#1 - Feb. 23, 2017, 8:47 p.m.
The Developer Q&A Today introduced some changes to the Legendary System that we had no information about previously, but they were incomplete in regards to how they would work with the rest of the system.
Ion mentioned that "Legendary drop chance and Bad Luck Protection" will be much more tied to SPEC instead of character. Specifically, that if you were to switch to an offspec that you had 0 legendaries for, then the system would consider you at 0 legendaries for the purposes of base drop chance and BLP.
That's awesome, but it leads to a few questions, and clarification on these would be much appreciated.
1) How does the above work in regards to Non-spec-based Legendaries (like Shard of Exodaar for mages, who works for all 3 specs. Does it account for ALL specs, or just the one that it was dropped on?
2) Very similar to the above, how do items like Prydaz/Sephuz/Kil'jaeden DPS/etc work under this system? Does it count for the spec it dropped on, or for all specs?
3) The PTR has had "Unidentified <Class> Legendary" items in its database for a while, and it's been speculated that these were a 'failsafe' for people accidentally getting a legendary in the 'wrong spec' and blowing their accrued Bad Luck Protection -- are these unidentified items still going live, are they going to be scrapped in light of the spec-based droprate/BLP ? If they are going live, is it intended behavior that people could play offspecs with low number of legendaries, or none, get these items quickly (since the first 2 legendaries drop faster), and then swap to their 'main spec' as a way to get a few more legendaries 'quickly' (in comparison to the norm) ?
4) How does BLP 'acquisition' work under this new spec-based system? Do I 'build up' BLP for all specs as I play, or only for the one currently set as my Loot Specialization? If it builds for all of them, this has possible unintended consequences, where once I get an item in 1 spec, I know I should swap to the others and get items 'relatively fast' since the BLP is built up a fair bit (assuming it wasn't RNGesus giving you an item very very early on)
Thank you for reading, I know a lot of these questions border on "gaming the system", but I think it's important to understand how these things work.