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Update: Added tonight's Blue Posts, which address some questions about the difficulty change.

Dragon Soul Difficulty Change - Power of the Aspects to 10%
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of February 28, the “Power of the Aspects” spell will grow more powerful, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the Dragon Soul raid by 10%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Raid Finder difficulty.

Don’t need the help of the Dragon Aspects? The spell can be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul.

We hope you continue to enjoy Dragon Soul, and that these changes encourage you to attempt a higher difficulty, or just keep pushing to down that next boss.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Dragon Soul Difficulty Reduction
MMO Champ JUST published a blog about how effective the 5% nerf was. As the graph indicates, progress is continuing at a healthy, linear rate. It hasn't leveled off. Why are you nerfing heroic mode, again? You explicitly told us that you would not continue with blind nerfs on auto pilot.
We're not "nerfing blindly." Keep in mind that, the debuff can be disabled. So if you and your Raid choose to do so, you can take on the encounter without it. We also explained our thought processes in the original announcement blog about the debuff here.

Despite arguments to the contrary, there is a choice involved here. You can choose to leave the debuff on or turn it off. If you're looking for the challenge that doing the raid gives you without the debuff and your raid group isn't interested in turning off the debuff, that is still a choice that is being made. No one is forcing that on anyone. If you personally feel forced, then it may be an option to find another group that is interested in the challenge of doing it without the debuff.

Meanwhile, the debuff affords those that want to progress a bit, who have experienced difficulty, more of a leg-up.

It's fine to disagree with us on this, but please make sure that you continue to do so in a constructive manner and refrain from starting flame wars or posting harassing/defamatory language toward posters in the thread. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Dragon Soul Difficulty Reduction
And yes, maybe I'm a special snowflake who likes recognition. But I argue that the game is now somewhat built around recognition since achievements were added to the game.
We understand that there are players out there who do what they do for recognition and--dare I say it?--glory. Since we'll likely continue to use a model where we introduce a raid, then slowly remove roadblocks over time, there's a possibility that we could do something akin to adding a feat of strength for players who defeat an encounter in a non-debuffed incarnation, or possibly time-stamps on the armory raid progression section. At the very least, there are options on the table for the future. These aren't things we'll be able to do for Dragon Soul though.

Nobody is getting held up by 5% or 10% damage and health on bosses, they're getting held up by mechanics.
When a group is really close to taking down a boss, but just can't seem to manage it, a bump like this is sometimes enough to see them on to the next challenge. (Official Forums)

PTR Scheduled Maintenance 2/23/12
In addition to the maintenance going on today (2/22/12) the PTR realms will also be down tomorrow morning (2/23/12) from 5:00am-7:00am PST. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

War College - Strand of the Ancients
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The battlefields of World of Warcraft are littered with the bones of those who have become casualties in the ongoing conflict between the Horde and the Alliance. You do not need to become one of them. One of the keys to victory is knowledge, and that is where the World of Warcraft War College enters the picture. In these discussions between players, you can learn and share strategies with other players to improve your tactics and improve your odds of emerging victorious from the field of battle.

Are you a veteran Gladiator with countless victories tallied? Are you new to World of Warcraft and striving to improve your PvP skills? In this weekly feature, we invite players of all skill levels to ask questions, share tips and tactics, and join a conversation dedicated to surviving and thriving in World of Warcraft PvP.

Don’t forget to up-vote forum posts that are on-topic and helpful!

This week, the topic of discussion is: Strand of the Ancients - Which strategies are most effective in Strand of the Ancients on offense and defense? What tips, tricks and tactics have you discovered? What common mistakes have you witnessed?

