I just paid 20 Gold for WHAT?

When the Tier 0-Set upgrade was announced, I was pleased as punch. Since I haven’t been able to enter the depths of the Molten Core as of yet, I was glad to upgrade some parts of my weak, weak set to something stronger. So as soon as the patch was applied and the servers back up, I jogged to the friendly lady in King Magni’s throne room and accepted her quest. 15 blood samples, coming right up.

After a trip to Winterspring and an extensive hunting session, I returned to her to claim my prize – the Darkmantle Bracers. They do look stylish, I give them that. But what about the all-important stats, in comparison to the Shadowcraft Bracers?

  • +8 Armor
  • +7 Strength

Wow. That’s it? Fantastic. Amazing. I never felt so nerfed in my virtual life before. With that and the current “Rebalancing attempts” by Blizzard, the guild I’m in considers reassigning Rogues from Damage Dealer to Healer. Oh well.

The upside is that the requirements for the collection of heads have been changed – no more Hexxer head needed, which just made me the proud owner of a belt of preserved heads. Just what the witch doctor prescribed.

2 Comments so far

  1. Shannon Campbell (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Tier 0.5 = lame. No doubt about it. I did my bracers, saw what was involved in the rest of the quest line, and immediately went to the AH and bought my Tier 0 bracers again. I’m 7/8 on my set which means I could actually wear the 0.5 bracers and not lose a set bonus — but hell, I’ve already got my Tier 1 bracers that I can trade out, so what the hell’s the point?

    I’ll end up with a full Tier 1 set before I have the time, money, or inclination to get a 0.5 set.

    Seriously. And that’s sad, considering this was supposed to be the solution for players who didn’t want to have to raid for good gear. GG, Blizz.

  2. Fogarty (unregistered) on April 17th, 2006 @ 1:50 pm

    I think it’s a step in the right direction for Blizzard, but not a far enough step!

    Perhaps the lesson will not be lost and it’ll actually give us something better with a later patch.

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