Old School Runescape, the proudly antiquated model of RuneScape Gold that still looks and performs like the match I snapped innumerable hours into when I actually should've been studying, is getting a raid. A fantastic raid needs good rewards, so when the Theatre of Blood was announced late last year, players were anxious to see what clearing the multi-man challenge would make them. Jagex responded with Justicar armor, a new best-in-slot armor set (above). There was one small problem: players absolutely hated it.
Actually , they hated it so much , for months, the Old School community dogpiled the horn on the 2007scape subreddit and memed it into hell and backagain. They memed onto it so hard that Jagex is currently completely altering the armor's design. And not just that, the artist behind the Justicar armor,"Mod West," is using designs submitted and voted on by players. Virtually all of Old School Runescape's updates go through participant polls, but that is the first time that the suit of armor was forged in a fire of memes. The irony is that while players hated the'closing' armor revealed earlier this season, they adored the prototypes shown when the raid was declared. Initially, the Justicar armor was bulkier and part of a trio of new armor sets, West informs me, but since the Theatre of Blood went from vague concept to real material, the armor shifted with it. Participants said there was enough DPS gear but not enough tank equipment, so it was narrowed down to just one armor collection. And if they were only going to use one group, Jagex figured they might as well create a new one based on the armor worn with the raid's big bad.
"We believed changing it a little made sense," West says,"but players were not quite on board with the first proposal we shared on stream. And then, well, Reddit went crazy." The memes came hard and fast. Others thought the new armor did not look tanky enough and generously provided some alternatives, with some calling for a more drastic redesign.
It got so bad that some players started to seriously believe that a meme that the upgraded armor was by a different artist, which the artist who made the prototypes had abandoned Jagex. But then something amazing occurred. Even as memes blotted out sunlight, gradually but certainly severe suggestions began to shine through. It started with crude Photoshop tasks, but soon proper illustrations and fan art started to crop up. Players rallied around the notion of OSRS Gold For Sale a milder, blessed armor set inspired by the Runescape god Saradomin, so they went back into West's prototype designs and made some adjustments.