Minstrel, from Holy Word: Delicious, made the mistake of asking me to name my level 70 weapons. Considering just how important weapons are to your DPS and, even measuring them against the size of your character in terms of pixels, they’re pretty god damn important as far as gear slots go.
So surely I would remember off by heart the “glory days” of my early raiding and my hard sought after weapons? Nope.
However, because I’m sentimental and also because I used to be a graphic designer (probably more of the latter than the former) I do have visual, eye candy, memorabilia, pre-71-Disenchanting:
I particular enjoy reliving the complexity of the level 70 gemming system for Shadow Priests.
What I’m really wearing is all the Mage gear I can get my hands on that isn’t specifically equippable by Mages and only Mages.
That said, if a Frost Mage rocked up in Frozen Shadoweave to raid he would have been laughed out of the room at the time. Mostly just for being a Frost Mage. Unfortunately not for being a Mage.
Ha! I don’t think I’ll ever tire of Mage jokes.
By the time I put together this wallpaper they had already homogenized stats in the move towards Wrath of the Lich King. A lot of those item were sought after initially for their +Shadow Damage. I spent most of level 60-70 grinding the materials for my Frozen Shadoweave set in preparation for level 70 raiding. I’m sure that’s a big part of why I love the set so much.
The Spellstrike Hood, Belt of Blasting and Darkmoon Card: Crusade are all crafted item. However, they do require some pretty tasty materials available only to raiders and the wealthy. I remember having these items, I remember valuing them. I remember some of the materials.
What I don’t remember is pretty much everything else: everything that was purchased with Badges of Justice. Even though I would have put in scads of raiding hours to accumulate all those Badges (or Emblems or Valor Points or whatever they’re called now as Currency) but once the shopping was done I didn’t really care about those items anymore. I certainly didn’t remember their names.
This led me to think about what I could remember from Wrath of the Lich King. Surprisingly, I tend to remember weapons and trinkets. And I think I know why: these are the items that, in a DKP system, I had to wait a very, very long time to get. I never won a weapon or trinket on a roll. I was never the only one in the raid who could use an item, or wanted it. I always had to fight and, more often, wait patiently in the wings for the healers and other casters to get through their wishlist first.
I remarked to a guildy only a few days ago that my strongest memory of ICC was waiting patiently for the Phylactery of the Nameless Lich to drop not once, but twice for our raid. This was one of the few items that very few classes and specs wanted – great for Shadow Priests – all I had to do was wait for the other Shadow Priest, an officer, to get it then the 2nd one would be all mine.
My luck being what it was, I only just got it right before the end of Wrath of the Lich King. About 6 months of hardmodes before I saw that reward. Now that’s how you come to value and apprieciate an item.
Both Badge/Emblem and raiding items are purchased with currency: really the Badge/Emblem system is just Blizzard’s way of putting in a DKP system across the game that’s not tied to one guild. You gain currency or DKP by spending time and killing difficult bosses. You spend currency by purchasing items.
So why do I value one – DKP bought gear – over the other – Badge purchased gear? It must be the chance to drop.
I think when your goal is to purchase an item for 100 Emblems or 1000 Valor Points while you’re earning those Emblems or Valor you stop thinking about the item and just start thinking “I need 22 more Emblems”. When it’s a boss drop you spend the entire raiding week thinking “Please let this week be the week that Dislodged Foreign Object drops… and even though Orlith has way more DKP than me, please let next week be the week that Dislodged Foreign Object drops again… and it will finally be mine”. /evil laugh
Just repeating the name of the item so many times mentally makes it easier to remember.
Of course it probably helps that four or five others in your raid group are coveting the same item. It becomes desirable, spoken about in hushed tones, because everyone wants it.
Perhaps they should randomise the Emblem/Valor/Justice Points vendors. Make it so that only 4-5 days out of a month they stock Mercurial Vestment. And I’m not talking about a set schedule. Waiting for the Darkmoon Faire is annoying and tedious.
What do you think?
Here are some other gems (well, my appreciation of these things might be greater than your own) that I found in the same folder: