ittle hint, eh eh?) I am asking myself: where is new pvp gear?
You want to know in what state AOC is in right now? Log onto TL server and you will see people wearing ONLY tier2 gear. PVE crap.
So in a environment where players are given unlimited access to all the gear (and it is what TL does) overwhelming majority of population will gear up with tier 2 FOR PVP DUELS! Now how sick is that?
What is even more confusing is that next tier pvp gear is already in game:
Those screenies doesn't ring a bell? Well check this out:
That's righ! We have seen this concept art in one of the articles by FC published back in the day...2008! I might sound like a broken record over here, but I have gladly joined AOC for it's distinction: PVE gear for PVE and PVP gear for PVP (its a complex concept, but I think we can manage that). With new tier 3 coming live whatever "pure pvpers" can scrape together (meaning: full pvp set which is a BITCH to get) will be horribly outclassed by ...PVE gear. That means that in order to stay competitive (and lets face it: that is exacly what PVP is - competition) people would have to join raids to grind PVE stuff so they can enjoy PVP later.
This is totally not what I have signed up for - gimme my next tier and make it so awesome that PVErs will cry. Please?
The only explanation I can think of for not going live with lvl 6 pvp gear is the fact that grinding lvl6 in old school and fair way would take shit load + d20 ammount of time. A lot.
To sum it up: I can bet that whenever pvp gear is coming (more than 15 weeks after tier 3 goes live? probably) people will be using it for several months already before hardest of the hardcore gain their next tier pvp gear. There will be something to cry about for sure :D