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6-02-2011 @ 8:11AM
I myself much prefer the Ulduar method of activating hard mode.I have two reasons:First being that it actually means that sometimes you need to be careful NOT to activate it if you think you can't do it (think XT where if you accidentally killed the heart then you're kinda buggered),Secondly it's a much more creative/interesting way of activating it instead of the "on/off" switch (oh and it removes the need of a few moments on the loading screen and the chance of a DC).Even though I never originally did any hard-mode in WotLK until T10 and Cata, I really do think it was clever how you had to manage your dps incase you accidentally killed the heart OR urge your raid-members not to press that irresistable button.
6-02-2011 @ 3:12PM
Yep, all that plus the main reason for me is thinking that, in the other instances' easy modes, "oh this boss has the potential to do all of this...but he'll just die without trying."For example, knowing that LK has shadow traps on heroic...but he just decides he doesn't need them ever on regular?I guess I just like having some sort of story about why the boss is stronger. Particularly the elements of outside help is what I liked. FL + towers, Thorim with help from Sif, refusing some help on Yogg from the keepers, Freya being empowered by the ancients, killing bosses in a different order in Iron Council. All of those I loved. Vezax and XT were fine too, but mechanics like that may not be the easiest way to figure out what the HM is until you accidentally stumble onto them (I still like the mechanics, there's another element of control *during* the fight that you have to watch to make sure it happens the way you want).
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