A Ward by any other name…
So if you’ve watched all the video footage from Baltimore over at Warhammer Alliance, then you’ll already know that the Ward system is changing. (What do you mean you haven’t watched it yet? Get over there right meow!) Here’s a quick rundown of the basic information that has been supplied so far.
The term “sigil” got thrown around but it’s hard to tell if that’s referring to a set of specific wards or if the name is changing completely.
Wards will now be linked to your Tome and not to specific armor pieces. What this means is once you unlock a ward in your tome, you can wear any armor piece you want and aren’t locked in to that specific set-piece. This is huge. I’m on the fence about it though. One the one hand, I love that I can wear anything, or nothing, and be warded. On the other hand, I can see people min-maxing setups that weren’t intended for certain dungeons and just ripping thru them like they weren’t even there. We’ll see what happens.
Unlocking your wards will happen in a variety of ways. Just like now, looting the corresponding armor piece will get you that ward unlocked in your Tome. However, if you kill the Boss that drops that piece X times and never get the piece, you’ll still unlock the ward. Nice. Also, you don’t even have to go near dungeons if you don’t want to. There will be RvR goals for unlocking wards as well.
Keep in mind though, just because you can unlock wards and wear any armor you want doesn’t mean said armor sets won’t be desirable. Ultimately what this option seems to allow is for us as players to decide how we want to gear up our characters without being locked into certain paths for certain content.
Right about now, I’m hating that I just deleted my “of Ruin” set as it was one of my favorite sets on my Ironbreaker, but it had no wards. I may have to go farm pieces again. :p
As always, once we get specifics on exactly how this will work, I’ll update the appropriate posts. So, expect to see some major revisions to my Armor Guide soon, above what I already had planned for it apparently….as if I didn’t have enough to do to it. hehe