Join the War College forum thread here.
This article was originally published in forum thread: Dragon Soul Difficulty Change - Power of the Aspects to 10% started by Boubouille View original post
Comments 281 Comments
  1. Fragrell's Avatar
    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Why do they always nerf!?
  1. fangless's Avatar
    Still two plates per tendon unless you've been farming Heroic Madness for months, not really going to make or break any guilds save for maybe the few that are currently working on Madness.
  1. Yeren's Avatar
    10% already bit too soon i think unless MoP is coming out in 5 months???
  1. mofi's Avatar
    if you don´t like it, don´t use it!
    if you´re mad because not so good groups will have a better chance on downing bosses,shut up
  1. Cablecow's Avatar
    stop the whining the same crap happend in icc
  1. Tokurei's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mofi View Post
    if you don´t like it, don´t use it!
    if you´re mad because not so good groups will have a better chance on downing bosses,shut up
    LFR/Norm/heroic... who cares, right? As long as people have fun and get their shiny loots because that's what it's all about! Not about "being better" or any such nonsense... who wants to learn how to play better when Blizz tosses raid nerfs at players like candy.
  1. Drakoes's Avatar
    My guild killed 25HC madness before the 5% nerf and so this 10% buff just makes things even more easier for us.
  1. Maelle's Avatar
    On the plus side we are one nerf closer to people shutting the hell up about the nerfs for 2 minutes... Yay!
  1. Zomglazerpew's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stede View Post
    It's been a month.... just like they said. Why is anyone surprised?
    Ya that's pretty much what I'm getting from all the comments lol. This is the same pace they did for ICC as well, nothing new.
  1. CheeseDoodlez's Avatar
    are people actually genuine when they whine about the nerfs. It's been like this since forever. Is it just that you have to jump on the "cool bandwagon" to show others that you are so damn pro that you want all content unnerfed forever? I bet 90% of these whiners wont even get to kill DW heroic until they are decked in MoP gear. and the other 10% is elitist scum that hates seeing others accomplish something.
  1. mercutiouk's Avatar
    1% of the RAIDING population has cleared DS heroic. Those folks don't loose anything from it being easier.
  1. Ignominious's Avatar
    Dang, quite a bit sooner than what I had expected!
  1. Paulosio's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Stede View Post
    It's been a month.... just like they said. Why is anyone surprised?
    They never said the buff would get stronger by 5% each month. They said they'd monitor how the buff affected things and then may increase the buff as they felt it was needed. They could have left it longer. At no point was 1 month stated.
  1. ablib's Avatar
    I sometimes raid with a group with a tank that sucks, but believe it or not, he's kind of elitist and thinks he's good. Last month the first thing he did was turn the 5% buff off, because it was "bullshit". I told him that you still can't position Zon Ozz correctly, and as a result wipe on him all the time. Also this group is still 5/7 normal after 2 months of raiding DS together, so we're turning it back on. I would venture to guess most idiots don't even realize that they need the buff, and would rather bitch about it due to some superiority concept they have in video games.
  1. Moustacho's Avatar
    well i have to say, we got only a few weeks for trying DS HC with the 5% nerf. If things are going as fast as they go now, then in 3 months DS will have a 25% damage and health reduction, at that moment people are more and more geared so the Raid will be even on HC mode a walk over. I think if this will go slower, as in once per month instead of twice, the raid will keep people playing longer.Food for thoughts!
  1. redxxxxx's Avatar
    Welcome to world of warcraft the kids games. we nerf and nerf so its to easy o.O
  1. shindaah's Avatar
    wow that was fast.. i dont mind a nerf more but i think its too soon
  1. asharia's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ablib View Post
    I sometimes raid with a group with a tank that sucks, but believe it or not, he's kind of elitist and thinks he's good. Last month the first thing he did was turn the 5% buff off, because it was "bullshit". I told him that you still can't position Zon Ozz correctly, and as a result wipe on him all the time. Also this group is still 5/7 normal after 2 months of raiding DS together, so we're turning it back on. I would venture to guess most idiots don't even realize that they need the buff, and would rather bitch about it due to some superiority concept they have in video games.
    5/7 normal? daymn, they're so pro they managed to skip a boss
  1. Heltoray's Avatar
    why dont they just hand out heroic loot in lfr if they nerf the stuff thats supposed to be ,,hard" anyway... What point is there in heroic modes right now? i wonder how far mop is and how long we will expected to be farming content that has been made irrelevant by being nerfed to oblivion. I seriously think it will yet again be an absolute snorefest with the class revamps. But I get it, their point is for scrubby mcrandom to be able to get best-in-slot gear just as much as anyone else. Did I already mention this is ridiculous and offending to me as a player?
  1. MysticalOS's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Dead_MAX View Post
    Again? So fast?
    it's been a month, once a month, that's exactly what they did with ICC. Actually it's a few days short of a month but that's more to fit their maintenance schedule. it was either do it 3 days early or few days late.

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