Blizzard hasn’t been having the tidiest of years – at least when it comes to inventory space in their flagship RPGs. Be it Diablo IV or World of Warcraft; we’ve been up to our shoulder plates in junk: gems, materials, quest what’s-its. It’s about time for a little housekeeping, and this time we’re looking at the Crests used for upgrading items in World of Warcraft.
Whereas Season 2’s Shadowflame Crests, and their associated fragments, took up 8 combined bag spaces, Season 3’s upgrade crests, called “Dreaming Crests,” are moving to the currency tab. Dreaming Crests also don’t have fragments, they come in easily digestible whole numbers for ease of use. The four Dreaming Crests follow the previous naming convention and are as follows:
- Whelpling’s Dreaming Crest
- Drake’s Dreaming Crest
- Wyrm’s Dreaming Crest
- Aspect’s Dreaming Crest
For those unsure, Crests are used to upgrade items within a certain “tier” of power. Previously (in Season 1), you could run the lowest level of endgame content ad-nauseum and get the one and only upgrade currency – Valor. You could then spend this easily obtained Valor to upgrade your lowly gear all the way to the upper heights of the item level cap. It was.. counterintuitive, to say the least, and also rewarded players who didn’t bother to learn the mechanics of challenging content with pinnacle gear.
Crests were a compromise to this system: you can only get the right Crest to upgrade your gear by pushing yourself to do slightly harder content. The fragment system was, in my opinion, overly convoluted, so I’m glad that’s been done away with. Saving bag space is a nice change, too.
More changes are on the way for World of Warcraft and we don’t have to wait too long until Blizzcon this November.