The Daily Grind: Has there ever been MMO loot you desperately wanted but never got?

    
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Throughout the course of my MMO play, I’ve found that some loot I’ve craved is simply never meant to be. Sometimes it’s an expensive cash-shop item I just can’t bring myself to pay through the nose to acquire. Sometimes it’s a random drop that’s eluded me no matter how long I’ve farmed for it. Right now, I have a few items on my bucket list, including a specific Guild Wars 2 outfit that doesn’t return to the cash-shop often and a set of paintings, a vehicle, and a house that still haven’t been added to Star Wars Galaxies Legends. I suppose both of those are beyond my control. But other items, I’ve simply had to give up on because I hated the farming or the RNG more than I wanted the item. It’s just math, see.

So for today’s Daily Grind, tell me your sad story: Tell me about the loot that got away, the MMO thing you wanted but never got your hands on! Has there ever been MMO loot you desperately wanted but never got?

Every morning, the Massively Overpowered writers team up with mascot Mo to ask MMORPG players pointed questions about the massively multiplayer online roleplaying genre. Grab a mug of your preferred beverage and take a stab at answering the question posed in today’s Daily Grind!

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Ernost
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Ernost

That flying skeleton horse from Stratholme in WoW. I ran that dungeon so many times but never got it. Eventually I decided it just wasn’t worth it.

kjempff
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kjempff

Desperately is maybe too big a wordto use, but I am sure there has been a few things, just can’t seem to name any right now.
But as a general note. The hunt for an item(or otherwise) that I wan’t is a very important part of why I play mmorpgs. From discovering that it exist to the expectation of the hunt/adventure to the ups and downs trying to get there and finally to the feeling of accomplishment….. It is why I play mmorpgs … Itis why I dislike point systems and buying things in shops … The game needs to provide me these things and adventures through playing the game, in order to make the game good (for me) – Obviosly not as a on-rails experience, but as content and challenge that I choose to do.

MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

Back in WotLK on WoW I tried to acquire that weapon that required you to harvest souls or something to power it up…I don’t even remember the name of it, but it was a really rare drop. I struggled through that dungeon that dropped it with numerous PUG’s and saw it drop a total of 3 times…and fail rolled every single time, even though I’d told the people at the beginning that was what I was there for…I started to get really annoyed with people purposely rolling on it…so I gave up trying. People make me hate humanity.

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Dwarf-Orc

I grinded my eyes out for the Heart of Thorns beta access token, I went full sunk cost fallacy on it, and never got it. I was sick of those maps for years.

MurderHobo
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MurderHobo

Not that I can recall.

If I wanted it, I did the work to get it. If I couldn’t get it myself, I usually had something useful to swap or a favor to call in.

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Dankey Kang

Yeah, this: https://www.wowhead.com/item=17076/bonereavers-edge

Back when I used to raid, big time, I went to every single Molten Core the guild did, must have killed Raggy over 25 times and had thousands of DKP so any drop I wanted was pretty much a guarantee, but alas the sword never dropped and eventually I lost interest.

Real talk: RNG is a terrible system for loot that only ever results in frustration, but at the same time without RNG everyone is walking around with the gear you covet and then the magic is lost.

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NeoWolf

I was a WoW casual, I loved the stories, and even liked the aesthetic… but the games main pull was raiding and dungeons etc.. it wasn’t me who was predominantly a soloer. However every few years I would (and do) revisit the game and it was more and more amenable for me… because as my levels crept up I knew eventually I would out level the grouped content and finally be able to solo it and get the cosmetics and mounts and all the good stuff inside

And indeed for a time I was… and I was soloing raids without issue (only some of the Pandaren ones I couldn’t solo), but then they went an added level scaling for dungeons and raids.. and boom I was cut off… so yeah there are still cosmetics and mount dro[ps I wanted that I never got and now likely never will.

The irony being once upon a time I thought scaling content was the answer to most MMO’s content issues, the reality sadly is that scaled group content is still group content and therefore not soloable lol, Of course, some games get around this by adding soloable versions of group content, but not many.

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Anstalt

Luckily I’m able to get the overwhelming majority of what I want.

There was one pocket item I wanted during Moria, was a very low drop chance from a 6man dungeon. It wouldn’t have made much difference to my build but it was best in slot under certain circumstances. Luckily, the instance was quite fun and loads of people wanted the loot so was easy to get groups. Probably did that dungeon 50+ times, eventually got the item.

Then there’s WAR…..

At launch, the loot system was so stupid that I could barely get anything I wanted. In keep fights, you’re competing against 100 other players for a loot bag, but even if you got a loot bag, chances of it containing something you wanted was low. PvE was worse, we very frequently would complete a dungeon without a single player getting any loot that was useful. This is one of things that drove me from the game (power gaps ruined balanace, so being denied loot due to RNG meant never being competitive).

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Akagi

Lime Odyssey. I really wanted to play it, there was a CBT, I couldn’t get a key, then they decided not to launch the game.

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NecroFox4

WoW’s Brewfest Ram mount… My best friend Paul and I used to farm the crap out of the event endlessly, on every character we had, on every server, trying to get that mount. Then one day, a couple of years ago, my wife got hers. We were all terribly jealous, and she taunted us regularly.

Then last year, I finally got mine. We kept running with my buddy Paul, trying to get him his. He tried and tried, but to no avail. Years and years of trying, but it never dropped for him.

It was always a fun time of year for us. We would joke about how Brewfest was coming up, and he could look forward to endlessly grinding away the event for another season without getting his mount. He always had choice words for us. Many text messages and Discord screenshot posts of us on our Rams were sent. He was a great sport about it. It always made for a solid laugh.

Sadly, last year’s Brewfest was the last chance Paul would get.

Paul was killed by an impaired driver on April 23rd this year.

I don’t play retail any more. But I’ll be subbing and taking a memorial ride for Paul on my Ram this fall, when Brewfest drops again.

Rest easy, brother.

camren_rooke
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camren_rooke

I am sorry for your loss.

It speaks to who he was that he is remembered by you.

Thank you for sharing your memories of him with us.

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Rolan Storm

Condolences, man.