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Friday, October 07, 2011

4.3 PTR :: About that Roll...


In response to concerns regarding how loot will be distributed in the Raid Finder system, we are making some changes to how loot rolls will work when using the Need Before Greed system in the Raid Finder. When using Raid Finder for the Dragon Soul raid instance, players whose currently assigned class role (Tank, Healer, or Damage) matches the class role that a piece of armor or a weapon is flagged for will receive +100 to their Need roll. For purposes of this check, your currently assigned role is defined as the class role you have assigned when a boss is defeated.

Well, that's one way to do it I suppose ^^

Matters arising from the above include the following:

  • Blizzard acknowledge that they're only considering class roles and not player specs with this change. What it means in the short term of course is all you lazy gits who cba with tanking or healing dps with healing or tanking offspecs will need to consider what role they'll want to play in the new Raid Finder, because the only way to make sure you get the appropriate gear is to click the right buttons when you join. No changing your mind halfway through!

  • How Blizzard 'assign' loot to roles is going to come under incredibly close scrutiny. They're already considering applying this to the new 4.3 dungeons, as I assume it's easier to do the work now. Although there's no plans to stick it on all dungeons as of now, this may well become a full blown reality for the next Expansion and would certainly make gearing in low level dungeons a great deal fairer.

  • /looks at Druids, and wonders how their tanking stuff works when there's Rogues in the raid. As there'll be no legendary stuffs for that class anyway in the LFR, maybe that's not going to be a problem anyway... ^^

There is also a note of ambiguity in the above: For purposes of this check, your currently assigned role is defined as the class role you have assigned when a boss is defeated. This makes it sound as if there might be a way to change your role (perhaps using the ability to 'select role') which I assume will not be possible. I assume this means that if you were forced to requeue because of people leaving or being AFK/kicked you could move from a dps to a healer or a tank to help cut down queue times.

I suppose the best way to see how this all works will be to queue for LFR as soon as some actual relevant content is released... ^^

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