Emblem Strategy for the Super-Casual

Update! This arti­cle is well-intend­ed but the truth has been revealed, and I guessed wrong. More infor­ma­tion in the arti­cleWrath Emblem Design Revealed”.

How­ev­er, it kills me to delete text, so I’ll leave it here any­way. Also as a reminder to myself that design is opaque.


Only raid or instance once a week? Won­der­ing what to do with those 25 or 30 emblems you’ve final­ly accu­mu­lat­ed? Like real-life mon­ey, don’t let those shiny tokens burn a hole in your pock­et.

“But, but, but how can I wait? Zomgepics!”

I know, I know. The siren call of zomgepics beck­on us all.

The emblem gear will (in all like­li­hood) be refreshed when a high­er tier of con­tent comes out, just like the Badge of Jus­tice sys­tem did in the Burn­ing Cru­sade. This means that your Emblems will (in all like­li­hood) appre­ci­ate in val­ue.

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Historicity and WoW

In his excel­lent book “Man in the High Cas­tle”, Philip K. Dick talks about items and his­toric­i­ty:

She said, ‘what is “his­toric­i­ty”?’

‘When a thing has his­to­ry in it. Lis­ten. One of those two Zip­po lighters was in Franklin D. Roo­sevelt’s pock­et when he was assas­si­nat­ed. And one was­n’t. One has his­toric­i­ty, a hell of a lot of it. As much as any object ever had. And one has noth­ing .… You can’t tell which is which. There’s no “mys­ti­cal plas­mic pres­ence”, no “aura” around it.

[The Man in the High Cas­tle, pages 6566]

Why can’t our World of War­craft items have that aura?

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Where PvP Gear Often Helps

Yes­ter­day, I talked about How to Read PvP Gear for PvE, and short­cuts on how to eval­u­ate PvP gear when it comes to enhanc­ing your PvE set. The big take­away from the arti­cle was: use PvP gear to patch your PvE set, not for over­all gear­ing.

Today, I’ll list as many of the com­mon­ly-patched cas­es I can think of. If Bliz­zard’s going to keep pol­lut­ing sprin­kling in pvp items in your pve instances/raids, you might as well cher­ry-pick pieces from the pvp side that will actu­al­ly help you in PvE.

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How to Read PvP Gear for PvE

Con­tin­ued from yes­ter­day’s Intro to Using PvP Gear for PvE.

(I apol­o­gize in advance for the for­mat­ting, I don’t have the patience for prop­er html cod­ing.)

PvP gear is typ­i­cal­ly heavy on the fol­low­ing stats. I’ll explain how each mat­ters in PvE.

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Intro to Using PvP gear in PvE

Raids and instances are PvE. Bat­tle­grounds and Are­na are PvP. You get to play mul­ti­ple ways with the same toon, it’s real­ly fun! The cool thing about WoW is that even in PvP, with no group, you can get gear to help you in PvE.

This arti­cle is writ­ten for the PvE play­er look­ing to sup­ple­ment their gear with some PvP gear. I’m assum­ing you are a new­bie raider who has been to a cou­ple of instances and wants to take the jump to Kara, ZA, Gru­ul and so on and not suck at your role. To do this, you can def­i­nite­ly help your­self out with some well-cho­sen PvP gear.

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