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In lieu of World of Warcraft's newest
expansion; Warlords of Draenor, a giant content patch will be
bringing in a massive amount of changes to the game we love. Most of
these changes have been pretty good, with only a few causing a giant
groan of dissent from the community. However, one of the more recent
announcements concerning the next expansion is raising more than a
few eyebrows; the removal of item upgrading in Patch 6.0.

Goodbye Item Upgrading in Patch 6.0

As mentioned above, the announcement I
am speaking of is the total and utter removal of the item upgrading
feature from the game. Yes, you read that correctly, item upgrading
will be going the way of the dinosaur in World of Warcraft: Patch
6.0. There will be no changing, reworking, or rebooting this
particular system, it will be totally and utterly obliterated from
the game.

Of course, the effects of item
upgrading will remain in the game even after you can no longer
upgrade items. Items that have already been upgraded, prior to patch
6.0, will remain in their current upgraded state. So if you really
want some of your items upgraded, now is the time to get it done.
Wait too long and you will miss out entirely, so break out those
Valor points and get upgrading.

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An Unnecessary Complication

In all honesty, I am not sad to see
item upgrading go. In fact, I might even throw a little party
celebrating it's departure. I am sure there are some players that
will mourn the loss of this particular game feature, but I will not
be one of them.

You see, while some people found the
idea of upgrading their gear “fun”, I saw it as just another
chore that needed to be done with what should have been perfectly
good gear. To me, getting a great new piece of gear and then having
to run out and reforge, enchant, gem, and upgrade it, before I could
even consider using it, took a little of the glow away from getting
that brand new item. Worse, unlike gemming and enchanting, these
things couldn't be done directly in the raid.

Back in the day, getting a new piece of
gear was one of the most exciting parts of the game. Seeing that
piece drop was nothing short of amazing. You sometimes even didn't
even wait till you had it enchanted to throw it on, because it was
just that good. With reforging and item upgrading in the mix,
these new pieces of gear don't leave much to get excited about.

That is, not until you spend a ton of
valor points and much time rearranging remaking that piece into
something totally different than what originally dropped. Basically,
with all these systems in place, a new piece of gear feels almost
totally and completely useless, until it has a lot of work done to
it. This seems really silly to me. Would you buy a new car and expect to
have to completely revamp it to make it work? I certainly
wouldn't, yet this is what these systems are asking us to do.

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Item Levels Galore

Besides undermining the value of a
brand new piece of gear, item upgrading introduced more item levels
than any one game really needs. As if trying to keep up with which
item level is the best wasn't hard enough, item upgrading made things
even more complicated. It makes sense that with Warlords of Draenor
incoming and a new era of simplification rolling in, that frumpy,
cluttered, systems like item upgrading are being ushered out the

The Fate of Valor Points

Speaking of frumpy, cluttered, and
outdated systems, Valor points may be directly affected by the
removal of item upgrading. Currently, the only use for these points
seems to be to upgrade gear. Otherwise, these points have become
something of a nonessential. Without the item upgrade system in
place, it seems logical that Valor Points will also eventually be
removed totally from the game. Or perhaps Blizzard will take pity on
them and give them another use. Which road the developers will choose
remains to be seen, all we can safely say is that something major
will need to be done with Valor Points in Patch 6.0 or beyond.

Good Riddance to Bad Rubbish

Even if the removal of systems like
reforging and item upgrading spell the demise of Valor Points, I
still stand behind the decision. Based on all the points I have made
here, these systems are, in my opinion, nothing more than busy work.
They add nothing to the game except unnecessary complications and
take the raw joy out of getting a new piece of gear, an essential
part of the raiding experience. While I may be one of the few who
feel this way now, I think that after they are gone, fans of these
systems may realize that they don't miss them after all.

How do you feel about the removal of
the item upgrade system in Patch 6.0? Do you think Valor Points will
also be removed from the game? What other game features should be
removed? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

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Last Updated: Mar 29, 2016

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