08/03/2012 01:35 PM
Posted by Karamok
Their idea of challenge modes will prolong that content just goes to show how disconnected they are with their playerbase
I don't think the primary goal of Challenge Modes is to extend the life of that content. I think it's a sincere effort to present players with the challenge they've been wanting from 5-mans without forcing that level of difficulty on everyone who wants to experience those instances.
I'm sure some players would prefer something besides speed clears, and hopefully it will evolve to include more, but I think the point is to give players a choice beyond grinding the same faceroll dungeons for VP.
I think it'll be interesting to see if players actually want the challenge or if they just really enjoy talking about how much taller the hills were on their way to and home from school.
I don't think to many people think it's an interesting concept at all with it's incarnation and implementation. With 5 mans, even more so on ones that are tightly tuned around speed it's critical to have things like Bloodlust, quick CC, good burst for trash, high DPS, a tank that takes the least amount of damage, and a healer that can either support the DPS or have the best mana regen in low end gear.
With how much of that criteria fits mages perfectly, I doubt we'll see a single server top speed run on any instance that does not include at least one mage.
It's a convenience issue to most players, you have to run to the instance itself - the kicker is by the time you can port to the instance you already have gold so there's no incentive to go back. If you want straight VP, outside of the gear normalization the mobs have significantly more health and do more damage.
This is not mentioning to secure the bast times, all DPS are outright going to need a second set of gear. It will does not normalize your hit. That's a TON of wasted itemization on hit, since the people this is aimed at are likely going to be in raid gear.
Outside of grabbing gold once per instance for the rewards, I can't think of a reason to ever step foot back in them (outside of maybe helping someone else get all golds).