I don’t normally cover World of Warcraft news. This is mostly due to my high blood pressure and doctor’s orders but every so often I find something so rancid and appalling I take the risk to bring these stories to light for you good people. Now I am just a simple man and wouldn’t want to be accused of misquoting so here is the announcement.
The Blizzard development team hard at work.
Posted by Blizzard
“We received several feedbacks regarding raid instance lockouts and 10/25 rewards, and we appreciate your opinions and deep interests. We thought that Korean players wish to enjoy the most hardcore contents more flexibly and according to their play styles. Therefore, from the upcoming patch we decided to change the raid instance lockout rules for all KR servers. Raids, as usual, will be reset every 7 days following maintainance checks. However, after 5.1 patch 10 man and 25 man raids will have seperate lockouts.
From now on, players could play raid instances, such as Mogu-Shan Vaults, in both 10 man and 25 man difficulty. Normal and Heroic difficulty raid of same instance will share same lockout as usual. Furthermore, the loots of 25 man raids has been buffed, and will offer higher iLV compared to same 10 man instance. For example, Terrace of the Endless Spring in 25 man difficulty will drop loots with iLV of 504, wile 10 man will drop 496.We wish that players will further enjoy the contents and gain satisfactory rewards, and decided to offer the system that suits most well with the KR players.”
So as I read this, it means three major things.
1. Korean players get to run both 10 man and 25 man of the same raid a week. They will be able to gear two times faster then both US/EU servers.
2. There 25 man gear is now better then 10 man gear. This will force some 10 man raiding guilds to change or not be as competitive.
3. “Worlds First” will no longer matter as one region has a clear advantage.
Sometimes games go in a direction we do not like. For me this has changed something vital. I can overlook the fact the my once beloved MMO is now a joke due to a Pokémon ripoff and Pandas, And I can even live with the fact that I have been waiting for my custom dance studio for five years now.
However, what kept me going was competition. The fact that all guilds are on even footing at the start of every expansion. I used to think “Worlds First! Why not us? We could do it. We have the same chance as everyone else.” but no longer. With that I leave you my dear readers as I must go to priceline.com and see how much 74 tickets to Korea are. Hey, I said I didn’t like the change. I never said I wouldn’t take advantage of it.
“Now boarding flight 185 non-stop to Korea”