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5-24-2011 @ 3:43AM
Strange; I was much, much sicker of raiding a year ago than I am right now. Burnout was hitting many people I knew at that time -- my raid group actually went on a supposedly permanent break in late April, after beating our heads week after week on the brick wall that was Heroic Lich King.Today, I'm lucky to be in a raid group that's good enough to progress steadily, but not so good that we've burned through all the content yet. (The supposedly permanent break was not permanent after all, and almost everyone returned.) Fights are challenging but not impossible. Outside of raiding, there are guild achievements to go for, rated BGs to do, dungeons to PuG for satchels, a lowbie to level. Logging on doesn't seem like a chore, the way it did last summer.That said, I agree that the inaccessibility of the current tier of content is bad for the player base in general.I used to be able to raid with more casual friends on alts; we could run a raid one night a week and still make decent progress. I could talk to everyone I knew about this or that boss, because everyone had done the fight or was likely to in the future. Because almost everyone COULD raid, almost everyone was interested in raid content, even if they only got to experience it once or twice a month.In Cataclysm, however, a lot of those friends have been playing less and less, or simply quit altogether, because there is nothing for them to do. Even with those that remain, it feels awkward to talk about the raid bosses I'm working on, because they've never seen the fights, or perhaps even the instance, and -- here's the kicker -- aren't likely to before the next tier of content. Why should they be interested in content that excludes them?I don't want a return to Wrath. I like the difficulty of the Cataclysm heroic modes, and would be sad to see them adjusted too much. I love the fact that there are 5-man dungeons that can be challenging even with a guild group. But I do think that normal mode raids should be easier, should be something that the entire community can experience without too much of a time commitment.I like all my WoW friends, even the ones who are slow at moving out of fires or interrupting heals or just don't have more than a few hours a week to play, and I'd really like to raid with them again, kthx.
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