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9-19-2011 @ 5:19PM
"Excitement is one thing, stress from "performing" among a hostile community is something else."It's interesting that "Heroic mode" automatically says "hostile community" to some people. I'm guessing that much of what you would be doing is running in the RDF, which might indeed lend to that. I personally don't run Heroics in a "hostile community." I run them with friends and guildmates and it's a lot of fun.Actually, my favorite times of each expansion is when new dungeons come out. I like to run them that first day having little to no idea what to expect. This inevitably leads to wipes and longer dungeon runs, but it's a blast. We all know it's going to happen, so no one's hostile. We joke and tease each other about silly mistakes then turn around and beat the boss. It's not fast, it's not clean, but it sure is a ton of fun.I think one of the biggest failures of the RDF is that so many people consider "Heroic" mode the "standard" mode. It's the mode everyone "expects" to play on. No one thinks that about the raids! We all expect Heroic raids to be hard. Why not the same for 5-mans? One of the big problems there in Cataclysm is simply the lack of level-capped Normal mode dungeons. This was, unfortunately, NOT helped with the Zuls and looks to be non-helpful with the "Deathwings." Adding all 5 of those as normal mode dungeons would have expanded the amount of dungeons available, making running only normals much more reasonable. The other big element is the community. Especially after Wrath, we just "expect" that Heroic 5-mans should be easy to run by anyone, which is really a silly concept. That's what Normals are for...if they exist.Anyway, while I think Omedon is overstating the "twitch-skill-set" needed, I can't find a good reason to NOT include a Normal mode. In fact, I think that's exactly what's lacking right now.
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