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Feb 22nd 2012 10:19AM Please bear in mind that the only reason world first Spine Hc required 7 mages from a guild with a total of 19 dragonwraths is because world firsts require ridiculous strategies to compensate for their lack of gear. They don't get to farm the instance for a few weeks before they give it a go. They are, to all intents and purposes, severely undergeared for the content they are doing and require their sheer skill and these oddities such as class stacking, multiple legendaries and off the wall strategies to complete their kills.
Feb 22nd 2012 9:54AM What most people who are for the nerfs seem to forget is that content gets nerfed each and every week simply due to upgrades attained from the raid. Whether it's only 2 or 3 bosses or a full normal clear because you just can't down that first heroic boss, gear upgrades nerf content directly for your raid group by by increasing dps/healing/tank survivability.
The argument of leaving content unfinished doesn't really make sense to me either. Heroic content has already been completed on normal in order to unlock it, therefore it's not new content... it's just harder. It's designed to challenge the people who walk all over normal difficulty. I don't consider any game i didn't complete on "Nightmare" level as unfinished. I finished it on normal and had my a$$ handed to me on "nightmare"... it really is ok to not be good enough to finish the very hardest difficulty in the game.
Feb 21st 2012 11:24AM In the lull between ICC and Cata launch i took an 8 month break. sometime during that period my account was hacked and I eventually bought cata in january and resubbed to find all my characters pretty much naked except for my druid who still had some feral gear. I levelled all 5 of my 80's to 85 with no issues. my hunter in particular i was pretty worried about but with a boe green bow and a set of legs and gloves off the auction house, i set off into Hyjal and started questing. It took a while to kill the mobs in the beginning and i had to play rather carefully but hey i was practically naked and made it through the zone. I highly doubt that this is an indication of the "difficulty" you are talking about forcing people to quit.