Friday, March 26, 2010

An End to Emblems?

Occasionally, something strikes me as odd.

This Achievement, for instance. Emblematic. Not announced as a Feat of Strength, which is what it is, it dropped into everyone's list after 3.3.3. I initially assumed it was to clean up the 'I'm at 80, what now?' process which included the mail everyone got telling them there's an Emblem vendor in Dalaran, in case they didn't know. However, why a Feat of Strength? That's reserved for items you can no longer achieve in game, or special one offs. Emblems aren't one-offs... so does this mean...

Are Blizzard planning to change the token reward system for PvE armour?

It's possible, I suppose. People have been asking for some time for a way to transfer emblems between alts on the same account, Blizzard have said that we should concentrate on gearing each one seperately. However, if you want to PvP gear an alt, certain honor tokens are BoE. That seems a bit unfair, that you can transfer honor between toons but not Emblems: what if this move is the first stage of phasing out that system  altogether? If so, what would they replace them with?

Simple. Points make Prizes.

The new flat honor system for PvP is simple to understand: Honor for some items, Honor + Arena points for others. Move your honor around For Great Justice, if you want the extra gear you need an Arena team. Simple. None of that awkward swapping up and down of Emblems when you want to buy an epic gem either. A simple, constant cost, meaning lower 'tier' content is still purchasable. If you introduce a similar system for PvE items it would remove a lot of the problems associated with the system currently. For instance, there's a total lack of decent OH items, and to buy then with Triumph emblems means an exchange system that works ok if you're a) awake and b) your server doesn't lag. If you change too many emblems down by accident, there's no way to change them back up again. If we had points for everything, all lower tier items are easily accessible. No faffing.

Rewards for random dailies become easier too. As well as Dungeon Points (I bet they'll have a catchier name) you'll be given a smaller, second tier of 'points' like the Arena points. This buys you a better set of gear above the base Dungeon Points rewards. It's also used for patterns, for crafting materials. One random daily completed would earn you enough to buy a basic crafting reagent (like a Frozen Orb), I'd guess, looking at the way things currently pan out. It would standardise the entire loot reward system in one swell foop.

Of course it could just be that there'll be no more Emblems any more. They were called Badges in TBC, in Cataclysm they could just have another name. The fact remains however that the current system for gear has some major shortfalls, especially for those coming to L80 now and finding that to gear is considerably more complicated in PvE than it has now been made in PvP. Is it possible that we could simply have one system that would allow you to accumulate a large stack of interchangeable 'points' and be able to swap between the two? Or is that all just too easy?

So, the question now has to be, has Blizzard inadvertantly clued me into one of the biggest potential changes to the game since they introduced the tokens in TBC? Or is it simply the lack of sleep this week because of sick kids that's causing me to hallucinate?

Watch this space :D


Gen said...

Sick kids again? :P

You don't seem to be having much luck at the moment!

As someone who yesterday was having his melon twisted by exchanging Emblems of Triumph for Conquest for Valor for Heroism (or whatever the hell way round it was) to buy some Heirloom items, I would /cheer a change along the lines you suggest...

Let's hope that the lack of sleep has actually enhanced the Godmother's powers of clairvoyance!!!

dobablo said...

Have you thought of getting a job for with police?

"Most getaway cars are silver, but this was black. Therefore I deduce that the killer wore size 10 shoes and lives at No 4b Winston Road, Newport with his mother-in-law and a pet dobberman."

I think you might be reading a little bit too much into it. This is probably just a premptive step before they phase in the cataclysm incarnation of badgers.