The new crown gear seemed to be all the buzz on Twitter yesterday in the Wizard101 circles, and it's also definitely being discussed on Central and on other blogs, so I thought I'd throw out some commentary and present them to you all in case you haven't seen them.
NOTE: Remember this is the test realm and all things are subject to change before implementation into the game. So, hey, if you've got a guff with this crown gear, now is the time to speak up!
First up we have the Elven Attire coming in at the price of 1500 crowns on Test.
You know, these are not horrible for level 5 crowns gear. I do like that we have access to fire elf mutates out the door. That should have happened like 3 years ago!
I am a little underwhelmed with pretty much all the looks of the new crown gear. It feels a little like someone just slapped stats on a preexisting outfit and then they stuck it in the game. Why not make the fire elf costume look even more like the costume that the elves on Firecat Alley wear and bump the price a bit? Over sized elf shoes? Exaggerated Robin Hood feather cap? No?
Next is the Puppetmaster gear for 5000 crowns.
If you could cast all three minions from this set at one time, it would be a soloists dream come true. You're definitely not gaining access to minion cards too early with a level 35+ requirement . . . in fact if anything the level requirement on those is five levels too high. The sacrifice minion for pips card is somewhat a waste on this set. By level 30 you're wielding a +power pip wand and the small benefit of cast a one pip death minion back to back with the sacrifice minion spell wouldn't really help you out much for powering up.
The +11 universal resist from this set is VERY interesting and is probably the most awesome feature of this set. The Masquerade look is . . . ok . . . but again, I'm kind of underwhelmed by the look of this set. Meh. Could you at least put some cool pattern or tattoo on that face mask. Yeah, I get that it looks kind of like the puppetmaster, but . . . wouldn't a zoo keeper outfit be just as apropos?
For you sneaky types there's the Swindlers gear for 2000 crowns.
I like this set. Krokotopia is when mobs start putting up shields . . . especially tower shields, so those shoes are pretty nice. I like that they are basically granting us access to a lot of great utility spells from other classes. If you look at the spread here, you have a fire spell, a death spell, and an ice spell all in one set. I dare say if I was a level 15 necromancer again, this would be a crown set I'd spring for.
I like the look, but again, it's recycled. A new look to go with a new crowns set would be amazing. Gimmie a cool gambit look any day.
The lost Ninja Pig outfit is back and better than ever--here is your Baconator outfit going for an astounding 12500 crowns.
Ok, by far the best gear for just heading in the right direction. You've got crit, you've got power, you've got a cool look, you've got universal shielding, you've got a polymorph card . . . this set just does it all.
This set does it for me.
Keep heading in this direction, KI, and you'll make a lot of money. In fact, go back through all this new crown gear and tack on power boosts to ALL of them NOW because that, my friends, is inspiring. Much MUCH more than the old Beastmaster set.
Here's the bird caller set at 3000 crowns for you flighty types.
Meh. The shoes are great for an ice wizard. BUT, imagine this set with large feathers running down the sleeves instead of this recycled Grizzleheim look.
And finally, hello Lifeforce Blade! cha-ching 5000 crowns please!
OH YEAH, look at that compared to my Cursed Staff . . . difference? Block. Nice change. PVP'ers will eat this sword up.
So, that's enough from me . . . what do you all think about the new crowns gear? I hope I wasn't too harsh or sounded too cranky, but I guess I just expect that if they're going to do it . . . why not do it right? Why just tack it on and throw in it the game? Why recycle these looks and not really give us something unique?
You know what set I'd love to see them dump into the game? A blade runner set that has some super awesome blade spell cards on every piece and gives me an Ironman look ala the speed boost shoes. That thing would sell like HOTCAKES, YO!
Here's my next question for readers . . . (first question was what you think of the new crowns gear, remember?) If you were to mix and match different pieces of these five sets, what would your resulting combination be?