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Okay, so one of the unofficially documented changes in this recent patch was the renaming of the classic pvp sets to have a "Replica" prefix.
Since it wasn't really announced (At least in any way I recall) I assumed this was some way for players to gain access to the gear whilst preserving the prestige of classic pvpers by giving them the versions of gear without "Replica" in the name.
However, when checking Area 52 and trying to pick up the gear, it quickly became apparent that this wasn't the case, they're all locked!
Which completely baffles me, is this stuff still only for the classic pvpers? But they obtain the gear by a FoS, why then give it the "replica" prefix when they've long since proven their right to wear the original sets?
I checked the level 60 pvp gear you buy with honor and you still can't transmog those, so I'm at a complete loss as to what purpose this serves, can anybody fill me in?
I'd imagine it's to clear up confusion for people who haven't been following it as closely. Anyone can wear the original sets, so they keep the stats on those, but only old-school PVPers can transmogrify them. Since stats don't matter for transmogrification, they took the stats off of the transmog-only pieces and renamed them "Replica" so people who /inspect the player using those models won't be confused as to why they can't do so as well.
Restrictions still in place
Stats-less, transmog-only version only usable by old-school PVPers
Original pieces usable by anyone
Able to tell the difference now
My best guess is that a blizzard employee has the achievement and wanted to be special, so this set, and only this set of pvp gear was made prestigious, and subsequently restricted.
It sucks, it really does; but on the bright-side gold is a really gaudy color anyway.
But that doesn't quite make sense, why must they be differently named if you can only transmog them via a FoS regardless, or is there some technical reason I'm not seeing for them having different names?
Which doesn't really make sense either, I'm fairly certain the ones you buy with honour are blues whereas the ones in Area 52 are epics, and they're probably named differently by virtue of their associative rank so they're clearly different gear.
EDIT: Okay, so I've compared the two gear piles and they're identical in naming, So I wager that the honor sets are non-transmoggable regardless of having the FoS or not, and the Replica sets -are- but they're locked at the vendors except to people with the FoS.
Edited by Diatenium on 1/31/2012 2:14 PM PST
Unless I'm mistaken I don't think you can buy the replicas without the fos.
How much more development time can they WASTE on something that the overwhelming majority of current players oppose?
Completely non-constructive, moving on.
Nope, in the OP I said I tried buying the replicas, you cannot.
EDIT: WHOOPS, I missed the double-negative there, in that case you're right, silly me!
Edited by Diatenium on 1/31/2012 2:17 PM PST
I shouldn't even justify this much dumb with a response but I figure I have the duty to try in at least one post.
So I'll start with a rhetorical question, what is even the point of remarks against blizzard? You're just flinging insults over vague, barely defined issues of which you're making no effort to identify or, by extension, report.
We can debate the merit of keeping this gear exclusive to those who earned it, but you seem rather intent to just call blizzard idiots. Not only does this immediately scream to the reader that you have no intent to have a civil conversation and therefor immediately undermine any weight your opinion might have but you also don't elaborate the reasoning behind this claim, so you're also wasting the readers time on top of looking like a tosser.
You just give the vague impression that it's because a certain small niche of players is given special treatment, which is worth debating but again you trivialize your position by being rude instead of intelligently and respectfully presenting it, and before you say you don't care about that I'd like to point out that nobody's going to treat you seriously if you don't.
Anyways, I believe the first reply to this post identifies the basic reason for this change, so this thread no longer serves any purpose.
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