Greedy Goblin

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Damage reduction

This will reach every businessmen sooner or later. An investment goes south. And here I'm not talking about a stack of Light Leather bought for 1.5G, expected to sell for 2.5 but finally has to be dumped for 0.5. I'm talking about something big, something you spent lot of time and money to build, you estimated how much profit you will get and planned how you going to spend and enjoy it.

Except, you won't.

This just happened to me. WoWinsider written that honor points will be deleted when Wrath of the Lich King comes out. To supplement my lvl 80 gear with PvP items, I stockpiled some honor with my druid. To be specific: collected 73K honor. And also 90+ from all kinds of badges, so I can turn them in for even more honor! I expected to be able 5-6 pieces of lvl80 PvP gear, so with crafted ones I'll be fully epic in the second I ding 80. Bye-bye sweet dream!

Update: honor deletion canceled! However the point of the post is still valid.

What do people do in this kind of situation:
  • Denial. That's the most regular way to handle large scale problems. "It cannot happen. It must be some dumb plan that will be undone!".
  • Outrage, agression. "#!#@$ Blizzard try to ruin my game, I'll go and troll their forums". Or: "Let's make a poll or petition to force them to undo it!" (Someone please explain to me how can a piece of paper with names on it force anything!)
  • Sadness, depression. "Blizzard hates me". "I will never be competitive on 80", "I can't do anything right", "I'm a mess".
None of them is the goblin way. The goblin way is to get something out of the mess. The wrecked investment still holds some value (though much smaller than expected) and this value must be salvaged!

While honor cannot be transferred past lvl 70, it can be spent now and the items gained will be useful past 70 (though not in 80, but during leveling). Maybe this wreck can be used to solve another one: Phaelia told that after the merging of +spell damage and +heal stats, the item with +100 spell damage will have +100 spell power while an item with +100 heal will have +53.2 spell power. So my fancy healer items will be much weaker than their damage counterpart. For example:
Merciless Gladiator's Kodohide Helm (ignored stats equal with Vyrmhide)
+35 Intellect
Equip: Improves your resilience rating by 29.
Equip: Increases healing done by up to 81 and damage done by up to 27 for all magical spells and effects. (will be 43 spellpower)
Equip: Restores 7 mana per 5 sec.

Merciless Gladiator's Wyrmhide Helm
+26 Intellect
Equip: Improves your resilience rating by 28.
Equip: Increases damage and healing done by magical spells and effects by up to 49.
Equip: Restores 8 mana per 5 sec.

See: +6 spellpower on the Moonkin gear.

So here's a list of items I'm gonna get:
  • Guardian's Wyrmhide Belt (4 spelldam, 2MP5 vs current gear), 17850 honor, 40 Arathi mark
  • The mentioned Wyrmhide Helm, 14500 honor, 30 AV mark
  • Merciless Gladiator's Gavel (22 spelldam - 21 spirit vs current gear), 25200 honor, 20 Eye mark
  • Veneras posted about new PvP items available for honor in the next patch. One of them is a real beauty: Battlemaster's Courage, Trinket Equip: Increases spell power by 70. Use: Increases maximum health by 1750 for 15 sec. I'm currently using Essence of the Martyr, which is 71 spell damage equivalent but the new trinket is passive and can give extra HP which is handy.
  • PvP gems will be BoE and non-unique. So I most probably will spend my remaining honor on these. (+2.4 spellpower each)
Of course I will wait until the next content patch to see if it really goes live. There is a possibility that it will be undone, and though I wouldn't count on that, I lose nothing with waiting until this patch.

Update: I've just read, that Shadow Priests (and probably warlocks) have also some damage reduction work to do. Good luck!


LarĂ­sa said...

I wonder what effect this will have on the market for gems? I see already that the prices are falling - I'm not the only one wanting to get rid of BoJ, having nothing to spend them on for my own gearing.

Now with people trying to spend honor points in some way... I guess there will be a flood of gems? Or what does the Goblin say?

Gevlon said...

Yes flooded with gems since it was announced, that on lvl 80 the JC-s can create equally strong green gems.

BTW the unnecessary BoJ-s can be spent for Fire Resistance gear at Geras. I'm sure that there will be fights when fire res will be handy.

pugnaciouspriest said...

I didn't do as much planing as I had picked up early on that badges would be pretty useless, I was disappointed to hear about the honor, considering I thought Honor was honor.. and theres a reason why there is a cap, still figured I'd have to grind for badges for the new pvp.
But now when I'd like to make money, the value of so many things have been reduced, weather its because people are trying to do I am, stock pile some gold, and Mats, and still trying to sell the things that sold well for me before ( spell foods - Imbued netherweave bags, shadowcloth, and are over glutting the market because raiding consumables aren't as in high demand, and people are trying to offload all their bad stock in preperation.