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11-23-2008 @ 10:51AM
Your article provides a strong defense of the hardcore and their current dilemma. I have two counters:1) You make the point that the hardcore are able to smear content so fast because they provide the necessary testing (and learning) of said content on the Beta/PTR months in advance. You forget (or neglect to mention) that during this time they are experiencing and enjoying that raid content at a slower pace. So for the folks who say "they cleared it in 2 days and are all done!", that's not true. It took them months to learn the content in preparation for live, and that is when they enjoy the content most.2) As a casual-hardcore raid leader who took a guild alliance all the way up to Reliquary pre-3.0, I don't have any problem with the hardcore who cleared "all of Wrath" in 4 days. I do have a problem when they complain to Blizzard "ez mode button", "cater to noobs much?", "now I have nothing to do." They knew what they were doing, they knew they were burning through it fast (their intention, not mine). Don't whine about it. Say "Great job guys, we did it. Let's farm it for a few months and wait eagerly for the next raid patch."
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