I’m not at all surprised that today’s heirlooms won’t be extended 80-85 when the expansion hits.
I mean they’re already the end-all be-all for leveling up 1-80. It would have been absurd to think they’d change them with the expansion and let you wear those polished valor spaulders all the way to level 85. Going 5 levels without them, or even with them, isn’t even going to make much of a dent in your hitting level 85.
Now I did see a Warlock the other day in the Argent Tournament tent. Level 80. Equipped with Dreadmist robes and shoulders, wielding Darkmaster Gandling’s staff. He’s still working with the heirloom gear. (And the guild he was in are big-time raiders. Even raiders have Alts. (Hint, hint, Blizzard! Please provide more than 10 character spots with the expansion.))
Now I’m going to admit some of my decision on which heirlooms to get first was: Is this going to be useful to my level 80 character too at some point? The answer is “No.”
But leveling up my Goblin Warlock, from his first access to a mailbox, till he hits level 80, he’s going to be leveling up in style. (And riding earlier, and flying sooner, magic carpet even, and enjoying a new, a renewed, world to explore. “Time is money, friend.”)
And if the expansion won’t arrive till 2010 (which I find so hard to believe, but then again we’ve had WotLK for 9 months now) and I’ve got time enough to farm heirlooms, spares even, and transfer them to other servers.
Will there be 1-85 heirloom items? Why not? Rather than being the “Dungeon” set, they could mirror the “Tier 1″ items next. (But the absolute coolest looking shoulders had to be the Shaman Tier 2 ones, the wolves with lightning arcs. Now that would make for one spiffy heirloom piece. Maybe best to skip “Tier 1″ retreads and get the “Tier 2′s” next. I mean, what Rogue or Druid’s going to want to sport the “D-Cups” for 85 levels???)