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3-15-2010 @ 4:41PM
I started raiding with WotLK, and my first raid ever was a Naxx 25 PuG. We downed Arachnid and Plague quarters. I was playing a lock at the time, and I had no real idea how to gear. I wasn't near the hit cap, and I had hit 80 leveling in Zul'Drak, so my greens/blues weren't even from Storm Peaks/Icecrown Glacier. I had yet to run a 5-man at level 80, much less a heroic. I hit about 1400-1600 dps (again, not really sure what my rotation was supposed to be, and playing as a 3.0 affliction warlock). The irony is that we made it almost halfway through the raid, and I was about 8th or 9th on dps. There were people doing literally 800-900 dps. I look back on it and ask myself, were they just auto-attacking? But regardless, we were able to clear a significant portion of the content. On top of the horrendous dps, we also had two tanks with 30-35k hp. Healers with 16k health and 18k mana. I suspect that player stats in general will have doubled on average by the time most people are through ICC 25 (and when the tugboat hits 30%, I suspect that will be almost every pug raider out there), with damage increasing by far more. Tanks will be at 60k raid buffed in iLevel 264, dps and healers at 30-40k, with mana around 25-35k for healers and deeps respectively. Damage, though, will have shot up at least 300% for the average raider. (Case in point: I went from 1400-1600 my first raid to averaging 7k on Fester as a strict pug raider.)But it seems to me that besides doing things like forcing spiky tank damage and frustrating players because of crit/haste/mana regen soft and hard caps, Blizzard doesn't really care about stat inflation. After all, why should they? Just because we can roflstomp older content doesn't mean they can't make the current tier challenging. So what if our stats double over the course of an expansion? They never intended for Naxx to be a challenge for ICC raiders, anyway. And clearly, after a while they don't intend for ICC to be a challenge for ICC raiders either, considering that those stats listed above will lead to 90k hp tanks and 10k+ dps in our pugs with the 30% buff in effect.It will be strange to see "5.9k GS Rogue LF full ICC25 clear (maybe hard modes). 11k dps" in Trade.
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