[April Fool] Blizzard's April Fools Present: Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number

  • Date: 04-01-2010 Views:

    KeyWords: World of Warcraft, Equipment-Ranking System, preview, Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number, Blizzard

  • Summary: No doubt that in MMOs, equipment is one of the aspect that players are most concerned about. It is such an exciting thing to compare equipments and weapons with friends or other players when you just got something great from a raid. Well, Blizzard is so considerate of its players that a brand new stat-system has been well prepared in WoW - the Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number. And a detailed preview is also available.

No doubt that in MMOs, equipment is one of the aspect that players are most concerned about. It is such an exciting thing to compare equipments and weapons with friends or other players when you just got something great from a raid. Well, Blizzard is so considerate of its players that a brand new stat-system has been well prepared in WoW - the Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number. And a detailed preview is also available. Below is the preview(Source: Blizzard). Have fun.

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Increasing your number is simple: Just loot stuff. No questions asked.

With this new system, you'll no longer have to wonder about your perceived or actual worth as a player. Your Equipment Potency EquivalencE Number, automatically derived from the quality of the gear you currently possess, will be placed on your character sheet and in the Armory, and also displayed over your character's head in-game as an easy-to-read bar-like object that steadily grows as you acquire loot. Thanks to this new system, no one will be able to ignore the fruits of your long, hard journey toward gear perfection.

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Just a quick glance will tell you whose number is larger.

How Your Number Is Determined

Here's how it will work: With every new piece of gear you obtain, your number will grow; if you attain a high enough number, you'll graduate to the next tier (more on that below) and gain access to exclusive rewards. If you're looking to boost your number even more, activities such as earning raid and Arena achievements or realm-first titles will help you get it up, and you'll also begin receiving in-game mail with exciting offers for additional ways to enhance it.

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A sad farewell...

Player Potency Tiers

To complement this system, we plan to use an updated version of the phasing technology introduced in Wrath of the Lich King to automatically place players in segregated tiers based on their number. Each tier will comprise all players within a certain number range, and players will only be able to group with, talk to, or see other players in the same tier as themselves. To ensure players with a smaller number will not be shafted by this new system, we plan to introduce a wide variety of new solo content for less well-equipped players.