Appearances Are Everything
But, as you well know, appearances can be deceiving, which brings me back to the reason why we’re here.
– Agent Smith (Matrix Reloaded)
This started as a comment I was writing in response to a post on Blessing of Kings, but turned in to something longer, so I thought I’d post it here instead. For context, have a read of this blog post on the official website.
I’m really undecided about this change.
The Void Storage aspect is a welcome addition;
I keep 2 bags in my bank for gear and have ended up sharding my old tier sets to make room for newer stuff. I don’t actively wear any of the older gear; like Rohan, I tend to think its had its time in the sun. It is nice to have it to remind you of what used to be and the battles you’ve fought but, for the most part, it should be respectfully left to rest in peace.
The Transmogrification thing is what I’m less sure about;
Battlegrounds will be a sea of people “wearing” season 4 so as not to give away that that they’re actually wearing season 10 elite gear. LFD groups will be filled with people wearing Tier 2 or Tier 6 (arguably the artistic high points in the game, though I actually rather liked Tier 10). For “serious” role players I can kind of understand the desire to look the part for. Then again, if you’re acting out a scene, why not just equip the armor you want to portray then go back to your current armor when you’re finished?
Personally, I feel a sense of achievement when I obtain a new item. Showing it off says to everyone else “Look, I’ve killed the boss that drops this gear!” It’s a status symbol and a badge that you’ve progressed to a point that others may not have.
Will this hurt WoW?
Certainly not from a game-play perspective, but it will dilute the artistic style of the game. There’s also the very real possibility that this will lead to less original and creative designs on future gear. From an artist’s point of view, why bother designing a unique set of armor if players are just going to hide your hard work and make it look like something that was done years ago?
I really do hope that they decide to make owning the item you want to outwardly display a requirement, this will encourage a lot of people to go back and experience some of the old content that they maybe haven’t before. Even running Blackwing Lair at 85 can be enjoyable and a large proportion of the current player-base have probably never even set foot inside.