10% nerf to old riads! Y?

Community Manager
Woah, you're nerfing the old raids by 10%? I'm certain you don't have compelling and well written reasons as well as supportive systems to ensure my time is recognized.
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Thanks for your question Bashiok, I’m SO GLAD YOU ASKED.

Something that has continued to evolve over the life of the game has been end-game progression, and what’s required of your character to see what is at any one time considered the final raid. Originally it was a very linear path. You had to gear up through one raid before you could attempt the next, and the one after that, and so on. It meant that if you were even slightly behind the curve you could potentially never catch up. We began adding mechanics and options in Burning Crusade and beyond to ensure players could, with effort, have some ability to catch up. Fast forward to Cataclysm where we believe we went too far the other direction and a freshly minted 85 didn’t really have to do anything before jumping directly into Dragon Soul.

In Mists of Pandaria we want to get back to where we were in helping people catch up, but only through some effort in completing prior content. We don’t want it to be a linear A->B->C model again, because that causes a lot of undue burden on guilds attempting to catch up alts and replacements, but we also don’t want the Cataclysm model of being able to more or less skip straight to the end, invalidating everyone’s efforts who came before.

New characters coming into Mists of Pandaria will be going through Mogu’shan Vaults, Heart of Fear, and Terrace of Endless Spring, killing bosses, and gearing up before moving on. Due to that we’ll be adjusting the difficulty, as well as item drops, to make progression a bit quicker without shortcutting people directly to the Throne of Thunder raid. With the release of 5.2 enemy health and damage in the three prior raids will be reduced by 10%. We expect this to be a one-time reduction, and not a slowly increasing reduction as we’ve done previously.

In addition, item drops are being greatly increased, including those from Elder Charm of Good Fortune bonus rolls.
In addition, as stated in the patch notes, costs of 5.0 and 5.1 Valor items are being reduced by 50% and 25% respectively.
IN ADDITION! If you’re killing bosses in Normal and Heroic before 5.2 releases, and thus pre-nerf, you’ll actually get Feats of Strength honoring the accomplishments you made before the change – which is pretty cool. IMO.

With these changes we hope to see players able to catch up when coming into the game mid-expansion, or leveling an alt, but still putting in the time and effort to get to the latest tier.
Edited by Bashiok on 2/6/2013 1:02 AM PST
100 Human Warrior
90 Gnome Mage
90 Night Elf Druid
Bashiok, you'll always be my favorite. <3
97 Blood Elf Priest
I'm with Bashiok on this one. Both Bashioks. Because quantum science.

The next nerf may be the nerf home.
Edited by Myrellia on 2/5/2013 7:20 PM PST
90 Draenei Paladin
55 Night Elf Death Knight
My alts appreciate the speedier runs.
87 Gnome Warrior
Maybe I can convince my guild to give it a shot eventually!
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90 Blood Elf Paladin
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AKA. Practical
90 Gnome Monk
As someone who is currently progressing in heroic mode, I have zero and I mean ZERO problem AT ALL with nerfs being implemented after content is no longer current. Throw the players who aren't progressing a bone I say~!!!
100 Blood Elf Paladin
Bashiok - I think I love you.

I am REALLY looking forward to these nerfs! You've made me a happy man today!
90 Human Warrior
And this is why Bashiok is awesome.

Well, this and the mustache.
90 Blood Elf Priest
Thanks for your question Bashiok, I’m SO GLAD YOU ASKED.

I love the blizzard sense of wit.
90 Blood Elf Paladin
Great idea.

Thumbs up!
90 Pandaren Monk
well i guess guilds that dont raid often or cannot down bosses can start clearing content XD
90 Draenei Death Knight
So Bashiok, will you only get the Feat of Strength if you complete all 3 raids on normal mode before 5.2 is released?
90 Blood Elf Death Knight

I love the title of this post, Bashiok. =]

Aaaaand cool. I know a lot of people had been wanting some kind of validation for beating raids without the nerfing, and I think this'll make those people happy.
90 Pandaren Monk
oh yeah and its not Riads XD, *Raids
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