Galadria: Oh, noes! A Rant!
I feel the need… It’s time.
The rant today is about the upcomming changes in the patch. Specifically the lifting of the attunement in Hyjal and BT and those that are complaining about it. There’s a lot of hullabaloo about it and I can actually see both sides. Go read this post from Apathy, Inc. and these two posts from Blessing of Kings, all on this topic, so you know where I’m comming from and what I’ve been reading.
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First off, there is a reason for attunements. T6 is hard to get for a reason. There has to be a reason to keep playing once you hit 70. For a lot of people, the game doesn’t really start until 70. That’s the case for me, I mever really enjoyed leveling, but I LOVE raiding! The whole reason I started playing this game was to play with friends. Now I get to play with 10 or 25 of them; fabulous! Where was I… oh yea… Attunements force you to reach a certain point (mostly as a raid, not an indvidual) in your progress to move on to harder content. You have to run a few 5-mans to get into Kara. Then (previously) you had to kill Gruul and Mag to get into TK. Then you kill Vashj and Kael to get into Hyjal and kill Rage to get into BT. These are all stepping stones in your career as an end-game raider. They also make sure you are ready to make the next step. IMO, if you can’t kill Mag you’ve got no business in T5 content. Same for Vashj and Kael.
OTOH, Blizzard has put a lot of development time and $$ into developing this content and there’s a lot of people who will never see it with all the attunements in place; heck even with the attunements removed. The last numbers I heard put the players who had seen the inside of BT at 2% (that figure is old, I’d hazard a guess at closer to 5% now, maybe as high as 10%; if anyone knows please comment and cite your source [Edit: read comments, appears to be around the 10% mark]). That’s not very many. Let’s think about how many T5 guilds there are out there. Just looking at the blogs in my reader, probably half of them are in T5 content [Edit: read comments, it’s closer to 15%]. With the attunements removed that’s a lot of guilds who might not have ever gotten both Vashj and Kael who will be able to at least see the first couple of bosses in Hyjal/BT before the expansion comes out.
For me, I think Blizz is going about this in the correct way. Here’s the progression as I see it (and I think this is planned, not as a result of qq’ing). When the content is first released, it’s very dificult to do on level and all attunements are in place. The hard-core guilds have plenty of road blocks to lengthen the time it takes them to get through the content. Then Blizz nerfs the really hard bosses to make it easier for the mid-level guilds to get thorough them. This stage is where the game sits for the majority of the time. Gradually Blizz lifts the attunements so the more casual guilds can get farther along with out bashing their skulls in. This process lets the maximum number of players get what they want out of the game. The hard-core get to do the content while it’s hard for the bragging rights and get to expirence “new” content for longer. The more casual player gets to plod along at a slower pace and get it a little easier; they might never get through the content at its harder level. Eventually they’ll at least get to see some of the really cool stuff.
So I ask… What in heaven and earth is the problem with letting anyone who has gone to the trouble of getting to 70 see the T6 content right before the expansion comes out and it all becomes obselete anyway?