Tier 12 Preview – Plate Dress Anyone?

I am going to refrain from using the following article to further advance my Crusade for an appearance tab. However, I have some fundamental issues with the this next batch of gear – not new issues mind you – many of these issues have lingered since about Tier 5 or earlier depending upon your class of choice, but issues nonetheless. I would also like to caveat this article with a few “for the record” statements.

First let me say that the Blizzard artists obviously know how to make cool designs, no doubt. I also acknowledge, that creating 12 tiers of gear equating to something approaching 100 sets in total can tax even the most creative minds. That said, two questions/concerns really leap from the screen upon viewing the tier 12 previews and the Paladin set specifically:

1. Generally Speaking: Why do nearly all the tiers including this newest round look like they are part of an official uniform? The issue is that each piece looks like the same EXACT artwork/pattern that is then copied and wrapped around the character model. This leaves really no distinction among the gloves and boots for example, they are basically carbon copies with only the smallest change in pattern and leave a very unnatural look. There are no solid color pieces and no diversity from piece to piece.

2. Specifically: As a Paladin, I hope and pray against the obvious that this is a mix up. How in Hades can this art, in any way, depict a Paladin? In fact upon looking at the this Paladin T12 preview, I could never guess that this is gear for a Paladin. Priest? Warlock? Mage? Sure, but Paladin? Make no mistake, the armor is actually visually stunning (accounting for my first complaint) but how this represents a Paladin is beyond me.

Don’t Paladins get made fun enough of already? Now we get to tank in a dress… how does a plate dress work anyway?

Mage, Priest... wait that's a Paladin?

2 Responses to “Tier 12 Preview – Plate Dress Anyone?”

  1. Cornata Says:

    I hate to interject reality into our fantasy world, but a plate “skirt” would be even worse than a crinoline skirt to wear. Picture yourself wearing a metal bell, suspended from the waist (or, more likely, suspenders over the shoulders). When the “hem” is pushed down on one end, the opposite end will pop up. (For some examples of this, check out http://wedinator.icanhascheezburger.com/tag/crinoline/ – mildly unsafe for work! ) I do hope that Blizz staff have worked out appropriate animations for sitting down and lying down while wearing this 🙂

  2. Fiachra Says:

    Not to defend Blizzard’s awful designs, but that “dress” isn’t a dress, it’s a long surcoat, worn presumably over plate armor.

    Actual armored skirts are common in Warhammer’s High Elves, as scaled coats.

    As for fighting in a “dress”, I direct you to Japanese hakama, and Scottish kilt.

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