Square-Enix finally announced Trial of the Magians armor trials today! They must have known I was bitching about it yesterday or the day before. ;-P
The first two subtopics are mostly expected.
Weaponskills that are actually worth using would be a nice change over the past few batches we've gotten. Sure things like Drakesbane and King's Justice are good for lolDRG and WAR, but Ascetic's Fury and Blade: Yu have been nothing to write home about. If Square-Enix could figure out how to make people /shout to find Black Mages for EXP, then I'm sure they're capable of making a Katana Weaponskill that's worth a shit.
Anyway, the Armor trials look promising. From the sounds of it "AF3" is going to be a base set that you do trials to build up to awesomeness. I'm curious how we'll obtain the base pieces though? Hopefully, if you have high Repuation in Abyssea and some Cruor you can get the piece, flag the trial, and be on your way.
Worst case scenario they're randomly in locked chests in Abyssea and the era of random group Abyssean EXP is completely fucked because random people tend to be greedy, thieving fucktards. There's a little of that now with people saying, "Whoops, I didn't know the Ex thing in the chest everyone just /random'd for wasn't for me!" But who really cares that much about Dark Rings? Having to deal with people /random'ing for PUP AF3 for their own amusement that haven't unlocked the job would be irritating as well.
As for the last two subtopics...
That horrifying noise was me buying Magian Spectacles.
Also, on September 23rd (the update will be the 21st) there's going to be Emergency Maintenance breaking them in Western Altepa Desert for camping KV and fixing that you can get the Tier III VNM Electroluminescent Abyssite in Abyssea-Attowha Chasm using them.
And last bit I'll get the tiny violin ready for:
Yet again SE is revising some of the trials. Which can only be a good thing. Unless they nerf killshots on BST pets. In which case it would be massive fucking suck. There will of course be some Q_Qery by people who walked uphill both ways through three feet of snow to complete trials, but it's to be expected. The biggest adjustments will probably be to the "Turn in 30 Chloris Buds" (or whatever) trials that take a lot of drops from harder to pop Notorious Monsters.
I'm hoping the Light and Dark elemental finishing blow requirements are lowered. Trying to get a Dark potency staff at the moment is very not-fun sounding. (The early trials for a Cure Potency staff look similarly sucky.)
There's a number of trials I've done or looked into that simply aren't viable to complete now and probably won't be (assuming everything Easy Prey now stays that way at level 90) at 90. Kill 200 Soulflayers under Thunder day/weather? Yeah. I'll pass.
So overall I'd say this was a decent teaser blurb. Not overly ambiguous like many are. And it announced some cool stuff. There wasn't even any painfully horrible alliteration. Well done, Square-Enix!
Update: If you want to see the very sad old graphic, here it is:
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