Last night my guild cleared Trial of the Crusader 10-man, in fact, we one-shot Anub’arak. You may expect a “Whooop!”, but my first reaction was rather a disappointed “Meh…”. I’m really starting to get worried about the way raids seems to be heading. By know you’re probably realizing this is going to be yet another rant/QQ-post, but bear with me.
As far as I’m aware, CC was supposed to be the next raid tier. Then why on earth is every single boss in there, perhaps with the Faction Chumps as the exception, easier than pretty much all bosses in Ulduar? “Oy, you’re forgetting about the Heroic version!”, yes, yes, I know, heroic. But heroic is supposed to be comparable to hard modes, isn’t it? I guess in way they are. From what I’ve heard they’re plenty challenging. My only problem is the lack of variation. Correct me if I’m wrong here, but the heroic mode just slightly changes some parts of the boss-fights, and adds a ton of DPS and HP to the bosses? I’ve always thought of hard-modes to be “Ok”, but nothing more. At least they changed the way the fight worked and you had to some degree change your tactics. With CC-10 I’m afraid it’s gonna feel like the old TBC-grind where you had to do the normals over and over, then the heroics over and over if you wanted to progress.
Blizzard did say that this would be smaller patch raid-wise compared to Ulduar, which was the biggest instance they’ve ever made. This was mostly due to the new BG, Isle of Conquest. I’ve would have been completely fine with the PvP-ers getting a bit more love for once if it weren’t for one thing. The changes to badges. I’ve ranted (whined if you like) about this before, but now after having experienced it, I like it even less. There are several reasons why I don’t like. I’ll start with the ones that effect me the most. I’m “forced” (of course not literally, but I’ll quickly fall faaar behind if I don’t) to run heroics over again, completely fucking the gearing process sideways, which I’ll get to later. It all feels like I’m playing a game where the publishers tell me that if I play the gamer over and over, but this time on the easiest difficulty, I’ll be able to play their new game faster! C’mon, Blizzard! I used to like gearing up, now you have made it feel like a chore! It used to go Heroics>Naxx>Maly/Sarth. A clear and simple progression path letting (and forcing) everyone to play through the content. Which is why you made it in the first place right? Blizzard have stated several times that they don’t like to see content dying. Well, the completely killed Naxx (with badge farm runs as the exception), no one does Sartharion or Malygos anymore, and large parts of Ulduar is obsolete. My other problem with it, the same one I have with VoA, is being rewarded for very little effort. But since I’ve mentioned that in a previous post, I’ll let it rest.
Tamarind over at Righteos Orbs wrote a post about reaching level 80 and starting to gear up. While reading I realized that people who are a few months behind are unlikely to get to see Naxxramas, Sartharion and Malygos. At best they’ll steam roll through with even less effort than other people did back when Wrath was launched. Rather, most of the time they’ll be stuck farming heroics and TotC normal until they are ready for Ulduar (where a lot of the loot will be useless) and CC. They are missing out on a lot of content in most ways a lot more fun and challenging than heroics. Except for utter boredom, another possible effect is that these players will get bitch slapped, badly, when they go into Ulduar and CC. The leap in difficulty might be too big. We all remember the face-roll days of Naxx, then going to Ulduar which made a lot of people, including my self, how rusty were had become since TBC raiding. Now imagine going from heroics in T8,5 to Ulduar. Without experience from more complex boss fights like Malygos, some bosses in Naxx and Sartharion with drakes, they are likely to struggle. A lot. It might be doable for someone who raided in TBC, but it might prove to steep a learning curve for those who have never raided before.
The only reason I still raid is my guild. Chatting with 4, 14 or 24 other people as crazy as my self while playing WoW will never grow old, no matter how daft the content is. To those Abso’s who’s reading this. I’ll see you for more Faesrol-heroics-grind in a few days!