Before you read this post, please go to this link. If you read the patch notes, every single encounter is being nerfed to the ground.
So Blizzard, you’re going that route are you? I am disappointed, you were my favorite gaming developers aside from Valve. Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
The reason why I’m being more cynical than normal is because of the raid updates for patch 4.2 in World of Warcraft. They’re nerfing ALL raids. Significantly. I used to be a passionate player. I remember when raids took days, even weeks before people could crack them. It took skill, there was a challenge when it came to raiding. People actually knew how to play their roles!
Recently, Blizzard have been change their attitude. Prior to the Cataclysm expansion, they posted that dungeons and raids will be difficult. After the shenanigans of Wrath of the Lich King and it’s tank&spank nature (tank gets hit, everyone else casts spell), this was an extremely welcome change. However, because of the simple nature of WotLK, much of community is horrid at the game. They are incapable at adapting or even putting forth an effort. In turn, they became the small vocal community on the forums that moan about how Cataclysm is too hard. And their crying has been answered! Yes, it’s hard. It was nerfed significantly during the beta. It has been nerfed even after release. And now: “normal mode raid encounters will be receiving a comprehensive set of tuning adjustments to decrease their difficulty.”
For fuck’s sake. They’re even making item level 359 gear purchasable through Justice points! (For those who don’t know, Justice points can be acquired by spamming through dungeons and the like. Item level 359 is top notch gear by the way. Stupid, I know.) Why must they cater to the idiotic portion of their audience? Just recently, 600,000 players left the game. I have no idea if this was in response to the content being too difficult or not but that’s the approach that Blizzard is taking.
I’m just sad because the last time I played, I came back from a 6 month break. SIX MONTHS. I came into a brand new game after Cataclysm and there were a slew of new skills and talents for me to learn. Even after such a long period of inactivity, I was able to raid with no difficulty. Sure, our group wiped a few times and we maybe had to Google a few strategies but it was fun. It was challenging and required a comprehensive understanding of our abilities and classes. Priests could no long heal forever! It was fun.
Now, I don’t doubt that it will be plain boring. They’re making it accessible to everyone. They no longer have to learn the ropes by going through the older content. Everyone will be able to compete with leading guilds and down big bosses with intricate patterns that the developers spent months creating simply because they do little to no damage. It’s plain disgusting.