35 Yards Out posted today about The Demise of Tier 5 Content. The post was all about how the 2.4 patch caused guilds to give up on SSC/TK end bosses and move on to BT/Hijal “thus messing up the delicate balance of progression”.
Well I think the original reason for the attunement lift was that there “was no progression”. We’ve all heard the blizzard comment that “only 3% of players even made it into BT.” I for one am glad they did. My guild was in the SSC/TK tiers and sometimes its just nice to see new content and take a break from the raiding road blocks.
I think we were 4/5 Hijal and 3/9 BT before we finally dropped Kael. Which is nice because we didn’t just give up on him. There is still some good loot in those instances for those who are in T6 content now.
I see it as widening the content so there isn’t so much pressure and buildup in raiding the T5. If we kept at it, we would have probably lost heart and saw a dip in raid attendance. I’ve been in 2 guilds that ended that way (too casual to progress so eventually people move on and set the “casual guild progression” back a couple months). Instead they lifted these artificial barriers (I say artificial because you don’t have to be a guild decked in T5 to survive first few bosses in BT/Hijal) and allowed raiders to stretch their legs and get some new loot.
All that being said I do think Blizzard is making things easier to get for the causal player. I’m glad they are too. The “Elite” raiders got their prize months ago and still do today in Sunwell so any complaining that the casual player shouldn’t get good raiding gear is pretty moot in my book. How often do you hear people complaining about how Blizzard lifted the Kara attunement?
Awww man! Now everybody will have T4!….QQ
My advice for 35yards would be to always raid like your in a Endgame raid. You are never “stuck” in low gear doing low raids unless you allow yourself to be. If you want to be in a big raiding guild, apply. Get turned down several times. Inbetween you’ll find a guild that will take you in and you’ll get to see more content. Find a raiding guild that matches your gear level and play style and you’ll be glad you did.