still hoping they make it in
been wondering about this myself!
Flex mode and above should drop them as trash drops like from Sunwell imo.
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Epic Gems aren't needed. Anyone with half a brain cell towards stat balancing can tell you, the extra say 20-40 of a given stat per gem, even when you spread it across the like 12+ sockets you have, is only what... 240-480 more stat points. Even if we went crazy and said they were worth +80 for Str/Agi/Int, or +160 for Secondary (on a pure gem, not a split), that is still only +960 Primary or +1920 Secondary (and let's face it, it will be a mix, cause you'll still gem for most/all socket bonuses). When you got like 18,000-20,000 of your main stat, and 26,000+ spread across your secondary stats... it is an infinitely small drop in the bucket that is not worth the time to develop a fair delivery mechanism for. (Do note, the stats of 18k-20k and 26k+ are taken from my ilevel 524 LFR Geared Ret Paladin, so assume higher in cases of Normal+ raiding currently, not to mention the appropriately higher ilevels of SoO).
Not to mention, it upsets the balance on both Jewelcrafting (making their self-only gems worse, bad enough as it is that they only give +50% on secondary stats, instead of +100% like on primary stats) and Blacksmithing (making their profession bonus scale even higher), which in turns make Blacksmithing OP, Jewelcrafting weak, and everything else better than JC but still weaker than BS, which while it didn't affect alot of players in Cata, it did impact some players. It would serve the community better to just leave the blue gems for the masses, the epic cuts are JC only (through Serpent's Eyes), and everything just stays as it is. No point upsetting the balance now.
Blizzard got their goal of wanting people to gem to match sockets right now, nearly every socket gets matched for, cause the bonus IS worth it. Epic gems could skew that horribly.
Last edited by ZeroEdgeir; 2013-07-03 at 10:31 AM.
Games are not necessarily "easier" today. You are just a better player.
It takes more now to impress many gamers than it did 2-5 years ago, because so much has already been seen and done.
Many players expect to be wow'd with every release of a beloved franchise.
These are generally NOT the fault of the developers, but the fault of many players over-hyping and/or setting expectations too high.
I personally hope they won't bring back epic gems. Blue gems are just fine.. and do we really need something that screws with the profession bonus balance?