. It was cool! I envied him. "One day, I want a Legendary weapon that's as cool as that," I thought to myself. And while technically I can, I also like the idea of something being useful to me.

It just further enforces the "flavor of the month" (which has mostly been DK's for all of Wrath), which isn't healthy.

Furthermore, Blues have confirmed that they plan on adding a legendary for Caster DPS. But that could be another 2 years down the road at this point. Things can certainly change in 2 years. I'm just saying.

Leiandra said...

And to Michael. No... Shamans use Stormstrike now and a number of other talents that pretty much require dual wield.