Interesting question from a fan about item levels and Mystic enchants. Since monster and item levels are increasing up to 70 in Reaper of Souls, and we’re going to see new and bigger affixes above those in the game today, there’s a question how that’ll work with existing gear. Can you reroll anything you own now and get a potentially bigger stat than you could today, in RoS? Such as via the Mystic?
Reason I ask is because I’m sure that some people (myself included) have legendaries that they are very happy with the effects on but that we don’t particularly want to have to re-hunt for new versions at level 70 (specifically skill cost reduction gear, cause -19 Meteor cost is hard to get).
Grimiku: This is a great question, and I have an answer that might make some of you happy. Right now, we’re currently looking at having it so that when you re-roll an affix through Enchanting, the new roll is based on your character level. So, you could re-roll a core stat (as an example) on a lower-level item, and make that item a lot more appealing to a higher level character. This will allow you to continue to use gear that you’re otherwise outgrowing, and help extend the life on some of those awesome items.
Enchanting is still a work in progress, though, so some of these details might change.
I understand that you can re-roll an affix. But can base armour and base weapon damage be re-rolled as well?
Grimiku: A lot of the details regarding Enchanting are still being finalized, and we’ll be sure to share more information about it as time goes on. We know there are a lot of questions (like this) to be discussed, and we look forward to talking more about it when we can.
Since item damage and armor defense largely stems from the base item’s level, the level 64-70 gear in RoS will be better, even if the stats aren’t bigger than those on current gear. But if you could upgrade the item level of a piece of gear, even if all of the stats remained the same, it would become a better item. Especially for weapons, where DPS is so important.
Will the devs include something like this, though?
1) No, since they want us out killing monsters and finding or making new gear in RoS; not just upgrading our current stuff.
2) On the other hand, why not? Allowing upgrades to current gear could work as a helpful stepping stone towards the new top end gear. Your upgraded Echoing Fury wouldn’t be as good as new top end gear with Mystic enchants on it, but it could help you survive and prosper until you found something new.
What say you?
Personally, I think this and all the other “what about my current gear?” questions we’ve heard lately are pissing in the wind. This sort of thing will be an issue for about a week after RoS is released, then forgotten. Very quickly in the expansion players will find, craft, or purchase upgrades for practically every slot. And if a player hasn’t it’s due to bad RNG, and in any event, we’ll all be craving new items that are so much better than any current gear that bothering to upgrade leftover D3C gear will seem pointless.
Out with the old. Adapt or die.