Legion is just in the alpha stage still but a flurry of new legendary items have been added. Some of them have amazingly powerful while some of them seem borderline useless or completely situational. It would be wrong to assume this is how the legendary items will go live but I still wonder what impact they might have on game play.
You already see people saying "they will not be mandatory" but anyone that plays the game knows they absolutely will be mandatory, at least for anyone that actually wants to play their character to the best of their ability. Sure you can clear mythic in 700 item level, but if you could get to 730 before you do, who wouldn't? Everyone wants a boost. Especially when they will be extremely powerful as these will be and even more so because anyone can get these, from the most casual of casual players to the most die hard progression raider. So disregard anyone that says "they will not be mandatory", they do not understand how truly mandatory these will be. And that is my own problem with them.
If you look over a list of some of these legendary items you will see how insanely powerful some of them are. Even if they are toned down some before release you would have to believe they will still be something that will have an effect on raiding. Enough so that people will indeed want them.
So lets look at the much bigger picture. Whoever gets lucky enough to have them drop will have the advantage in progression. Be it for world first, server first or even being just a normal guild pushing through normal. You can't say that if they are that powerful it they will not help a raid team down bosses. And going for a first, or even just normal kills and making them easier, will be helped a great deal by the power of these items.
With that in mind, the fact they really will have a huge impact on raids blizzard has two routes they can go. They can either design and balance the raids around people not having the legendary items and the groups that get lucky enough to get them will over power them and make them trivial so fast or they can design the raids around needing the legendary items.
Which do you think blizzard will choose? Seeing how they handled the cape and the ring I am 100% certain that they will design and balance the raids to require the legendary items. Not only because the have shown a history already with of design with legendary items in mind but because they are not going to do anything to adversely effect the top 0.001% of the game that might be aiming for world first. If they do not design the raids to require the legendary items then whichever guild was lucky enough to snag the most of them while leveling will steamroll their way to world first. So they have to design the raid around the legendary items being needed to down them.
Now... if the raids are designed around the legendary items being needed to down the content guess what that means? It means they are mandatory for raiding. At least if you want to down stuff before you over gear it by other means of drops, upgrades or what have you.
That is my one real problem with so many legendary items and them being so damn powerful. Raids will need to be designed around needing them which means we will be forced to farm for them if we want to be the best we can be. But really, even if raids were not designed and balanced around needing them we would still want them to make our characters better, this is true. But there is a huge difference between farming your butt of to try to get an upgrade you want and having to farm your butt off to get an upgrade that you need. I would rather want the legendary than need the legendary.
But hey, it is just alpha, they might even remove the legendary items all together before they release legion, who knows. But I would not count on it. Blizzard has a habit of swinging the pendulum too far in one direction or another. We went from staying in our garrison all expansion to swinging the other way where we will be out in the world mindlessly killing everything all day every day until we get that ultra rare legendary drop that is mandatory if we want to be considered a "good" raider.
What do you think of all these legendary items being so powerful? What do you think it will impact?