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Upcoming Azerite Armor Improvements
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Thanks for all of the continued feedback and discussion around the Azerite Armor system. We’ve been following the community discussions closely, and the systems team has been focusing on making some improvements as their top priority. I’ve got some updates to share on our current thoughts, as well as some upcoming changes.

To start, here’s some of the bigger issues we’ve been seeing brought up:
  • Overall Availability: While there’s plenty of Azerite Armor in the 295-340 item level range, further sources are heavily limited and susceptible to bad luck. Even players who are doing a wide range of high-end content are still wearing at least one Item Level 340 piece, despite having replaced all their other gear several times over. Everything else about the system is basically irrelevant if you can’t get your hands on the gear in the first place.
  • Lack of Agency: When items do drop, it can feel like you’re not really given much in the way of options. You can choose whether you want this to be a Fire or a Frost piece, or a versatile one with a generic trait, but that isn’t necessarily an interesting choice. And when you look at the complete package, those choices don’t often feel like they’re having a meaningful impact on how you play your character.
  • Trait Depth: Several of the traits that are considered the “best” mathematically turn out to be some of the simplest mechanically, which reinforces the sense that the system isn’t really affecting gameplay.

We agree that those issues need to be resolved. So, here’s a few changes we’re working on:

  • We need to make Azerite Armor more available, for all types of players, through a method everyone can utilize. So we’re actually looking at Emissary rewards for that. The plan is to make Azerite Armor rewards from Emissary quests scale all the way up to 370 (based on your item level), which gives everyone a new, reliable source for appropriate gear. Further on, we’re looking at making some further improvements to the ways Emissaries reward gear, but getting more Azerite Armor in your hands is the higher priority for the immediate future.
  • When we add new Azerite Armor in what we’re calling “BfA Season 2” (starting with Siege of Zuldazar and its corresponding Mythic+ and PvP seasons), we’re going to add another outer ring to those pieces of gear that has two spec-specific trait options for each spec. This effectively means that your favorite traits will be available on a lot more items, while also opening up a lot more options across the scope of all of your Azerite pieces (and thus, we hope, create more interesting decisions).
  • We’re also going to continue to work on the individual traits themselves. We’ve done some basic tuning so far, but we’re taking the lessons we’ve learned from these first iterations forward, and Tides of Vengeance will bring new traits into the pool that reflect that. Our goal is to make the more generic traits be decent middle-of-the-road options for when you want to use a single piece for multiple situations or specs, but make sure the spec-specific options (which are generally the more interesting traits) win out in their respective environments.

Some of those changes won’t be coming until Tides of Vengeance (and you’ll see them on the PTR soon), but the overall availability of Azerite Armor is a much more pressing concern, so we’re investigating ways of hotfixing that directly into the live game. I don’t have a solid timeline on when that might be yet, but we’ll definitely have more information to share as soon as we can confirm when that can happen.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Upcoming Azerite Armor Improvements started by chaud View original post
Comments 136 Comments
  1. Xanattos's Avatar
    Just like previous tier sets, when you switch a spec, then you should have a new set of traits. Would not be the answer to everything but having to farm so many sets is overwhelming and annoying.
  1. Xjev's Avatar
    It's pleasant to have ilvl 370 gear from WQs, however it's not directly solving the Azerite system issues, it's more of a band fix and still RNG prone and really not pleasant game play experience.
  1. mmoc4b988bc479's Avatar
    anyone else think getting HC ilvl gear from WQs is ridiculous? imagine if argus WQs dropped 955 gear, but it DIDNT, it dropped veiled argunite and that got u 910 loot. at best WQ rewards should go up to 955

    i dont get how teh hell that makes more sense than letting azerite gear drop from m+
  1. Skutch's Avatar
    Just a hassle to gear up multiple spec's and have crappy choices from azerite powers.
  1. Ztranger's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jyggalag View Post
    Yep so minimum 4 weeks to get 1/3rd of the way towards unlocking the 2nd trait on my shiny new 30 ilvl "upgrade", by which point I'll have 4 traits on my 340 piece, provided I do all available world content. You see my point?
    P.S. thanks for the delay 2 emissary tip!
    Have you factored in the 30% reduction in AP required per weekly reset?
  1. Smeller's Avatar
    The 370 Azerite Armor from WQs probably comes with 8.1. So you'll get that gear when it is outdated again. Great, isn't it?
  1. mag07's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeller View Post
    The 370 Azerite Armor from WQs probably comes with 8.1. So you'll get that gear when it is outdated again. Great, isn't it?
    While you wait, I'd suggest learning to read with comprehension. Maybe you will be less frustrated in a while.
  1. Gurkan's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Smeller View Post
    The 370 Azerite Armor from WQs probably comes with 8.1. So you'll get that gear when it is outdated again. Great, isn't it?
    They literally said that they'd put this in before 8.1.
  1. Rotted's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber Lain View Post
    It's a decent bandaid fix, but my hope is still that we drop this system by next expansion. I want class customization through my class, not random, untargetable gear.
    We will be dropping it, by the end of the expac we'll of healed Azeroth (or she dead as some believe) either way no more azerite leaking from the planet. We'll be on to the next threat and next theme.

    Even players who are doing a wide range of high-end content are still wearing at least one Item Level 340 piece
    ^ This though, no fucking shit. Not a high end raider, but we do LFR, Normal and half of heroic every week, I'm still wearing one piece of 340 in my MS and two pieces in my OS. I've had one 355 from uldir drop and one 340 from LFR.

    I know LFR's only been out 4 weeks and theres only two bosses which drop a piece, but cmon on, 6-7 weeks of farming content, 15 ish bonus rolls on those bosses and nothing dropping.

    I know it would be a stat balancing nightmare but if they made azerite gear be able to TF - atleast the raid ones - then I believe it would help out a lot.

    Also I might be completely daft, but how does a new outer ring really solve anything?
  1. Cyram's Avatar
    So... if I understood correctly, their fix to the Azerite RNG problem was to add... more RNG problems?
    I mean, I don't really mind that much but it seems to be a very stup... eh, interesting decision.
  1. mmocb32a24d4db's Avatar
    Just wait, guys. World of Waitcraft.
  1. Jyggalag's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Ztranger View Post
    Have you factored in the 30% reduction in AP required per weekly reset?
    No point still stands. It's too long
  1. Nutri's Avatar
    With still having 3x 340 on my main, this hotfix cant come soon enough for me :-/
  1. Ztranger's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jyggalag View Post
    No point still stands. It's too long
    That really depends on how much you play though.
  1. Butler to Baby Sloths's Avatar
    It still feels like they've tried to put wings on a bicycle and hoped it would fly, and now they're painting on go-faster stripes hoping that will make it work.
  1. Jokiie's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kreo View Post
    I second that currency thing...Makes sense, add extra game time to farm stuff and you can choose the gear with desired traits. Maybe add different currency for different content, so they match the ilvl of the item. That would be simple and yet good fix imo.

    I Think our Azerite armor ilvl should match our ilvl of our heart of Azeroth

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