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As I've said in an LFR thread, I'll support the removal of LFR, if they also remove Heroic and Mythic (WoD) and go back to a one difficulty model with a decent group finder.
(Some)Heroic raiders are just as "entitled" as the LFR crowd they love to hate "herp derp WoW is too ez, we want exclusive content, derp". Probably one of the reasons I don't miss raiding after being forced to quit, is because you had to defeat a boss on several levels before you actually "beat" them. Talk about burnout.
Anyway, as it stands now, I feel it should be tuned for 5-10% of players (guilds) to be able to defeat Heroic content. Any less and I feel it's a waste of development resources.
The bit where you say that a few more mechanics and a 'challenge' isn't enough to keep people interested in raiding and yet.... lots of people are still clearing normal modes and heroic modes for that "few more mechanics and 'challenge'...
So please, lay down some more opin_ *facts*
Halls of lightning was much easier than Stratholme, since it was created for doing a somewhat challenging fight being part of an achievement. Imagine if Culling of Stratholme required you to kill infinite corrupter or you wiped. That would be hard. Original Stratholme you could easily be overwhelmed by adds if you weren't careful, needed to actually handle things like the banshee mind control.
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First of all, when has content, in the history of WoW, ever been used as a term for a dungeons difficulty or gear before LFR? Suppose someone says 'Bliz should release more content', is not the first thing that pops in your head a raid or zone or dungeon? People are making the argument that a different difficulty of the same dungeon is 'content'. It's just simply not true. Go test it in trade, say, 'what content would you like to see'. Not one person will list an achievement, piece of gear or different difficulty of a dungeon. In fact people get pissy when Bliz reuses old dungeons(SFK for example) because it isn't new content, it's 'rehashed' content.
So, argument: Heroic mode is additional content worth working towards.
Rebuttal: It isn't new it is rehashed at a higher difficulty. Is Halo on Legendary a new game?
If I took SoO for example and added a few mobs here and there and maybe moved some around, are you going to consider that new content worth striving for? Remember that the OP is stating that people aren't doing heroic Garrosh simply because of the difficulty. And I'm saying there are other factors, such as people not willing to find a guild and put in hours of time just to get a bit of a challenge from rehashed content they have already seen.
Also, not necessarily relating to all that^
How many people do you think are interested in raiding in the first place, especially on heroic mode? My guess would be a good bit less than 50%. So when he says '.23% of players have defeated heroic garrosh because of its difficulty', that is way out of context considering not every player bothers with it to begin with.
For me personally, going from say Flex to heroic is like winning a boxing match and then being asked to do it with a hand tied behind my back. Fake and redundant. Don't confuse this with me not liking challenging content, I want to be challenged because the content is challenging, not because I'm out searching for a challenge. I'd be cool with heroic being the ONLY difficulty.
In fact I was ok with there being Normal/Heroic in Wrath, because Normal was challenging by default and I know that there are people like end game raiders that want that extra challenge. But when the game is easy by default and I have to handicap myself is when I have a problem.
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The raid feels different when on heroic because te fights are more intricate, but I do think that the higher difficulty doesn't constitute new content as far as burnout or repetition goes. Going from LFR to flex, flex doesn't feel like something new. Heroic fights feel that way, but the raid as a whole does not
so we have around 4 bosses that are different enough to call it new content because of the tactics, because they force you to do something so different from normal that it feels like a new boss.
Dark shamans changes fairly little since most would've done the split tactic on normal 2 if they wiped on this boss even once
Adding on to that, just because a fight has a couple more mechanics doesn't make it feel like a new fight. It's the same atmosphere, the same sounds and usually the same things killing you / same room.
And @AeneasBK, HOL and every hc except maybe old kingdom were easier than any previous max level content pretty much. Old kingdom was easy too if 1 person knew what they were doing and could interrupt shadow blasts and kill volunteers.
Looks like H Garry clears have jumped to just over 1% of raiders. Guess those Blackfuse and Klaxxi adjustments really helped smooth out the whole curve.
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^ I thought the changes were hotfixes, not upcoming -- my mistake. And I'm looking at WoWprogress. I'd forgotten the OP was referring to an MMO-C post, not WoWprogress numbers. So, I thought there was a jump. Again, honest mistake.
I preferred the model of killing a boss on the only difficulty, putting it on farm, and moving forward rather than having to see the boss multiple times on varying degrees of difficulty. Even if the boss had completely different abilities, the fact that the boss was in the same room and looked exactly the same would make it feel redundant for me. I find that the environment and appearance makes up a great part of the boss encounter, and changes in abilities alone wouldn't be enough to say "Hey, this is a completely different boss encounter".
Now that tools have been created and implemented to make finding groups easier, I would like to see how a single difficulty model would fare again, but I doubt Blizzard would do such a thing because multiple difficulties introduces artificial additional content for little extra effort on their part.
As for the statistics on Heroic progression: the incentive to do heroics is dwindling. I just checked the Siege of Orgrimmar meta-achievement, and it doesn't even require heroic boss kills to complete it for the mount reward.
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