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9-22-2011 @ 1:01PM
Here's the thing. Even if the next tier's raid is tuned to the same difficulty level as post-nerf FL, the jackoffs will beat most of us to the punch. It's a simple matter of putting in the time. For the hardcore player, the whole point of raiding is to experience challenging content and learn how to overcome it. They get a kick out of saying "I was the first person in the world to kill an internet dragon." That makes them happy. Other folks get happy when they hit the gold cap, get a rare mount, hit the top of the PvP ladder, or just get to hang out with their buddies, shooting the poo and taking a few swings at a raid boss when they have the time and the group. By taking away the challenge, Blizzard has increased the value of the game to players who do not put in the time (for whatever reason, work, family, school, or just not that interested...I'm not judging) at the cost of decreasing the enjoyment of the hardcore player by taking away some of the mystique of living on the cutting edge of the game. In the end, it is a matter of time invested learning fights, gearing toons, and perfecting raid comps so their group is number one. Not everyone can do that. I get the feeling that hardcore raiders are disproportionately represented on this and other forums because they do have the time to invest in browsing these sites. To a large degree, the non-hardcore community relies on them to spearhead the charge into new content. I don't have the time or the knowledge to program a min/max application which tells me how to best gem/enchant/reforge my toon. But some pointy-headed dude who plays for 70 hours a week does. Rather than spending time and gold on trial and error, I can go to a reforger site and, with a few mouseclicks, find out how to improve my gear. A quick search on youtube shows me how to do each fight. Ten minutes on a forum can explain the strat to me so I know what to watch for. As much as the casual player decries the hardcore player's access to content, when the casual player shows up in a raid for the first time, he *should* rely on the hardcore's experience by doing homework.
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