Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Welfare epics are coming

"There are currently no welfare epics in WoW. There is easy to get gear. But none of it is truly free. I say we change that.

Any player who is not in a raid for two weeks in a row should be sent a trophy of the crusade. If they are out of raid for an additional eight weeks (for a total of ten), they should be sent a 5 frost emblems for each week they have been out, counted retroactively, so the initial payment would be 50 frost emblems and then 5 the next week, and so on.

As I write this, hundreds of thousands of players are out of raids. As they spend more and more time away, their emblems are slowly depleted and the random heroics are not sufficient to keep them afloat. Some have suggested raising the 'minimum emblem' of randoms. This is a sound suggestion, but it is insufficient. We must enact support immediately to pull the many non-raiders above the gearscore line, or they may be lost forever. Their gear falls behind, the heroics can't meet their emblem costs, and we end up with yet another neglected and undignified mass of the Gear Score Poor (GSP).

Some would say they should have to make their own way, that handouts will do nothing. That's an easy claim to make when you have a GS of over 5500 and a steady raid. Imagine if you were below the gearscore line and had been for years. What hope is left? That's what this is about: bringing back hope to the hundreds of thousands of neglected GSP.

Maybe some are lazy. But how many have been pushed away due to their class? Not everyone has the ability to reroll to match the nerf trends. To fix this problem, I am suggesting that anyone out of raid for more than 20 weeks be given the experience bonus of 'recruit-a-friend', without needing a friend, to assist them in rerolling to an in-demand class. And how many others have been pushed away by claims of 'racial imbalance', held back for the appearance they chose? For too long the dwarf paladins endured jokes about their gun racial. For too long gnome warriors have asked how that intellect buff is working for them. No more. I propose a race-blind law which makes it bannable for anyone to be denied a raid or instant group on account of their race.

Furthermore, our flight paths are crumbling. I propose a new 'Ahn'Qiraj' event to employ crafters and gathereres and create newer, faster, safer flight paths.

Together we can look towards a better future. Such as tomorrow, when we will enact the first emblem tax, a 5% tax on frost emblems from raids, intended to support the welfare program."

That is the dream of the liberal fascist socialists who are taking over. Do you want to live in that Austramerica? NO! And we will not. We will fight this. Tomorrow, join me in mailing teabags to Ghostcrawler. He might have absolutely nothing to do with anything I just said, but he's visible and it's too much work to actually research who we are attacking.


  1. I will be first in line to teabag GC.

    I mean... wait.

    The sad truth is that welfare epics are needed to raise the level from time to time. Magister's Terrace, ToC 5 man, and the ICC 5s are all achieving this in preparation of the new level of raid content.

    If you can't go into the new zone and survive one pull, then you can never gear up. If you didn't have the previous tier of content on farm, then you need a quick catch up to even stand a chance.

    The thing that is currently frustrating me is the fact that welfare epics used to be 'Arena Weapons', so they made those completely unattainable until the highest levels of Arena. But how do you GET that high without them? I've gone from a crap set of Deadly/Hateful to slowly building up enough to buy Furious and then Relentless, and now I'm at the 'proper' level to start running arena to earn my Wrathful.

    But since I come late to the game, I can't even buy a Deadly weapon anymore. Only Wrathful weapons exist in game, and only someone highly ranked in 3s or 5s can get one.

    In the same way, It makes no sense how they handle the last tier of badge gear. The prices remain the same, even though you can't even earn Badges of Conquest anymore. You can swap 40 Triumph to 40 Conquest... why not just make old tgrinkets available for half the cost of the new badge?

    Bleh... this is getting long enough to be a post in its own right... <3

  2. Socialists will be deleted. How dare you favor government (Blizzard) subsidy of epics!

  3. I insist on implementing means testing and work for epic scheme where guilds can hire these welfare recepients for low skilled menial labour with the intent on making them more raidable by providing work experience

  4. All things have value. A job is just as much a handout as money or food. They can find their own jobs or they're no worth having around.