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#1 - 2013/02/17 08:59:00 PM
Edit: To Rephrase!

The point I'm trying to make (Which has either been misunderstood or I didn't explain it properly), is not to suddenly nerf-bomb all normals. The point is in the title of the post - There is no learning curve.

For example: In MSV the first four Bosses require very little from your raid, then you get slapped with Elegon from out of nowhere with his crazy berserk timer and gear requirements (This is obviously not so much of an issue now that people can overgear the fight from LFR alone). Then you get Will of the Emperor which is a joke in comparison - That is not a very well tuned learning curve, that is: x4 Easy Bosses > x1 Huge step-up > x1 Over-easy Final Boss.

This seems even more extreme or perhaps noticeable in HoF because there is a limit to how much you can currently over-gear Garalon and yet again the first two Bosses offer little to no challenge.

The step-up is too large, the only time I feel you should experience that dramatic rise in difficulty should be for a final Boss. Example: Majordomo Staghelm > Ragnaros in Normal Firelands was a huge step up for a lot of Guilds, but he was the final boss so it was understandable. This also of course meant that even Guilds who couldn't manage Ragnaros on Normal could still gear up from all of the other Bosses before the next patch. Currently Guilds that can't overcome Garalon can only farm two Bosses in HoF and none in Terrace before 5.2 comes out.

When 5.2 comes out Guilds will not want to stay farming old content even if they aren't geared for the new content, that's just the way it is. As such a lot of Guilds will be smashing straight into Throne of Thunder with only the gear from the first couple of HoF Bosses at best.

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#10 - 2013/02/18 03:43:00 PM
Patch 5.2 will reduce the damage and health of bosses on Patch 5.0 raids by 10%. And The 5.0 Raid Finders will have their droprate upped as well. Pair that with Patch 5.2's upcoming Raid Finder (which requires item level 480) and hopefully you'll have more than enough gear in a timely manner to finish whichever bosses you have still left in 5.0 and move on to the Throne of Thunder :)

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#16 - 2013/02/18 04:37:00 PM
Unfortunately Draztal the game doesn't work like that as much as Blizzard would like it too. When 5.2 comes out, even those players that didn't get around to completing T14 raids will enter ToT and forget all about T14 raids. Granted there is not "catch up" system this time like other tiers which is good and bad ( good from a new player PoV, bad from an alt PoV). I hope this doesn't lead to normal modes gettign hit hard with nerf bats like firelands was


If they have enough gear to push through ToT certainly they have it to clear the remainder bosses of 5.0 raids once 5.2 has been released. Of course, it's up to each individual guild to do whatever they consider better. If they don't feel like finishing MV/HoF/TES... more power to them? Those that clear it before current content on normal will get a Feat of Strength called "Ahead of the Curve" for each of the end bosses in these three raids, too.