I'm excited for The Firelands. I just hope we won't see another scenario ala Icecream Citadel, where there is very little content for an incredibly long period of time (I didn't like falling asleep while doing heroic-mode bosses).
I think seven bosses, as long as they're done right, is a nice medium. I've come to enjoy a lot of the cataclysm encounters, especially from a ten-man perspective (they may be a little too unforgiving in certain circumstances, but we're able to work around it), so if Blizzard continues this model consider me a happy customer.
Ulduar was a fantastic instance, and the care that was put in to that place definitely shows. It was the crown jewel of Wrath raiding.
I do have a question. I haven't read too deep in to this thread (so many posts, so little time), so if this question has been addressed my apologies - but it begs to be asked.
Will you plan to create little 'side-raids', similar to how Throne of the Four Winds works, as content updates, or are you going to stick with one 'major raid instance' and a loot pinata in Baradin Hold?
I really enjoy going in to Throne of the Four Winds, not having to deal with trash, and just enjoying the bosses themselves. Throne of the Four Winds is an excellent 'side-raid'.
I guess that brings up the arguement whether creating a side-raid that offers additional, 'optional' gear choices would make up for content creation time, but I am just curious...
My second question, will there be another raid after The Firelands before we see the final instance with Deathwing? We've already conquered Cho'gall, Nefarian (well I haven't, but soon(tm)), and soon Ragnaros. It seems that after Ragnaros, we would have taken out his leading commanders. I'm hoping there will be a little surprise for us before the final raid instance.