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11-18-2009 @ 1:20PM
WoW is a COMPETITIVE (READ, COMPETITIVE) game. If your arena team is getting slaughtered in the 3v3 bracket by people who win 15 matches for every 1 you do, you don't complain to Blizzard that someone is better than you, you spend time practicing, learning how to play like that team. Having a design that favors either hard-core guilds or casual guilds is unacceptable either way. As a casual raider of TBC, I understand what it was like to be walled off from the content. In WotLK, given the raid lockouts and general easiness of non-HM encounters, there's no reason that a casual guild couldn't finish Yogg in a month (on ten-man, at least).The people who Blizzard rolled out the red carpet for during TBC are being completely ignored by a decision like this. If Blizzard wants to create an raiding environment for both hardcore and casual players, then they should allow HMs to be played on the first week, it's as simple as that. This allows the top guilds, like Ensidia, to have a humbling challenge on the first day; at the same time, the casual and less serious players will be able to focus on the regular versions of each fight.This is a fair approach to gated progression.On the subject of limited attempts, this actually hurts casual guilds more, as it provides less time for learning fights each week. Most top guilds have players on the PTR (if not their whole guild), so they at least have some preliminary strategy for these encounters.
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