Archive for May, 2011

30 Days of Diversity – # 26

Posted in General, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft on May 10, 2011 by Armada

Shaman Tier 4:  Cyclone Set

Sticking with tier 4 we find the Cyclone set for our beloved Shaman. This set is a perfect example of less is more with understated robes that are contrasted by a nice set of shoulders and matching head piece. While definitely not an overly flashy set, it just works and did a good job of being attractive while still being diverse from all the previous Shaman sets.

In short, a classic design that would be welcomed and enjoyed in the current end game if ever we were given the option.

Tier 4 - A Classic Shaman Set

30 Days of Diversity – # 27

Posted in General, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft on May 8, 2011 by Armada

Rogue Tier 4:  Netherblade Set 

I have to be honest here and state for the record, that I never liked this set. Rogues arguably have had some of the coolest tier sets released in game, but this is not one of them. It has the distinction of being the most “Pinocchio” vibe of any tier set in game and has caused more than a few snickers. So why is it on my list? Because while I did not care for it, others did and there is no denying that it was unique, earning it our #27 spot.

Deadly or just silly looking? You decide...

30 Days of Diversity – # 28

Posted in General, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft on May 7, 2011 by Armada

Warrior Tier 1: Battle Gear of Might

Ranking at number 28 is the Warrior Tier 1 set, which admittedly does not hold up very well by today’s standards. However, like our number 29 priest entry but more so, this set was striking for its time. The large spikes were expected, the color palette was not. This set actually was a stark contrast to the other plate sets in tier 1, specifically the Paladin set. This Battle Gear of Might really seems to have been custom made for and screams Orc/Tauren, much to the dismay of the other races during its prominence.

No confusing this for mage gear, huh?

30 Days of Diversity – # 29

Posted in General, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft on May 5, 2011 by Armada

Priest Tier 1: The Vestments of Prophecy

Continuing our countdown of the top 30 raid tier sets of all time, today we look at the Tier 1 priest set, known as the Vestments of Prophecy. This set, like all Tier 1 sets, was striking and something completely different and for that reason it holds a place on this list. While the set may not hold sway with today’s Tier 11 and 12 sets, in this authors opinion it still has a very classic priest look and the headpiece would set a standard for future sets and even NPC/Boss models.

Also take note of the staff in the picture below. This is one of the cooler weapons in the game (stats excluded of course) and is called Anathema. What was unique about this staff was its ability to transform between its dark form, Anathema and its light form, Benediction (shown). A truly epic weapon for its time but sadly obsolete today.

The Vestments of Prophecy - Classic

Horde For Life – World of Warcraft Podcast

Posted in General, HFL, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft with tags , , on May 5, 2011 by Armada

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30 Days of Diversity – # 30

Posted in General, MMO, Role Playing, World of Warcraft on May 4, 2011 by Armada

In preparation for episode 11 of our Horde for Life podcast in which we are profiling the top 6 “Tier Sets” in the World of Warcraft, I revisited many gear sets and their associated, incredible artwork that had escaped my memory. During the time of this research and review I had several conversations with friends, guild mates and even total strangers about all of these long forgotten gear sets and was amazed at the sheer amount of people who, due to their relatively new introduction to the game, really have no fundamental knowledge of these in-game relics and many relayed that they have never even laid eyes on the sets.

This lack of familiarity with the past work of those wonderful Blizzard artists is in my opinion, one of the most glaring gaps – a chasm in fact – that the combination of a tiered system of gear progression and a lack of a wardrobe feature/appearance tab creates. Knowing that something approaching one half of the games population have never even laid eyes (more less their virtual hands) on this now needlessly obsolete gear is borderline unforgivable. This is only further exacerbated by the fact that correcting this flaw is so easily attained, yet seemingly ignored.

It was this revelation, knowing that many players have not even been exposed to what diversity would actually bring with it that has me authoring this article on the 30 days of diversity. I have decided that my quest, my crusade to bring more end game diversity into our beloved game should work harder to include exposure of the obsolete riches that lie just beneath the Azerothian surface. Everyone should have the pleasure of reviewing again or for the first time, all of these wonderful art assets.

To that end, we will count down and profile over the next 30 days, the top 30 tier sets of expansions and patches past. Obsolete gear that Blizzard could in a single patch cycle make relevant again. I challenge each and every player in the World of Warcraft to review these images and tell me your game experience would not be greatly enhanced by their viability via an appearance tab.

So lets start off this marathon countdown at number 30 with:

Mage Tier 3:  Frostfire Regalia

In addition to this set looking infinitely cool, its distinct color palette would be a perfect complement to Frost mages and turn heads everywhere. Like many tier sets of old, not only is this set utterly obsolete and unusable in today’s ever compartmentalized tier 11 world, this set is no longer even in-game, obsolete or not.

That’s right, this epic looking gear is collecting proverbial cobwebs, “deactivated” in Blizzard’s Oracle database. In effect the Frostfire set is indefinitely “on ice”… but why?

No longer in game, the Frostfire Tier set is "on ice"

Poll Question of the Week – May 4 2011

Posted in General, MMO, Polls, World of Warcraft on May 4, 2011 by Armada

In today’s Horde for Life poll we ask you; Whats the verdict on patch 4.1? Answers and comments will be shared in Episode 12.