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2-18-2009 @ 5:13PM
I fully support easier access to raiding by non-hardcore people. I think 10-man is perfectly balanced right now, as it provides that "UBRS-like" chance to ease into the differences between 5-man instances and raiding. I would not have seen any raids since AQ20 if it weren't for this epiphany on Blizz's part that raids should start at a relatively easy baseline difficulty, but have options and switches that can be turned on to make them harder.But you have hit the nail on the head here when you say that heroic raiding's baseline difficulty is not hard enough. My expectation, based on the gear, was that 25-man raids would be as hard as... well, the old 25-man raids. That heroic raiding would be the "so difficult only a few people see it" content, and trying to heap hard modes on top of that would be what kept Ensidia busy between content patches. But that doesn't seem to have come to pass - especially in Naxx.I have seen the inside of a heroic raid instance. I have seen a heroic raid boss kill. And that... that actually seems wrong to me. It disappoints me a little. It robs me of motivation, a little. Given my time commitment and who I group with, I expect to be capable in 10-man raids and striving to improve enough do the hard modes, not waltzing around doing whatever. I hope Blizz takes this to heart for Ulduar's heroic mode. (And if we're lucky, maybe they'll spend some time to rebalance the intro heroic raids.) I want easy baseline 10-mans so that everyone can experience the content, but I also want the higher difficulties to exist, even if I can never hope to reach them. I need a star to reach for, a pinnacle to climb towards.
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