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12-29-2011 @ 10:02AM
@slim1256: Yes...and no. Yes, from the perspective that more people can run heroics now; "back in the day," you had to count on friends, guildies, and often the luck of running into total strangers of the appropriate role who wanted to go, in order to get a run going. No queuing up cross-realm. And by "role," I mean not only the trinity, but whether you had enough CC of the right types. And given the amount of crap you had to go through just to get attuned, that pool of people was smaller to draw from than it is today. So by virtue of this alone, more people get heroics experience, and naturally become better at running heroics.No, from the perspective that, back in TBC, heroics were a nightmare. There's a reason instances earned nicknames like, "Shattered Balls" and "Slabs," because they were honest-to-God brutal at the gear levels you were expected to tackle them. One mis-pull or a badly timed CC or CC break, that was it...you wiped. Period. There was no, "Good recovery guys!" There was, "Release and run back, guys." Did it make the game more fun? Not really. It just made people feel like special snowflakes if they happened to have a regular group to run with, so they could brag to everyone about how awesome they were. The whole notion of having to pay a price in frustration in order to experience gated content is one that was best left in the past.
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