Frequently Disputed Items.
Now, whilst the roll bonus system above works well on the majority of items in LFR, due to the nature of some classes and the nature of the loot drop, there are some items that prove a weakness within the current LFR loot system. I will detail some of them below and explain why these items are frequently disputed by many players leading to claims that the system is broken. The system is not broken, it is being as fair as it can within the current technical constraints that exist. I will also take this opportunity to point out, that there have been five changes/tweaks/updates to this loot system since it’s introduction not so long ago and I have no doubt there will be more which will hopefully, in time, improve the situation for all concerned.Petrified Fungal Heart
This item, to a large number of people would automatically be deemed “Healer Loot”. However, this is not the case. Let me explain…
To Balance Druids, Shadow Priests and Elemental Shamans, the spirit on this item becomes Hit rating. This therefore makes the item as desirable for them as it is for healers.
The problem with this item, is that it needs to be enabled for the role of Healer and the role of DPS for the reason above. So, in effect, keeping in mind what I have explained earlier, the system performs the checks of whether their class is appropriate and then whether their role is appropriate and allocates the +100 roll bonus on these checks.
Sadly, this means that an Enhancement Shaman and Feral DPS Druid will have a +100 bonus on this item.
Breaking this down, An Elemental Shaman and an Enhancement Shaman are both Shamans and both DPS, so within the current constraints of the system, both are applied the roll bonus. Here is where my earlier statement of “Talent Spec is not
something that the loot system can monitor ongoing during a raid. It is something we would all like, however it is simply something that is not yet possible. For this reason, the ROLE the player selects when the player joins the LFR system is used to ascertain their loot priority.” comes into play. It is not ideal, but is not avoidable within the current system. Timepiece of the Bronze Flight
Again, to most, you would say “Healer Shield”. However, just as above an Elemental Shaman can use this shield, as such it needs to be DPS enabled which sometimes means a Retribution Paladin will win it, as he is a Paladin(Shield user) and DPS. The same constraints as the item above applies. Ledger of Revolting Rituals
This item is enabled for Druids & Priests only. Some Shamans and Paladins would argue that this is an ideal item for them, but whilst the shield above exists, Blizzard felt it was an unfair advantage that Paladins and Shamans would have the choice of four off hand healing items, whereas Druids & Priests only have two. For this reason the offhand is restricted to Druids & Priests only which means all four healing classes have one possible offhand each.Vial of Shadows
and Wrath of Unchaining
As these items need to be enabled in such a way that Feral Druids and Enhancement Shamans can receive a roll bonus, Druid DPS and Shaman DPS are enabled meaning that Balance Druids and Elemental Shamans also receive a roll bonus.
There are doubtless others, which I will happily add in to this post should any player request an explanation in this thread.