Wow, its Tuesday already? Where is the time going? Oh yeah- to writing papers due just before Spring Break in a couple of weeks! -facepalm-
Anywho, welcome back! With today’s release of the third wing of Blackrock Foundry for LFR, I would like to take a few moments of your time and talk about raid and raid difficulties. Specifically, I would like to address the GLARING difference between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic Blackrock Foundry.
DISCLAIMER: This is fairly standard by now- My word is not law. This is just the impressions that I’ve gotten (read: my own experiences) of Heroic BRF. Remember, I’m a filthy casual, so you’re not getting in-depth theorycrafting here- you can get that a million other places.
So, when Highmaul released, I started doing Normals. But Normal quickly became “farmed content.” Which is good, right, because Normal (WoD) is Flex (MoP)? I mean, we killed Imperator on Normal once before we were like, “Heroics all the time.” So my raid group (comprised of 15-16 people of varying skill levels, classes, etc.) were geared up with Heroic stuff- ilvl 670+ for the most part.
When Blackrock Foundry dropped, OF COURSE we were going to go right into Heroic. Why wouldn’t we? Isn’t that how its supposed to work? You go from Heroic Highmaul to Heroic BRF?
I was so wrong. We did Heroic Gruul for the first time, and I swear my raid looked like this:
And it raised a resounding question: why was it so much harder? The mechanics of the fights aren’t any different between Normal and Heroic. Sure, it was our first time in there, but we had the gear for it- or we thought we did. So what was the problem? Were we really so unprepared? Or was it really just that damn hard?
I’m thinking it’s really just that damn hard, and I want to know why. Maybe it’s just me, but the natural progression of raids should (in my honest opinion) be Normal to Normal, Heroic to Heroic, and Mythic to Mythic- not “gear in Normal BRF for Heroic BRF, even though the gear you got from Heroic Highmaul is five ilvls higher than the gear you get from Normal BRF.” It just… doesn’t make sense. Aside from Tier (which is game changing, let me tell you), the possibility of better stats on BRF gear (Highmaul gear did have a lot of Versatility and Multistrike), and just plain learning the fights, I see absolutely no point to doing Normal BRF. I should be in Heroic. I had heroic gear. I was ilvl 670 when I went into BRF. Almost nothing in BRF Normal is an upgrade for me- and that’s saying something because I have actually DOWNGRADED pieces because they had better secondary stats on them (getting rid of some of that Versatility because HOOBOY do I hate it.) Going into Normal BRF after coming out of Heroic Highmaul almost makes me feel like I wasted all of that time progressing through the much harder difficulty- and makes me wonder how screwed I’d be if we’d only done Normal Highmaul.
So here’s the question then, dear readers: is the disparity between Heroic Highmaul and Heroic BRF too great? Is it not enough? Is it just right? Let me know!