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2-15-2008 @ 2:08PM
I think that Blizzard actually does a decent job here of making content available to hardcore players first and then opening it up to casual players later. The removal of attunments, and the availability of gear through PVP or other means are examples of this. Hard-core players get to experience the game first, but after a while, everyone gets to get in on the fun. Eventually everyone will be able to see the content, but it may be after the release of the next expansion.It's a fine line to walk, but the people who are looking for a serious challenge and are willing to put in tons of work do deserve to see the content first. They are breaking new ground, and working on the bleeding edge of the content. They have had to work to get the gear just to allow them to survive the encounter, then come up with the tactics to defeat the encounter. It's a lot of work. And casual players are--by definition--not gear or coordinated enough to make this happen.Remember that being one of the first to down a new boss often takes months of effort. Time to get geared, attuned, and a whole bunch of time wiping endlessly trying to figure out how to down the critter. This amount of effort and coordination is outside the realm of possibility for a PUG group of casuals, initially. And just to add another wrinkle, often throughout the process of having the very best players down a boss, Blizzard is tuning the encounter so that it's even possible for these elite groups to down the boss.However, after an expansion, gear will drop that allow casuals to engage in the encounter, and successful tactics born from experience will appear on the web so that people will know what to do. At this point Blizzard drops some of the hoops that people need to jump through and make it available to everyone.Even with gear, and with tactics, it can still take a number of trys to drop a significant boss. Encounters are becoming more involved and require more coordination amongst players. Expect that trend to continue.Ultimately, it's not a question of whether you pay the money and get to see the content. It's a question of *when* you get to see the content. Ultimately, you need to decide if you want to be patient, or want to be impatient, but heavily involved. Either way, it'll be a while before you get to kill the Next Big Boss.
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