No, you perverts! I’m not pondering the latest love triangle presented in the most recent Twilight film. :P
What I am talking about though is choosing how to gear up. Largely, I am curious on how many people pass over upgrades waiting for that one item they desperately want to drop.
Why am I curious about this? Well, because we are starting to see a lot of things that I believe to be upgrades for folks head to the shard bin and I want to know why. I suspect it is because people would rather have item x and don’t want to have other loot on their record that might prevent them from obtaining the sought out item when it does drop.
For example, I picked up a ring last night from the gunship battle that was a very minor upgrade to my 258 ring, but an upgrade nonetheless. I had known that it was somewhere on my list of “good things” to pick up at some point, but previously we had seen lots of interest from our DPS casters trying to nab it up, so I had largely just written it off figuring I’d wait for the ring from Sindragosa at some point down the line that itemized spirit over crit.
Imagine my surprise last night when the ring was in the chest and nobody sent a tell requesting the item. I thought to myself “well, I’m sure not going to let it just rot”, and so I picked it up. But then I got to thinking, why had nobody asked for it? I mean, I know that it’s a very well itemized ring for caster dps having haste, crit and spell power. But what had all of the sudden made it so undesirable that where I had 5 tells on it the first time we saw it, I had zero tells on it the third time?
I suspect the answer is pretty simple: Coveted Loot.
People sometimes seem to set their eye on that one item that shines so bright it blinds them from acquiring other things that would be upgrades for them. While this is all fine and good, it really starts to irk me when people let things go to the shard bin that would have been an upgrade, and that they will in fact ask for the next time it drops after they have obtained their coveted item.
To be fair, I also set my loot priorities, and when things drop I will prioritize when I ask for them, but I also won’t let anything be sharded that is on my list and is an upgrade for me. That just seems wasteful and silly!
So I am curious! Do you hold out or do you take your upgrades as they come? Would you let an upgrade shard just to have a better chance at something down the road?