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In Wrath, the very first 25 man raid was puggable because it was so easy, and requirements were more like "have all heroic dungeon gear or better" or "link achievement". But with more difficult raids like Ulduar and initially ICC, and the wide spread in the quality of gear available in the game at that point, having higher level gear became more important. So the process of a pug raid leader checking someone's gear without being an expert on the class became more important, thus it was outsourced to an addon.
It's not Blizz's fault, it was just the natural progression of the formation of pug groups in the WoW community.
OT: Bleh, PvP. I haven't really looked into it in TOR, mostly because I don't like PvP (except WAR which I LOVED). Guess I should check out this "huttball" thing, see if it's worth getting into.
Great, so now the press can tell me everything I already know from leak websites!
I apologize, I'm just angry that I'm not in the beta...
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People who complain about ilevel requirements usually do so because they are in quest greens trying to get in Firelands pugs.
Considering how much hate IGN gets on the SWTOR boards, I'm amused that they're the first to bring up the NDA being lifted for media.
It's been hinted at on gamebreaker.tv's "The Republic" webcast.
Will be interesting to see what kind of information and media opinions come as a result of this.
I sure know that I do NOT prefer this version! iLvl is better than THIS. And one of the two you will have.
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Still, I think iLvl is the "lesser of two evils". I *hate* gear inspections "at place xy". With ilvl I can just w the guy "I am tank with ilvl 373" and there is the invite ^^
I prefer the Rift method. Drop the NDA and let the game sell itself and by the time you get reviews everyone goes "uhh we already knew that"
What has been made by QQ can be unmade by QQ!!!
Heres some updates straight from the press
The Old Republic: PvP and Warzones
In space, no one can hear you gank.
The Old Republic's Trooper is a Monster
Tearing through enemies as the Republic's heavy weapons expert.
The Old Republic: Companions and Crafting
It's nice to have talented friends.
More stuff tommorow it seems
Bah, all stuff we already know. I am dissappoint.
Common sense, evidence, and logic aren't things very many people are accepting of when the result of it means they're wrong.
Yeah its not really surprise I guess. I wonder what other sites say about stuff. Soon you can read about Combat, dark/light side, Flashpoints, worlds and story. Most likely stuff people that keep news in check all the time knows but casual followers are people who these are meant to it seems =/
Yep, you have to remember, these are news sites, not leakers. Twyre not writing to bring you all the "little secrets" that many people believe we don't already know. There aren't many btw.
The best thing that we'll see from it is the excitement for the game after a few weeks playing as compared to earlier 1 or 2 day impressions.
Most of the info they have in these releases was mentioned in a video or article on the SWTOR site itself. Maybe the other articles, specifically the story one will be new info, as little of the story is known. Some class gameplay videos or in depth info would be nifty.