Further proof that World of Warcraft is EverQuest in a shiny wrapper … take a look at a partial list of the items available in the Ahn’Qiraj instances. See the books, codices and tomes? Weee, upgraded spells and skills are buried in an instance! Hurray.
Because that was such a fabulous idea in EQ, it’s bound to be just as popular in Warcraft. O_O
You may now disavow yourself of these notions:
– You don’t HAVE to go to AQ if you don’t want to or if you’re not interested in the other loots. Eventually, your guild, your prospective guild and even PuGs will insist you have your upgrades. They, we, will choose someone with upgrades over you.
– Your present level 60 spells/skills are good enough. They were, now they’re not.
– Your guild didn’t have to lock up AQ loot with DKP. Ok, you don’t HAVE to lock it up, but you really don’t want some knucklehead guild applicant walking away with a spell your number one [insert class] still needs.
– You can just buy the upgraded spells/skills on the Auction House later. Ya, MUCH LATER and after guilds have outfitted their members. Even then, the price will be sky high. Enjoy.
Harsh? Yes. Unfair? Yes. Stupid? Yes.
Listen. I don’t make the rules, I just have to live with ’em. That was the writing on the wall in EQ, that will be the writing on the wall in Warcraft.
It won’t matter that we’ve killed stuff without the upgrades, every one of our guildmembers will want these — to the tune of 3 upgrades per member. For the most part, we’ll be disenchanting the equipment and farming the upgraded books. De-fucking-lightful.
Coming soon to a guild near you: Loot Drama^10.