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7-27-2009 @ 3:11PM
I don't know that the non-Heroic modes will exactly sit dormant. Most folks get the concept of gear progression, and will run the non-heroic modes before jumping into the Heroics.Granted, there's always going to be stupid people who want to jump into the hardest thing possible as soon as they ding 80, but if those people didn't exist, PuGs wouldn't be a four-letter word... so they serve a purpose, I suppose.
7-27-2009 @ 3:29PM
I just don't see it the same way. I don't think people who are jumping up are stupid. I think some of them are doing it simply because they like the challenge. You're not going to get more skilled by more of the boring grind. For other people it's a question of time inefficiency. Even if they wipe a few times in hard mode, that's probably quicker than the standard progression. And finally there are those who simply don't want to be left behind and feel social pressure to keep up with other guilds and think they can take a short-cut. Those are the ones that suffer worst. I agree that most people "get" gear progression. But I don't think most people like it or accept it. I think that's one of, though not the only reason, Blizzard is blowing up loot in 3.2.
7-27-2009 @ 3:38PM
Jumping into Tier 9 content in quest blues and Heroic drops isn't wise, I don't care how much you "like a challenge" some things just aren't going to work. Fortunately, as you mentioned, Blizzard is going to make the new content more quickly accessible to newly leveled players by dropping Conquest badges in all Heroics, but if anything, I foresee that increasing the number of people doing the old Heroic dungeons moreso than going undergeared into the new ones.Or at least I hope that's how it goes. There's enough undergeared people splattering themselves against Emalon as it is right now. I shudder to imagine the futility of the Colosseum with crap gear.
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