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2-01-2012 @ 12:17PM
At the start of Cataclysm, I looked at things like the guild rep cap and thought "Blizzard must want us to play our alts almost as much as we play our mains!" And having come straight from the Wrath model of easy heroics you could chain-run with friends any time you pleased, I believed it--after all, how accessible was gearing up an alt in Wrath? Very.Sadly, the rest of the game didn't seem to agree. Everything was less accessible and grindier. I had to set aside large chunks of time to do even a single heroic on the off chance it was Deadmines (The Mario tunnel especially). Then 4.1 hit, and I couldn't even cap my VP like that--I had to clear the Zul instances, which were aggravating exercises in repetitive tedium to say the least. And that was just on my main.Put simply, I was having more fun with Wrath and its more casual-friendly model than I was having with Cataclysm until patch 4.3 hit. Being able to queue for all the expansion's heroic dungeons and cap my Valour Points? Fantastic. Being able to mix up my VP gain with LFR runs if I so choose? Brilliant.LFR itself providing the much-desired "Easy" difficulty setting, and promoting being able to drop in and out as life permits *and* not being punished for doing so? Beautiful. LFR allowing all players to--for the first time in this entire game--follow along with the entire story? Incredible.Early Cataclysm was simply not entertaining.
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