19 September 2011

4.3 Epic gems as raid drop confirmed, Insane and Raid Finder

Source MMO Champion : Patch 4.3 Interview with Greg Street (Ghostcrawler)

Ghostcrawler: We are doing epic gems this time around as a drop in the raid and we may not have those drop in the Looking for Raid tier.


Now watch the price of Fools gold (Pyrite Ore) drop.  This will most likely cause some rather large ripples throughout the economy, with everthing from volatile earth, to the ore shuffles, and blacksmithing about to take an expected price dive from a lot of stockpiled pyrite ore being dumped on the AH.


Will the new Darkmoon Faire update change anything to Insane in the Membrane?
Ghostcrawler:
No, I don’t believe so

Increased rate of levelling 80-85
Ghostcrawler:  In 4.3, we’re actually increasing the leveling rate of Northrend pretty dramatically.

More alts and casuals will get more gear (good news for JC's and Enchanters)
Ghostcrawler: We have a Raid Finder system that will work a lot like Dungeon Finder to allow more casual raiders to get into the content.   ... (gear) should be slightly above the 5-player dungeon gear but not as powerful as the normal raid.

3 comments:

  1. Not very happy about the epic gem news honestly. I didn't stack pyrite so I'm not going to be out buckets of gold like some people I know, I'm just incredibly annoyed that if they do gems & patterns from raid/raid rep - I will NEVER see them. Not to mention this really is going to tank the market in some areas.

    I raided heavily in BC and I remember how annoying the epic gems were to get, I don't know why they want to go back to that model.

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  2. Well, I am glad to be a raider and goblin with this news. More profits for me less for those who do not raid. It will cut a substantial amount of competetors out of the market.

    I did stock one GV tab up with Pyrite Ore, but I bought it all at 40g a stack or less so I will not be out much. I am sure I will shuffle it and make gold. Or smelt it to make my truegold xmutes.

    It does suck for those that do not have access to the new raid tier, either from lack of time or a good guild.

    I can't wait to see where the recipes come from.

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  3. @Anonymous You assume that the gems will be raw. They may come as pre-cut soulbound gems (ala TBC heroics). If that is true no one will make any gold off them.

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