What do Fragments of Val’anyr, Festergut and Rotface’s Acidic Blood, and Eternal Embers all have in common?
I have all of them in my bank.
It seems, you see, that I am fated to be the legendary bridesmaid.
I’m the *second* person in a raid in line to get a legendary weapon. Which, with my raids, means the person who has an assortment of legendary bits and bobs, but no actual weapons. I’m not really too put out about it, since in each instance we either only barely crafted one (Val’anyr) or didn’t actually ever finish them anyway (Shadowmourne and Dragonwrath), but it’s still an odd collection to have hanging around.
At least I managed to get a Rhok’delar! (Which, by the way, I’m super glad ISN’T actually Legendary, because then I can transmog it over my other stuff!) I was second in line to get that one too (or maybe third?), but it required more work on my part than it required the work of a whole raid to gather drops.
I don’t know if I agree completely with BoK that Legendaries cause more trouble than they’re worth, but I know a number of people who hold that view. Maybe part of that is the raids I’ve been part of haven’t had the loot drama issues that seem to come up a lot elsewhere: Zalbuu and I determined who would get the first Val’anyr by having a naked fistfight on the steps of Ulduar, for example, and we only have one rogue in my 10 man raid.
I like the idea of Legendary weapons though – things that are rare and really special to get. I also really like the lore that usually surrounds them – the quest chains are pretty epic. But sometimes I wonder if the Quel’delar model (or Rhok’delar/Benediction) isn’t more sustainable in the long run, and less likely to promote drama. While they do still require luck and/or a raid to get started, they’re largely a solo effort to complete, and they’re not SO epic that you can’t end up with more than one in a raid (Dragonwrath aside). As well, they’re usually replaced more quickly, so there’s less hurt feelings if someone doesn’t get one.
On the other hand, there’s something really special about having one of the original Legendaries. Very few people have the Twin Blades of Azzinoth, and it’s definitely a mark of pride and achievement to have them.
I guess I’m on the fence about Legendaries. I mean – I’ve kept all the various bits of them instead of trashing them, so obviously they hold SOME value. But I really do treasure that Rhok’delar too.
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