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Making Reputation Last June 5, 2012

Posted by Ben in General Whinging, Moar Ranting.
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I was super excited when I heard that head and shoulder enchants were no longer going to require reputation.

(Sidebar: Some people seemed to get really upset that head enchants were being removed completely as this somehow made the game “easier.” There was only one enchant that was good for your class/role, so it wasn’t even a choice. It was just a small gold sink. But on the internet, people will complain about anything.)

I like the direction that Blizzard is taking with MoP in trying to set us up with lots of options for play at max-level, and eliminating a mandatory faction grind is a good step. But I think they’re missing out on good potential for reputations as each expansion progresses. Because let’s face it. For most endgame PVE players (even those who are pretty casual), we’re going to max out the reputations eventually just by virtue of running dungeons with our equipped tabards, so why not reward us with something other than an achi for doing it?

Right now if you max out your rep with the Guardians of Hyjal, you have a choice of four ilvl 359 pieces. But only one is useful to you. If you get there while those are still an upgrade for you.

What if that same piece could be upgraded with each patch to an item level that matched what you get from the Raid Finder? The item would never be best in slot, but it’d be a great way for casual players like keep up when the RNG gods are feeling spiteful.

Or what if new cosmetic/vanity items were added with each patch? Anything from mounts to transmoggables. You’re exalted with the druid faction of the expansion, so here’s an item to make your weapon look like a glowy tree branch (in multiple varieties for the different weapon types).

And on my suggestion of Account-wide reputation? If that can’t work, then make the items you purchase from the vendors BoA. Then you only have to do the reputation once, but can give the leg up to your alts on that server.

What do you think?

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1. Stormy - June 5, 2012

I’m okay with removing the reputation roadblock, because it’s something everyone’s going to do anyway. You’re not making the playing field any more or less even by removing it. All raiders are going to max their reputations with the head enchant faction before raiding anyway, and by removing it things still stay even for everyone.

…still, it’s ignoring the elephant in the room. The problem with reputaiton isn’t the method of grinding, the rewards, account-wide reps or anything like that. It’s that damned 21,000-point grind from Revered to Exalted. Knock that down to something more reasonable, and the problem solves itself.

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3. blindseerjb - June 8, 2012

I feel like the tabard system has made the Reputation system into something that is more universal at this point. As long as you switch tabards, you are going to get to exalted with everyone even with casual play. This sounds like a neat concept, just wish they would add tabards to all of the vanilla factions, and fix the BC ones.

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