As you’ll know, once you get to CR 40 & RR40, you’ve still got 40RRs to go before you’re truly king of the virtual castle. Now that translates into 4 tiers of armour and weapons, which I’m sure we all appreciate seems to make an unhealthy difference in the prognosis of a long and happy life for your chosen character (Lets ignore skill levels for the sake of expediency). So obviously the prospect of another 2 more tiers of equipment would normally just exacerbate the problem, but Mythic may well have been cunning, possibly as cunning as fox.
Mythic have said they will flatten the RP curve up to RR80, so instead of climbing like the north face of the Eiger, it’s hopefully more like a days walk up Snowden (A hill/mountain in Wales). Of course I’d imagine that getting through RR81 – 100, will back to Eiger like steepness. Now what this may mean and I could be getting ahead of myself, is that ultimately we will all be separated by 2/3 tiers of gear. There is of course the provision that you’ll be on your jack jones or in a pug, and your opponents may well be in a group of death, but at least the issue with equipment is minimised and the only viable excuse will be the various skill levels.
The other master stroke, which I only realised when brushing my teeth last week, was that because the RR80 – 90, 90 – 100 armour sets conveyed no stat bonuses, thereby allowing the tyrant and sovereign armour sets to remain desirable pieces of kit, with their drop locations/content, places that still needed to be visited. Mythic the cunning bastards have not gone and cannibalized their older content to make the new tiers of armour work. It gave me a rare smile, because Blizzard might want to learn a lesson from that, in their constant arms race. Not sure if Mythic could pull it off a second time, but it’s still nicely done.
I’m sure others had already deduced this all, but I was quite pleased with myself. It does me good to exercise the old gray matter once in a while. Of course until I see the new distribution of the RPs required for each RR, then I could well be blowing smoke out of my ass, but you have to admit it’s an opportunity to reduce the arms race a little.