Did that subject line get your attention? Because anyone who knows me or has listened to The OverLores or any podcast I have guested on would know that I hate profane language.
I was of course just bleeping out the word “Heck” – I thought I would try some of the overly-dramatic, attention-grabbing headlines that mainstream (read that as arguably low-journalistic-integrity, depending on your level of skepticism) media tend to use.
I wonder if it worked? ^_^
[image posted and owned by Gary Gannon of Legendary]
Anyway, this post is in its entirety an anti-rant.
News has come out recently on the coming Nerf (hate that word) to the Dragon Soul raid bosses stats. You can read the official Blizzard article here on the changes.
A great deal of people are up-in-arms on the internet in protest of this change, threatening to unsub from the game because clearly Blizzard is catering to the “casuals.”
Chris from The Daily Blink and Legendary on GamebreakerTV had a great comment about this phenomenon on a recent Convert To Raid show on which he guested. To summarize he said that players of World of Warcraft get angry at a reduction in raid difficulty every time it happens… as if it has never happened before and Blizzard has finally bowed to the pressure of the “casuals.”
He then went on to point out that this is a long standing tradition with raid content. Ice Crown Citadel stacking buff, anyone?
Why are people still surprised by this?
And for that matter… Why do they care?!?!
The hardcore progression guilds have already cleared the content. The “casuals” (another word I don’t care much for) can and do complete the content using Raid Finder. However there is a shockingly low number of players that have completed Dragon Soul outside of Raid Finder.
Matthew Rossi had a very good post on WoW Insider detailing much of the statistics (found here).
His post echoes very closely the majority of my own feelings and reactions to the news except two very crucial points. I was not at first in disbelief of the change, I was ecstatic; I absolutely do need need these changes, or at least my guild and raid team do.
I have killed Deathwing… in Raid Finder.
I have killed Morchok in normal Dragon Soul…. and only Morchok.
I think the other raid team in my guild has defeated both Morchok and Yor’saj… but that’s it.
I welcome this difficulty reduction with outstretched and open arms. In fact we have stopped attempting Dragon Soul in anticipation for next week.
My guild is a Fantastic group of people! I love them through and through, but in terms of raiding, we fall short for a number of reasons. Some of our core raiders have Cataclysm as their very first MMO experience. Some folks are altaholics, some have extreme time constraints and can dedicate only a couple hours a week to playing. All in all I know we have it in us. This reduction just may be the best thing to get us over that hill, get us past that 8% wipe. And I for one welcome it.
Also, think about it this way, perhaps this is a sign that Mists of Pandaria just may ship in the Spring or early Summer. Perhaps Blizzard wanted more players to have the joy of completing Cataclysm so they implemented this change so quickly (which it was very quick, in relative terms Dragon Soul is a very new raid) to ensure that happens prior to MoP.
PS. Just to hit home the point – What the #%!& are You Complaining About?!
(remember, that bleeped word is heck. Heck!)