04/04/2012 12:00 AMPosted by Mith
[quote][quote][quote]I've tried to, as have other posters, by comparing it to tiered raiding versus a sandbox. You seem to prefer sandboxes. Fortunately Blizzard seems to prefer tiering.
Except that in your comparisons to tiered raiding you forget to highlight how tiered raiding in WoW offers you many options on what to kill instead of one forced, linear, progressive path to the best gear, and how people love having the freedom to go after many heroic bosses at once, in the order of their choosing, and hate having to do one specific boss at a time in a predetermined order (see: ToC).
And you have not (and cannot) refute that in tiered raiding, only the highest level raid matters as endgame content, and all previous tiers are immediately discarded unless players are otherwise forced to do them in order to access the latest ones (see: TBC attunements).
Can I refute it? No. Since this is all opinion, and neither can you refute the opposite.
However in tiered raiding when done RIGHT the highest level raid matters to people doing the highest level raid, the next one down to people at that level of skill/progression and so forth. This was how it worked in BC before the nerf and badge system came in. You had people working on Kara. You had people working on SSC/TK. You had people working on BT. You had a few people working on Sunwell. Eventually Sunwell was cleared by even less.
If you had your way, Sunwell would have been 40 bosses. Some people would be working on Sunwell. The rest would be endlessly running Dungeons.