My sneaky little call for 24th November being the Ice Crown go live date is starting to look better and better (if I do say so myself).
Wow.com have a couple of useful posts about the 3.3 patch which are very relevant to raiders. With an influx of more detailed information about a major patch usually comes a patch soon after. But anyway on to the posts…
Firstly, there is a post quoting a blue post on the official forums outlining exactly how the Ice Crown raid is going to be released and how it’s going to work progression-wise. The short version is that it will work pretty similarly to how Trial of the Crusader does with content slowly released over time and the heroic mode being restricted until all the raid is live.
I’m not going to repeat all that’s in those links but this bit is interesting, “Over time, after all bosses are defeated, players will begin to get a buff, making defeating bosses easier”. That’s new 😉
Secondly there is a post about the Tier 10 purchasing plan. It’s not well explained but it appears that you buy the base item (think T9 from v3.2) using Emblems of Frost. You then need to wait for a tier token (think T7 and T8 tokens) to drop, presumably from a boss. You then return to the vendor trade in you base item and the token and get the upgraded version.
This has some interesting side effects. Firstly for T10, if you buy the base item it will no longer be wasted if you get a chance it upgrade to the T10.5 version. This is a great idea. Chunks of the more serious raiding community completely avoided the base T9 gear because it made more sense to save the Emblems of Triumph and wait for your trophy to arrive. This way you can get your base item and then upgrade it when you get the chance. This means more incremental upgrades for raiders.
Another side effect, which probably isn’t that important, is that there will be less surplus base tier gear getting disenchanted.
The prices have inflated to help deal with all extra emblems from the new raid weekly quests. Quoting from wow.com, “Gloves and shoulders can be bought for 60 Emblems of Frost, while the Helm, Legs, and Chest can be had for 90.”