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11-19-2007 @ 11:31AM
This is a little off-topic, but is anyone else annoyed at the fact that you only need to be honored in order to get the heroics key now?Setting the scenario:My friend has wanted to go back to tanking for a while and had gear good enough to tank most heroics without any issues. He was revered on his tank and has only a green or two (good greens for the +def or block on them). Otherwise, his gear was blue-purple.My friend sends a tell to me while I am on my alt to help assist with the last boss of Heroic Ramparts. They kept losing members and just needed to perform the last boss. I jump on my Warlock main and join the group. I don't recognize any of the names from the others in the group, but whatever...its a PuG. Upon arrival, I see there is another Warlock in the group, and a very annoying little twerp of a Warlock as I soon came to find. His attitude made me feel the need to check his gear. Yep - all greens except for the blue staff from the Ring of Blood in Nagrand. What the heck was this guy doing in a heroics? Then I remember, you only need to be honored to enter.So, we go in and my friend tanks the last boss, and because of knowing his play style, I open up after a few seconds and we quickly down the boss. My friend then says, "Finally." I ask what was wrong, and he tells me about the noob group who would not pay attention to marking, focus fire on marked targets, and the Warlock that would DoT everyone (including CC) and then attempt to use fear as CC throughout the instance...then asked to see damage meters. He said they had been trying to down the boss 4 times and kept wiping because the healer would run out of mana due to the DPS being so low, the fight would go on forever. So, just curious, I check my DPS meter on the last boss. Warrior Tank (my friend) was sitting just barely below the other Warlock.Now, aside from my loathing for the way the other Warlock acted, I sat back and wondered why Blizzard would make the move of allowing a "Honored" toon into a Heroics. Please remember now, you can get honored with almost any faction just by doing a few quests for that faction while leveling. You don't have to have stepped into a single instance in the game. Therefore, people that have NEVER even been in a group, much less a regular instance, now have access to heroics such as Heroic Arc, Heroic SH, and Heroic SV. These people would not stand a chance in a regular instance, much less a heroics. They become a liability. And since everyone and their dog can go to heroics now, it is a lot harder to bother with looking people up in the Armory before adding them to your group (because someone else may actually snatch up the good players). Also, to compound the problem, Armory will not be a good way to gauge a character either, since Badges of Justice are so easy to get by coasting by a lower heroics instance on the back of other players. Eventually everyone will have gear better than Kara/Gruul's/SSC epics, without having to have learned how to use their class.I apologize for being OT from the post, and for being long winded as well, but with the question so fresh in my mind, I wanted to know if others were seeing the same problem.
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