When they announced hero and valor points replacing badges a few months ago, I talked about the possibility of bringing back pre-raid tier gear, which was known at one time as the dungeon armor sets. Well, it appears that this is going to happen according to the latest information from MMO Champion.
From the data mining of the latest Cataclysm build, they have found the cloth armor sets for what appears to be the dungeon armor set. With this information, there is some likely information that can be taken from this.
1) Will Be Attainable One of Two Ways – MMO Champion stated that this gear will likely be drops in the 5 man heroic dungeons. I tend to disagree with this. Blizzard has set up a standard of buying one Tier behind gear with hero points and buying the latest raid gear with valor points. My guess is that these will be buyable with hero points with the possibility of making them stronger with drops from 5 man dungeons, like tokens. However, it is still possible that you will have to get the dungeon tokens to get the initial dungeon gear.
2) Will Not Have Set Bonuses – I tend to think that Blizzard believes that the raiding sets of gear should have bonuses for classes. With pre-raid gear, I would not be surprised if they put no bonuses on them. This means that any class of the same cloth type will likely have the same gear. A shadow priest, mage, and a warlock should all be wearing the same pre-raid dungeon gear with the only differences in gemming and enchants to show their preferences in stats.
3) Will Make Dual Specs More Important – If you have easily attainable pre-raid dungeon sets, you will have no excuse to not have gear for both your sets. Now some classes, like mages, can likely use the same dungeon armor set since there will be no set bonuses to warrant using two different sets of gear. However, with druids, I will likely have my moonkin set and my bear set.
4) Will Set a Bare Minimum Standard for Raiding – In other words, if you at least don’t have the pre-raid dungeon set, don’t show up for raids because you are not going. Naxx made it very easy for you to go in with blues and be somewhat successful. I have a feeling this will not be the case in Cataclysm. You will need the dungeon armor set in order to get in and start raiding.
Of course there are some unanswered questions still about gearing in Cataclysm. When will the Tier 10 gear be replaced with new gear or will we enter new raids and heroic dungeons with Tier 10? If it is dungeon drops, will it be classed based like tokens currently are? Will there be heroic dungeon gear that will surpass the dungeon armor set or will we get all 5 pieces of the dungeon armor set? Hopefully, these questions will be answered sooner rather than later.
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