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7-27-2009 @ 3:30PM
Hard modes are the actual progression. Every fight in ulduar has a hard mode (whether it rewards extra loot or not), and that hard mode is part of the meta. Normal modes are relatively free epics, and are Blizzard's way of saying "lookit the kewl new content".If you're wiping on hard modes and your players are getting discouraged, you are likely not ready for hard modes, whether it's an issue of not having the gear, not having the ingenuity/execution, or not having the dedication.I personally like how you are allowed to pick and choose which hard modes you want to tackle in a given week. Splitting up an "all normal mode" and "all hard mode" instance seems like a step backward, but it may help to slow players down instead of letting them just jump on fights they're not quite ready for. Wanna do it effectively? Bring back attunements.
7-27-2009 @ 3:50PM
I agree with attunements, but not as they were implemented in the past. Doing a long quest chain for a key may seem "epic" to some (when the content is current), but it shows its age when a new expansion hits. Don't even get me started on rep grinds with irrelevant factions.They should just require everyone go through normal mode a set number of times before heroic mode is unlocked. 5 runs through and you can run heroic. No keys, no quests, no rep. Just a simple counter. Maybe that number needs tweaked, but it would be better than people running heroics and not knowing basic fight mechanics. It's not a foolproof solution, but I think it's better than what we have.
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