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6-08-2010 @ 3:11PM
The big difference in raiding nowdays compared to BC, and especially Vanilla, certainly isn't the difficulty of the encounters. Wrath has had by far the most difficult encounters from an execution standpoint. Things like longer blessings and raid wide buffs are nice, but don't really change the difficulty of raiding any, it just cuts down on the annoyance. The big difference is the meta game. There are so many more effective resources for raiders to tap to up their game.I disagree with the notion that most current raiders would be unable to kill rag in level appropriate gear at level 60. It's not a hard fight. Melee have to deal with a knock back, and the raid has to kill 8 adds every 3 minutes. The ranged DPS doesn't even have to concern themselves with aggro cause rag is stationary. Kologarn is more complex than rag. A raid that watches the tankspot vid on rag, and has the MC DBM module would sleepwalk through the fight.On the other hand, if you were to take the best raiders from the Molten Core era, and fit them out with full 277 gear, and sent them in against Lich King Easy mode, they'd get torn limb from limb. Having to rely on Bosskillers and CTraid would leave them unable to manage the timers on defile or infest, or mark up the val'kyrs in time.The encounters are getting harder, but the raiders are getting smarter. We have an understanding of the fundamental mechanics of this game that no one in the Vanilla era had. We have resources they couldn't dream of.
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