Saturday, May 28, 2011

Of Raid Nerfs and Whining

Floating on the sea of hardcore raiders tears...

By now I'm sure everyone has seen the sweeping nerfs that are coming in patch 4.2. I've seen a lot of arguments for and against them, and most of them seem very thought out. But some of them tend to irk me. A lot of the 'hardcore' raider crowd is very upset by these nerfs and a lot of their problems with them seem to be either

  1. Now the raids are so easy anyone can do them!
  2. Now it'll be hard to get our raiders to run the next tier of content because they'll want to wait until it's nerfed to easy-mode!

I gotta say, both of these stances bother me a lot! It seems that many people seem to be of the opinion that either you are at the bleeding edge of content and able to down every raid boss in the game in the first few weeks/months of their release or you have absolutely no right to either see the content, or get the associated gear.

What's up with that? It seems to be that raiders believe they should get some sort of special bonus for being such amazing players that the rest of the community (All of whom pay the same fee to play) doesn't get. But guess what raiders; You DO get a special bonus! You are so awesomely skilled at the game that you get the gear and get to see the content before anyone else. That IS your special reward.

Everyone pays the same fee to play the game; not everyone gets to have the same experiences in it. Some people are stuck having to level alts and whatnot because they aren't lucky enough to have a guild that raids endgame progressively. maybe they don't have time? Maybe their interested in lore more then the game play, and as such don't *quite* have the skill level to master the raid bosses at their hardest difficulty? Does that mean that they are any less entitled to see that same content? To eventually get the same gear?

And as for your fellow raiders not wanting to raid when the instance comes out because "it's too hard, let's just wait for the nerfs"? If they want to wait the several months for the nerfs to come out so they can get the same gear and see the endgame content with the rest of the 'scrubs', then so be it. The whole point of your being an endgame progression raider is to do it first; to flaunt your skill at your class, show off your epic achievements and gear, be the first to get those rare mounts and rewards. If you suddenly don't want to bother with the content and wait for the nerfs, then perhaps your just as little deserving of those rewards as you seem to think all the casuals and lesser skilled players are.

With the new raid tier coming out, I'd like to remind everyone that the current tier of raids will soon be 'old content'. Something to run to either gear up alts for the new raids, or to hit to pick up old achievements and some extra justice points. And the hardmodes are still there for you if you haven't tackled them yet. So can we all please stop complaining about a tier that, for most of the hardcore raiders anyway, will most likely never be run by them again?

So to everyone out there who's just whining because now everyone can get the same stuff you've been able to show off for a long time...

Here's a little cheese to have with your whine....


Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Long Time, No Post

Wow, it's nearly been a month since my last post here! Things got a little crazy here recently, with something coming up every time I even thought about sitting down to type. Don't you hate when that happens? So here's a quick little update on how things are going for me in Azeroth!

I've dabbled a bit in raiding and have now downed every boss up to Cho'Gall and Nefarian. I have quite terrible luck with loot so I have very little to show for it right now besides a nifty cloak... But it's the fun that counts!

I also deleted Brunn's son! Nope, I'm not kidding- I deleted my Death Knight Stagsun (Get it? Stag's Son?). I admit I rolled him when I briefly entertained the idea of moving all my toons to an RP server, and envisioned him to be the son that Brunnstag had lost which drove him to go out into the world by himself and become a lone hunter. I tried to play him after Cata came out, but I had always played Blood DPS and just couldn't get into the groove of things with the other two specs. I honestly had rarely played him but for farming ore and leather once I'd gotten him to 80...

... And I needed a toon to farm those things on quickly and efficiently...

So introducing:

Farmstag! brunn's half dwavren, half Gilnean, cursed worgen cousin! Yes, another hunter- This will actually be the 5th hunter I've gotten to any kind of respectable level, and the third on Winterhoof. I have a thing for hunters. I figured, in terms of speed and efficiency of farming, a worgen hunter would be the way to go. I enjoy the play style and am good at it, so it's win-win all around. On top of that, I'm going to leave him as Beastmaster so I can tame all those flashy fun pets on my alt hunter without sacrificing Brunn's marksman spec.

In other news, I've gotten myself into Warhammer Fantasy Battles. If anyone's interrested in it as well, I've started a painting/playing blog for my Lizardmen Army. You can find it at Jungles of Lustria. There's not much to see there currently, I hope to have some pictures up soon of painting progress on my Skinks and Cold Ones.

Allrighty, I'm off then to nurse this dratted cold that's been plaguing me since Saturday! More posts soon!