I feel the need to vent further.
So I just read another post on Current raid content difficulty from AL over on his blog “Of Claws and Paws”.
It reminds me of BC and how I came into the game World of Warcraft late and how it was impossible for me to catch up to the rest of my raiding peers.
In BC I come out of level 70 ready to go but I have to run all these instances even though crafted or arena gear is better for me at every slot than what I can get out of them. I have to do them just to be allowed to set foot in Kara. Ok, no problem. But wait, my whole guild has to find the time to get this done… Ok, we can wait a little longer to get into Kara.
So we finally get everyone into Kara, great instance, I remember spending a whole night or 2 working on Moroes, the 2nd boss of the instance. That was fun, I also enjoy a good challenge… but as a guild we are way behind the curve of other guilds that had been 70 long before we were. It’s not necessarily that they power leveled faster just that they had already been WOW players when BC released and only had to go from 60-70… not from 0-70.
So we are behind the curve and we get through Kara. Now we have… how many more raids to do before BT? Let me count them for you.
Mind you we still need to run Kara for gear people still need.
So we raid 3 nights per week 3-4 hours per night. How the hell are we supposed to clear all those? I even left out the 2 BC world bosses (which we worked on and killed).
So to now hear people complain about the direction Blizzard has taken infuriates me.
I consider myself a good player. I play with other good players in a good guild. I research my class as well as others to improve my game and I help people when I can to improve theirs as well.
But someone explain to me where and I quote AL (no ill will toward you buddy, just trying to make a point)
Now we are left with everyone getting cheapened first place trophies.
What? No, I get it, just another way of saying anyone can clear Ulduar content except I don’t believe that is true. I don’t have the numbers but I would bet the number players that have cleared Ulduar is a very small %. To me those first place trophies are not cheap at all. Hell, where is mine?
Tell you what, consider that clearing Ulduar 25 in normal mode is a 3rd place trophy. Ulduar 25 Hard is 2nd place, and downing Algalon is 1st place.
I think we all know how many 1st place trophies are really out there… not many.
Sure some bosses in Ulduar have gotten pretty easy, but that happens when every week you do the same 6-7 bosses without fail. FL is a joke, agreed but I could care less because he is 1 boss on the way to many others. I don’t think a whole instance has to be tough. I don’t remember people complaining about how easy loot reaver was. The first boss in Hyjal was a joke as well. This is nothing new.
What is new is Blizzard attempting to make sure that at the bare minimum that their normal difficulty content can be cleared and farmed by at least decent raiders with some time to play. If not you end up with a lot of players behind the curve yet again.
I honestly believe that the next Raid will be out before we clear Ulduar or at least before we have time to farm it.
What is nice is that gear requirements from 1 raid to the next has been relaxed. We also have 10 man versions to help bridge the gear gap as well. I would hate though to jump to the next raid instance before completing Ulduar but I know that is what happened in BT as I was working in there before downing Kael in TK.
Sure Blizzard could have left in the attunements but then you have even less people getting caught up or doing content beneath their level for no reason.
So I guess bottom line is I just don’t get the disappointment coming from raiders that feel there is no challenge left in the game yet they have not completed hard mode encounters or Algalon. How is there no challenge left in the game if your guild has not completed all the possible raid content?
Seriously, the proof is in the pudding, clear all the current content then get back to me. (again, not directed at you Al :))