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11-17-2011 @ 9:34AM
To be honest, I don't miss "Vanilla" WoW. I was just using it as a reference point for the changes I've seen and the experience I've had. However, I really did think that things were pretty good in Burning Crusade, in terms of advancement pacing. I wasn't a "raider" then, but when I did get good gear (through hours and hours of saving up the points) I felt accomplished. I knew that if/when I did step into a raid, I would be able to be competitive, and that the "hardcore" bunch would recognize that this "RPer" had busted his hump to be able to hang with them.I had no delusions that I should have access to the current tier of content. I was happy to get stuff that was slightly better than Karazhan-level, and to aspire towards working hard at getting "real" raid gear. And I did. My guild (and several other small RP guilds) formed a raiding alliance and began to explore the raiding content. We got through most of Tier 5 before Wrath came out. It was an incredible feeling, because we knew we'd worked hard and done something nobody expected we would.Now, everyone can farm Heroics to get gear at or comparable to the top raid tier... and it just doesn't seem like an accomplishment, to me. It doesn't motivate me to gear my alts or to try hard. It just seems like getting a "participation" trophy.If you can do Heroics and get top-level gear, but don't raid... what did you achieve? You're now going to be doing Heroics in gear that makes the content ridiculously uninteresting, which isn't going to motivate you to try, learn or improve in the slightest. All it means is you were patient. Is patience something that deserves to be rewarded?
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