It’s a whole new game.
I’m bloody well shocked. Cassie says there is no way… NO WAY that this can last.
The new instances are out… and I love them.
I mean, I LOVE them, love them. I run them for fun. I run them on my Hunter, get nothing, and don’t give a shit because the journey was fun.
I capped out on Valor from running them for the week and didn’t notice. “Oh hey, I’m Valor capped. When did that happen?”
Even if you hate them yourself, take a moment and think about that.
When was the last time you ran an instance in World of Warcraft that you didn’t endure because you had to do it to get to the fun stuff?
I’m sitting here loving life, and the sad thing about it is, this is supposed to be normal. I’m supposed to be looking forward to logging in and playing with people at the content level I am at.
For a long, long time, instances have been the necessary evil I endure to get the gear, Justice and Valor points to gear up to be able to qualify for the content I actually WANT to do.
How many conversations have we seen where people talk about how you should run Trollroics to get your Valor to get raid gear, and how miserable a grind it is, and how miserable the instances are, but how that’s what you just have to deal with to get the gear for your raids. You take it for the team. “It’s not that bad, it’s just a couple hours a night during the week to get capped”. Or a few less if you run older content. Etc, etc.
The unspoken fact we’ve been dealing with is the content, the Zulroics, just weren’t FUN.
They sounded fun. The concept was good. But then, the concept was good on all the instances we had at Cataclysms’ launch, too. Bring back challenge, bring back CC, bring back having to play with skill intead of steamrolling through with gearscores.
The reality gave us a very simple mathematical formula; DPS long queue time plus endless trash multiplied by complex mechanics equals OMIGOD GO GO GO THIS IS TAKING ALL F’ING NIGHT!
I think I may have done each of the Trollzoics a few times, then just said “Oh, hell no. I respect myself too much for this crap.”
The first thing I like about the new dungeons; they’re short. I mean, damn short. The trash is an appetizer, rather than the bulk of the meal. The boss encounters themselves are the main courses, as they should be.
The second thing I like is that the encounters, whether trash or boss, are all interesting and at least mildly challenging.
Have you noticed that almost everything is CCable? It’s not important to the discussion, it’s just a fun observation. Even the Eyes on the ramp leading to Queen Azshara can be controlled by Warlocks, and aren’t they a hoot. You can drop a frost trap on them too, but Warlocks frown on you taking away their toys.
It’s almost as though Blizzard said to themselves, “We know they don’t use CC anyway, so why not let them CC whatever the hell they like, and if they try they’ll be rewarded? Why restrict it? If a group actually WANTS to use it, screw it, let ‘em go for it.”
Really, I’m having a complete blast.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I haven’t wiped. Oh, good lord, have I wiped. I’ve done some pugs on my Warrior that just… hoochie mama.
But you know, it’s still been fun. It really is like a balanced meal. You get some nice tastes of trash, each with it’s own cute little quirks, and then just when you’re about tired of the taste of trash, right at that moment, you get a good solid meal.
My favorite, my complete favorite, is the trash before Sylvanas in End Time.
We’ve been trained, we see one big goon surrounded by a bunch of itty bitty mobs, you beat down the big guy and then clean up the rest.
WHOOPS! What happened there? WTF?
Oh my, you have to kill everyone BUT the big guy! Ooh, well played, Blizz, well played. Got me, yes you did.
Of course, you can run in while the fight is still going on, so if things get tight, you can get back in and help your team pull out a win if you’re fast enough.
You good players out there, you might not have found that out, because of the whole, you know, not dying thing.
I’ll admit, it’s a shocker to me. I’m enjoying running the instances so much, dear lord I might even resume TANKING for pugs.
On my Druid, my Warrior, AND my new Paladin!
Whats even more interesting, I’m hearing great things about how fun and doable the Looking For Raid is turning out.
It’s funny to me that I keep hearing how people are upset at how easy everything is.
I’ll grant you, the taste of instances and the new raid may very well becoming cloying after time. Too much spun sugar, not enough savory substance?
Band of Misfits, the guild I’m a part of in Azuremyst, just did a 100% complete clear this week. Two solid nights of raiding, about 8 hours total, and Team Wanda brought down Deathwing in 10 person normal mode for a server first. Oh, and grats, btw. Badasses, the lot of ‘em.
They said it was fun.
I believe them.
Does this mean they will grow bored with Deathwing Heroic modes in a few months? Possibly so, possibly so.
But here’s the thing, the thing people do tend to forget.
The point is, it’s fun NOW. It’s tuned right for us to get there and have fun NOW. And I’m going to do just that.
I understand that people are worried about tomorrow, or two months from now, and are foreseeing a drought of content that will drag on forever.
I understand, I really do.
Perhaps this is timed just to last with so much fun and excitement, so much delicious sugar, that people will be too sick to have room to sample Star Wars: The Old Republic.
I’ll worry about what I’ll do when I get there.
You know why?
Because there ain’t a damn thing I can do to change the rate at which content is released. Not a damn thing. And, hey, unless you work at Blizzard, neither can you.
So why not sit back, relax, and have some fun?
You remember, that thing we used to take for granted was a part of why we played the game?
All I can do is play, or not play. If I play and have a lot of fun in these rockin’ instances and LFR and even, dare I say it, normal raids, then I’ll be having fun and living in the moment right the heck now.
In a few months, well… IF I am bored, IF the content is totally exhausted, well…
When is Diablo II coming out, again?