Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Yeah Yeah Yeah, Stop Complaining

Okay, so I took a short hiatus after I got commander. Wah.

Rank decay is a bitch! After only a few weeks, I'm already down to Knight-Champion. What a bummer. Not only that, but Blizzard, in all it's money grubbing kindness, has declared that in the next patch, you can upgrade your PVP gear.

Wassat? Wassat you say? Blizzard also mentioned that if you got rank 12 or 13 ever in your miserable non-working pos existence, you wouldn't have to repurchase upgrades? It'd be... what? Autoeffinmatic? Wow! What a deal. Ruin your life, and you get free armor upgrades!

But what about all the months I put into getting rank 10. What do I get out of it?

"You gotz ta go grind up to get that gear again, buddy, if yez wanna upgrade."

There's been a lot of contention about this issue.

Most of it, unfortunately, is based on two factors.

1 ) People don't know how to write.

2 ) People don't know how to read.

So, someone asked the Devs in the real game forum, "So, will former rank 9 players be able to purchase upgrades?"

The Dev responded, "You must be able to purchase the pvp gear in order to get the upgrade."

What the morons in the forum interpreted this to mean is that you had to re-grind up to rank 9 to be able to purchase pvp gear, and then upgrade. However, if you were ever rank 9, and you lost rank, you can STILL RIGHT NOW go to the vendor and purchase rank 9 pvp gear. What that means is that you can get the upgrade even if you're rank 8... or 7. Or whatever.

But there's this assumption running rampant right now that anyone who wants to purchase an upgrade must be at that rank or higher. Besides a misinterpretation of the Dev's response, where'd this notion come from?

Apparently it came from players who have been testing the new patch in the Test server.

One of them, at least, has reported that a current rank 8 could not purchase rank 9 gear, even if that same player had previously been at rank 9.

This would mean that, as rumored, everyone needs to re-grind to rank 9, despite having that rank previously.

However, I haven't seen any patch notes indicating that Blizzard was specifically implementing a change in purchasing power of the former ranked. Rumors are all I've heard, and misstatements and misinterpretations from both sides on the Forum (which is truly a place of vileness anyway).

So, this lack of purchasing power could really be:

- a glitch
- a result of the character transfer process, somehow eliminating the "highest rank held" buying power ability
- a non-patch related tweak that the Devs are just playing with
- an intentional part of the new patch

A simple answer to this question would put at ease literally thousands of very pissed off former rank 9 players. Players who are, this week, re-grinding just in case.

What makes me sad is that in the official forums, players keep begging the Devs to "answer the question." Unfortunately, most of the players are too bereft of intelligence to be able to form the proper question in the first place. I should feel sorry for both sides of the issue, but I'm too busy working for the $15 per month pay-to-grind fee that should take care of most of my worries anyway.


Blogger Raivyne said...

Unfortunately, most of the players are too bereft of intelligence to be able to form the proper question in the first place.

QFT girl, QFT

Reading the WoW forums hurts my brain most of the time.

I also took a break from PvP. After 1.10 came out I decided I wanted the Tier .5 gear, so I haven't really PvP'd since (except for the odd BG once a week or so). I made it to Rank 8 (sooo close to the mount!)

Oh, well - back to the grind.

Thursday, June 01, 2006 2:53:00 PM  
Blogger Hexapuma said...

Yes decay is a b**ch. Getting closer to rank 8 and with my limited playtime that means AB for an hour or two everynight.. it is a slow process. Especially now that everyone and his mother are back to grind for honor again.

Well.. at least I actually have fun doing it ;)

Friday, June 02, 2006 3:07:00 AM  
Anonymous Verash said...

Thank god I'm coming up the ranks now, rather than several months ago. In fact, one of my current things is getting the parts for the current Champion's set before they switch over- since I plan to hang out at 58-59 for a while to get battleground rep (only started BGs at mid 40's, and Horde queue times on TN are absolutely horrendous at 60, it would appear- here's hoping the "big PVP news for 1.12" is the long awaited server pools and not stupid Forlorn Ridge, 'cause the other RP/PVP servers are packed full of Alliance).

Even better if they decide to combine us with RP servers, or even normal PVE/PVP servers. Man- 60% Alliance overall? Some servers with more Nightelves than the entire Horde population? Sign me up!

Monday, June 12, 2006 10:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Verash said...

(Also, I hold absolutely no grudge for being stabbed to death by you in Alterac over the past weekend)

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 9:36:00 AM  
Blogger Psyae said...


If you were stabbed... by a rogue.

It was 100% guaranteed not to have been me.

I've not used a blade in about 15 levels.

Mace spec ftw!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Verash said...

Hmm. Coulda swore it was a Psyae. Round abouts Snowfall? Either there's an imposter about, or my eyes are going. Maybe they just make hammers smaller than they used to. Although "Utter panic" is a pretty good excuse, too.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 2:48:00 PM  
Blogger Psyae said...

I have big hammers.

And when I have even a modicum of healing, I pretty much plow through everyone in my path.

I'll check my pvplog for you.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006 4:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Verash said...

Yeah- if it was you after me, it probably didn't last long- 53 mage=rogue fodder. I believe the sequence of events was "Snowfall is under attack!," I hop off of the capturing Stonehearth Bunker to check it out, walk about halfway up the ramp before the five or six folks there notice me. Get about five steps in the other direction before I die. I only saw you out of stealth for a sec, so the reaction was "Hey! I read her *Bleargh*," dead.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006 2:05:00 PM  

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