I vote they bring back heroic entrance requirements like BC had where getting into a heroic required at least a little more than just being 80. But then, I think all of the level 80 content could benefit from some sort of "Weed out the garbage" buffer between level 79.999 and 80 that made the bads either get better or give up and go play something else.
Yeah, and ***** over all the late-comers who need Normal instance runs, but can't find any...
I remember TBC. I almost quit WoW permanently during it, but then they announced Wrath and I heard some of the promises about "a less painful gear curve" and such, so I stuck around, and I'm glad I did.
I hit Lv70 about the time Black Temple came out, TBC was already halfway into swing. I played a Warrior.
In TBC, nobody wanted a DPS warrior; they sucked unless they were fully decked out in the best Raid Gear and even then, DPS warriors were not common by any means. So, if I wanted to do endgame content, I had to go as a Tank. Gearing up a Tank to Tank Level 80 Normal Dungeons
was painful enough, forget Heroics.
I needed lots and lots of Normal Dungeons; I must have done the Lv80 normals at least 20+ times and I had gotten 2 piece of gear, a shield, that wasn't as good as the one I already had (SSO had just recently been released; I had their shield) and a pair of shoulders from Black Morass.
I spent weeks on tanking the same 3-4 instances (Slabs, killed Murmur 8 times, no shoulders), Bot, Mech, and even did Arcatraz a few times, all the while wishing I could get Badges for these runs so that I could actually get decent gear that would let me into Karazhan.
Nobody wants to spend 3, 4, 5+ weeks tanking normal instances for boss drops that almost never drop it.
The current system is fine, though I will agree the Oculus bribes are going a little far. 2 Extra Triumphs, though... the instance already gives 4, you get 2 more from the random LFG system if it wasn't your first dungeon, and then now 2 more from the bag... 8 badges from one instance, I'll definitely love seeing Oculus come up on the Randoms now.
Esp. now that I can get a drake ontop of THAT.
Not sure what they mean by "rare gems" .... do they mean the super-common blue quality ("rare") gems, or do they mean the purple-quality gems? Most of the Blue-Quality gems aren't worth that much, 'cept Yellow and Red... oh well. They still vendor for 3g each. lol.
The good thing of it is, is if you "force" (or, well, strongly encourage) people to do Oculus, the "harder" (more complex?) content found within that instance might actually wake some of the scrubs up into being better players. Some of them. Others are beyond hope... that's what Vote-Kick is for. Edited, Jan 5th 2010 9:26am by Zariamnk