Thursday Thoughts: Azerite Gear

traits-azerite-interfaceI would like to start by saying that not everyone is in the loud minority that complain’s about everything that is wrong with the current state of World Of Warcraft. I also know that not everyone knows how to approach Blizzard with an appropriate suggestion to resolve the current issues. We as players need to remember that we are players and not a developer of games. At least the vast majority of us never actually designed a game from the ground up. Nor do we have the said skills to do so. Most of us need to learn our place in the world.

For the entitlement part of this situation, I guess the casuals casualed their way to casually high casual item level. You have to work for what you want even if you do not like how things are working out. I know that I do not like the Azerite system but I am not letting it be a focal point on how I play the game. I have always enjoyed pet battling and running old raid’s solo on my main and plethora of alts. Neither of them involve Azerite or the gear involved in that system. As a by product, I am gathering gold as a passive way to keep me above water and to purchase mats for raiding on Tuesday night’s with my raid team in Convert To Raid. The Rubber Chicken Coalition is a great group of people and I am super happy that they let me tag along on weekly basis.

The current issue with Azerite each piece has a predetermined set of traits that can not change under any circumstances. Even if a reforge was allowed on the item, it would cause a huge amount of gold and you may not get the trait that you are needing on that particular character that you would need. The randomness of it all seems to be janky at best. I know not everyone has the time or energy to spend trying to get the gear from lfr or normal due to work and family life. Also, for the ones who are suggesting to add Azerite pieces to mythic pluses, it will currently not fix the randomness of it all and it will remain the same situation.

With that all being said, I busted my butt to get my priest where she is currently. Is it great, no. However, I am making the most of the situation with what I have. I know I have to adjust around the gear I have. What I can say in a positive light for Azerite gear is that Blizzard is trying out a new way to do thing and it may take a little bit to perfect it. Now everything takes five minuets to fix or adjust in game. I know that the Warcraft team is making an effort to look at things, do their research, and apply changes to the gear that is the game currently. For that, I thank them for working so hard.

So, you are going to ask what it will take for the Azerite gear to be good? Take a look at your own games, specifically Warcraft. What worked in previous expansions? What did not and why? If something worked previously but was overpowered, how can you adjust it for the Azerite gear? What about your other IP’s like Diablo?

I had seen in one of the many forum post on the Blizzard website about “Azerite Rewiring”. It seems to be a semi-decent idea. It covers cost for redoing each ring of traits, and with each time you choose that it would randomize the traits in each ring with one of those said traits will always be there. Meaning each ring would have an improved base trait. I am not sure if this is something that is feasible from a development side. However, these are my thoughts and hopefully they will take a look at the loot!

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