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5-20-2010 @ 8:19PM
@SnuzzleI actually wish they would remove DBM functionality from the game. There's no question that it's extremely helpful, but it eliminates so much of the need for self-awareness from boss encounters. In every raid I enter, DBM tells me exactly what I need to do without ever having experienced the fights. I don't need to pay attention to anything except healing and while many would argue that this adds to the experience, I feel that it takes away. I should have to worry about when a boss is going to use a special ability and there should be communication within the raid as to when some horrible thing is about to take place without an automated system that reminds me every step of the way. It becomes more checklist-like and really does take alot of the "epic" out of the experience for me. An enrage timer ticking down adds helpful tension to many encounters, but everything else simply dumbs-down the fight.So long as it's functional, I will continue to use it. It's become a requirement for raiding and I can't really afford not to use it when everybody else is. Perhaps it opens up possibilities for Blizzard to create raid encounters that would otherwise be next to impossible and there is some value in being able to create more unique content, but I'd gladly give those up to make encounters feel like actual fights and less like calculations and timers. Maybe I'm not alone in all of this.
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