As we discussed at BlizzCon, we’re accomplishing this by making it so primary stats for a given piece of gear will change based on your current spec, though it’s likely that only new gear added in Warlords will work like this, as it might be impossible to implement this for all existing gear.
From the forum update on the Warlords of Draenor itemization plan (emphasis mine)
I came out in favor of the itemization revamp plans announced at BlizzCon. As somebody who hasn’t played for long enough… at least since I have come back… to be deeply invested in the current system of drops, enchants, reforging, stats, and whatever, I suppose that is easy for me to say. Still, the primary stat changing to be based on your spec… so if you need INT plate, you have INT plate, if you don’t then you don’t worry about it… seemed like a good idea.
So I was a bit disappointed when, in that post linked above in the quote, they said it probably won’t be ported backward to all previous content. But I get it. I work in software. Some things are just not worth the effort required, especially when you are moving everybody forward in any case.
Only they had to use the word “impossible” when there were so many other ways they could have put that. They could have said might be:
- too much work to accomplish before we want to ship
- too broad in scope and touches too much code to be worth considering
- so much work that it would pull people off of other things we think would be better for the game
- too boring even to assign to the interns
Hell, they could have said it was impossible to do within certain time or cost parameters. But no, they just said it might be impossible.
Which, of course, it is not. At least not for any dictionary definition of the word I’ve seen. Given enough time and effort, Blizzard could do this. That they don’t want to is fine. There are many good reasons not to. But don’t try to cover that with the word “impossible.” People aren’t going to buy it. Absolutes like that just attract scrutiny.
Worst of all though, now SynCaine will be using “Blizzard says it is impossible to re-itemize all gear in a game” as a troll for the next decade or so, and it is all your fault Blizzard!