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3-30-2012 @ 7:03PM
On the whole I think I love Dragon Soul. Not as much as Ulduar, but still quite a bit.On the good side, Dragon Soul completely revolutionized what Blizzard could do with a raid. For the first time a raid was not some "hole in the ground," but an actual event that could take over place thousands of miles across Azeroth. A raid is no longer "clear this pit and win," but a deeply immersing story. The cinematics did an excellent job of contributing to this--the cinematic where we're parachuting onto Deathwing's back is my favourite raid cinematic ever.On the bad side, the boss mechanics themselves were for the most part kind of meh. I loved Yor'sahj because he forces the raid leader to make choices, quickly--the encounter is variable and you can choose what mechanics you feel your raid is best suited to handle. And obviously the two deathwing encounters were epic. But there were a lot of uninteresting bosses as well.Admittedly a lot of the playerbase pays little attention to the lore and as such went "LOL DS sux." But to me the legacy of Dragon Soul isn't the raid itself.The legacy of Dragon Soul will be future raids employing the same storytelling mechanics that were pioneered in this instance. And those raids will be epic. And they'll be epic because Blizzard was brave and tried something revolutionary in Dragon Soul--and maybe they didn't get everything right, but they learned what they needed to make future raids an even better experience.
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