Well, it’s happened.
I can no longer take pride in saying we downed something in Kara.
They nerfed the ever living “Are you KIDDING me?!?” heck out of it.
I’m not saying I dislike it. I’m not crying that it’s now “kiddy kara”.
I’m just saying, at our level of commitment to the game and investment in building our gear, each of the upper bosses was still a challenge, that was certainly doable but required patience, undestanding, skill and effort on everyone’ part.
People in Tier 5 and Tier 6 gear are long past the point where they can remember how challenging Karazhan could be for a group with Heroic purples and Crafted/Reputation gear.
Those folks, in their superior gear, were often heard in Trade chat to lol at the lowly players who did not breeze through two hour Karas.. as though the gear was not a factor, it was skill that made the difference.
A true reason to lol, frankly. If they were that great, they would have had their guilds throw on all Heroic purps and Crafted gear and do a two hour Kara run on video. Plenty of peeps still do videos of two manning Onyxia, so you know a guild would’ve done it.
No, it’s just easy to look down on others, for some folks. And the rest of us laughed it off, and took pride in challenging Karazhan while appropriately geared, and kicking it’s butt through a tough fight.
Tonight, we went into Karazhan with our new Talent specs.
We had scheduled it like always, 7 PM to 11:30 PM server.
This time, however, I was curious. I knew that I felt insanely powerful.. and I knew that Blizzard had said they had reduced boss health by 30% across the board.
So, how fast could we go? How far could we progress in that time?
Just how far have we come, when we were a cautious guild that could down every boss reliably, but had trouble on Netherspite and usually passed on him, and usually didn’t bother taking the time to do Illhoof without a Warlock, or Nightbane.
Well, let me put it like this.
We went in at 7:25 server time, and headed for Attumen.
We took a break around 9:30.
We had cleared all of Karazhan, and I mean every single last thing except the Animal boss, by 10:20. Easily. Quickly. No wipes. No stress.
Second guild try EVER on Netherspite, and it went down. Heck, I don’t think our health was even nibbled at.
In fact, the only thing we didn’t do first try, was Chess. There is some kind of bug, where if you get your piece dead, you cannot move your body again until you click off a debuff on your buff bar… and if you have a custom UI, you can’t click it off at all. That made us fail first shot, when we didn’t unload on Warchief right out the gate.
It wasn’t simply that the bosses are nerfed. It is that the trash is nerfed, too. Everything, every single thing in Karazhan is nerfed. Not just the bosses.
And let’s be honest. Every single one of us, with new specs carefully planned out, has become a walking powerhouse.
It was insane.
At 10:20, with an hour and ten minutes left for our normally scheduled time, we decided to keep going. And we went to UBRS and did the 50 Whelps, so all of us are now “Jenkins”.
Then, what the hell… we all went to Onyxia’s Lair and killed a Dragon.
And all done by 11:30.
This is not a complaint.
I was feeling pretty good in there. We worked hard for a long time. We had the skill, we had the knowledge from study and practise, we had done it all before. But each time, new alts would come in, and our gear never progressed beyond Karazhan. So each time in, the challenge level had remained the same, with the extra fun of always having to explain the fights for the benefit of those that had not seen it before.
Suddenly, it was as though we had finally been given that feeling that Tier 6 raiders have long known… the joys of fighting something you know very, very well… with the power to hand it a serious beating… but without making it a 3 man snoozefest.
We still needed the heals, we still needed the godlike DPS, Netherspite still has every game mechanic.
But now, we had the tools you get when you are coming back down from riding high on the back of a dragon, chasing raid loot, and decide to stop off at a low-level village filled with Kobokds, trying out your Great Cleave feat.
It felt pretty fun. We did lots of fun, silly stuff on the run, and had a great time.
The loot is all rebooted in a month anyway. Who cares if guilds can suddenly spend four weeks doing massive full clears of stuff that had them on the ropes before? Who does it hurt? How does my getting faster epics of Karazhan power hurt anyone, exactly?
The fact is… the gear is still enough of an upgrade for some folks to make it worthwhile in terms of loot to keep going in, but for most of us… heck, I am on my third character in Kara, and I’m flat out of gear upgrades to look for. I keep going in, because these folks are so much damn fun to play with.
With the stress of having to explain anything gone, worry about time gone, stress over an afk gone… knowing that hell, we CAN be done long before folks get tired…
But it’s a fact that needs to be said.
I can’t come on this blog and say, “Oh wow we are so leet, we killed Netherspite tonight!”
“Yeah”, comes the reply, “So did our level 65 grannies in greens, noob. L2P.”
What I can say, however, is “Oh wow, we had a TON of fun, clearing all of Kara in three hours, and that was playing at a fun, relaxed pace, not playing like frenzied cokeheads.”
Next up on Tuesday is Zul’Aman. I hesitate to imagine what that is going to be like.
Oh, and a roll call of honor…
We had on tonight’s run;
- Morthog the pally tank
- Elysse the feral drood (sometimes off tank, mostly kitty from hell)
- Doodlebug the resto drood
- Barrhona the pally healer (and occasional Smite’r)
- Cassieann the shredder ninja rogue
- Falromord the Titans Grip fury warrior (and hateful bolt eater)
- Xiliah the Shadow Priest
- Elystia the some-kind-of-blasty-spec Mage
- Felsprite the affliction warlock
- Windstar the BM hunter type person
That’s right… two healers, one of which spent half the time blasting stuff, and tons of DPS.
In fact, Doodlebug told us he spent some of the time doing “TreePS”.
You want a fast fight, bring LOTS of DPS, the trash go down in an eyeblink. You need to have DPS that can act FAST.
Oh, and Elysse did a great job of swiping Imps on Illhoof. I knew she would.