Once upon a time, long before Iphones were invented, MMO games were ment for people that wanted to invest their spare time into something other then watching TV or going to a bar. Something challenging, something that would keep them busy, something that will cater to their competitive spirit and make the time go fast. But all that came to an end around 2008 when WoW opened the flood gates to everyone that was willing to buy the game and pay 12$/month.
I consider myself to be an old school hardcore raider. I don’t mind sitting there camping one mob for 1 week if that’s what I have to do to get the best consumables, I like the idea of going through long chains of quests to be able to enter a raid dungeon, I don’t mind having to fix 5 sets of gear just to have the resistance needed for every fight and above all I don’t mind wiping on bosses. Actually I believe that 100 wipes only makes the first kill worth an yell that will wake up the entire neighborhood.
When Rift first came out I was totally disappointed with how Cataclysm went so it wasn’t a hard decision to move over. I loved Rift. It wasn’t easy to level, you had to quest alone and do every quest in every area otherwise you would lag behind on XP, if you wanted to run dungeon you had to put a group together yourself and get to know the people you were playing with, expert dungeons were hard and took more then 10 minutes to complete, etc. I thought it was really great.
It took me some time to settle and realize what I wanted to do and what I wanted to play so I only joined the raiding scene after River of Souls was released so when I will be referring to raiding progress I will be talking about Hammerknell. Fortunately I found a great guild really fast, I am talking about Special Olympics.
As some of you already know, Special Olympics is the hardcore raiding guild I belong to. I wouldn’t say we are the best of the best as Cookie tends to do quite a lot, but we are an OK lot of people, that troll together early in the morning at patch release time. We have some World Firsts kills in Hammerknell and most of the Europe Firsts kills in Infernal Dawn so we do quite well if you ask me.
It’s been two weeks since Infernal Dawn released and I have mixed feelings about it. At first I was really disappointed at the idea of gates. In my opinion, banging your head against an encounter that is mathematically impossible is better then having nothing to do but stare at a physical barrier.
Special thanks to Paul for this self explanatory image.
The issue with being in a hardcore raiding guild is that you expect to raid like a mad man for 2 months then raid one day a week until the next 20 man dungeon is here. But with the gates, we ended up raiding one day a week still. I can’t even start to explain how disappointed I was. I waiting from the start of October until half of April to raid 7 days a week and all we got was 1 day. I was close of going rampage on the forums, crying to everyone that will listen and cancel my subscription.
But then I logged of my Defiant and I logged on my Guardian and decided to check how the guardian guild that I am in is doing in Infernal Dawn. So there I was, listening to them on their Mumble, seeing how excited they were to go into ID even if they missed the early opening at 5 a.m. and I had to stop and think for one second… maybe I’m missing something. Maybe I was to busy raging at the fact that ID was gated and it didn’t come out at the same time on both EU and US and I just forgot to enjoy the actual dungeon itself.
Yesterday I listened to them killing Maklamos the Scryer. It took them an entire night to do it but they killed him and they loved doing it. Today the lovely guys and girls of Envy (on Blightweald-Guardian) were kind enough to let me come to them to a night of progress on the Ember Conclave. We didn’t manage to kill them but we got close to it in case you are curious, but somehow I had a lot of fun with them and the way they were doing it, it made the encounter look very well tuned. Not as easy as being possible to learn in one raid and not to hard to make it look impossible to get and make people not show up the next day.
I got it !!!
So today I finally understood what we, the hardcore raiders born before 2008, have to do in order to not feel utter disappointment from now on. We need to stick together in a hardcore guild, raid until we clear everything then hop on our alts and for the rest of the week enjoy the content the way Trion wants it to be enjoyed, nice and easy.
These days having 25k raid DPS instead of 40k makes encounters seem well balanced, makes bosses nice to progress on and gives the “Oh yeah !” effect when you down a boss. All I can say is: “Aaa ! that’s what you want us to do Trion !”. I got it now. I know how to have fun.
If this doesn’t make sense to you, it’s ok, I just had to share this with someone. I just had a big “Aha !!” moment tonight. If you want to see me have fun don’t forget to check my stream !