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8-25-2011 @ 5:33PM
@bilbomoodyI think you're really missing the point of this article. She isn't being elitest in the slightest, she actually supports the ease of normal modes. What she is saying is that the impossability of doing the hardmodes AND acheivs together is something many people find irritating.Currently in order to unlock hardmodes you have to go through the entire raid on normal, something that started with t10 that I personally do not understand. This in itself puts a delay on the real content that some of the more hardcore raiders want to get to. Add on the acheivs on top of that and you have 2 aspects of a raid that people have to do aside from killing hardmode bosses.I'm a casual raider, I didn't get my uluar drake until after cata was released, I still don't have my icc drake (though that is from lack of effort as the missing parts of my meta are relatively easy, even at level) so I can definitely see your point of view. Nowhere did she say anything negative about the nerfs to the raids, if anything her argument would support nerfs since it would make it easier to get the needed achievments for the meta.If you look at ULD a raider would only have to go through the instance once in order to get the Meta completed. Granted, at level, even with t10 gear this is something that most people would struggle to accomplish, but it was still able to be done. With the current model of raiding you need to go through it AT LEAST twice and that's if you're willing to purposely wipe on each boss a few times to get your group familiar enough with the fight to try doing the acheivment. My personal opinion is that they should either take the acheiv OR the hardmode version out of the meta or switch back to the ulduaar model where the acheiv was the hardmode. For a casual raider like myself asking me to do both is way too much and I am not going to see the Meta mounts from this expansion until the level cap is raised again, which is fine in my eyes but I do see where the hardcore raiders would find getting them at level grindy, long, and boring.Kudos to the writer of the article, you made some very good points and I do hope Blizz sees this and considers something different for the next xpac in terms of raiding achievs. Possibly making the achievments an aspect of the hardmode fights, but not necessarily require hardmodes to do?I.e. killing 12 adds in 10 seconds during Maloriak achiev could have worked with a model like this by simply having the heroic version require you to release 4 sets of adds per phase. I'm sure there are other achievments that could be worked like that in most fights, but I'm not familiar with what most of the ahievments are so I can't say for sure. It certainly would solve the problem for both aspects though, all id ask is that they do away with the HM requirement for the Meta so that both the casual and hardcore raider could at least have a chance of finishing the Metas at level.
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