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Part -2 I logged back in about 10:30 est.
First, there was a huge power increase with the new tier of gear released. I'm talking Vanilla to BC, an almost tripling in stats from the former highest to the next highest. All bad right? Not so fast!
Snail also implemented a system to upgrade you gear to higher tiers! Tier 3-4-5, once at 5 you can even reroll the stats! Pure win, by the time the new school instances where unlocked (there was a day long unlocking event), I had 6 pieces of upgraded gear. The most incredible thing is that it was waaay cheaper than I expected. I still spent a nice bit of silver, but far less that I predicted. My gear is better than it's ever been.
Around the time I got done with upgrades, the school instances where unlocked. Snail does not skimp when it comes to instances, you will not see a Trail of Champions one room style instance. Again the place was out doors and HUGE. I think there where about 6 bosses. On top of those bosses there where atleast 5 puzzles. It took 3 of us (4 man max instance) about 3 hours to complete. We will probably be able to get it down to about an hour now that we understand how the puzzles work. They also implemented an individual loot system for these dungeons. At the end most people where able to buy 1 skill from the new "Ultimate School Sets" when they finished.
Finish for me was 5:20 am after my gf called down to me and said "WTF are you doing!?"
Let's see what today brings!