I don’t normally do much of this sort of thing, but time to break with tradition. Congratulations Highborne on downing Lich King in 10 man!
I take back my comments about people pugging the Lich King anytime soon. There is just too many things in this fight that even 30% extra health, DPS and healing can’t paper over. Stuff like Val’kyrs, Necrotic Plague expiring and Defile are still going to require some skill and coordination to overcome.
For us it took us about six nights of attempts to down him. We had about 18 different raiders participate which slowed things down a little. We also probably didn’t focus as keenly as we should have wasting a lot of attempts. Much of the earlier 10 man raiding content can be blasted through in 25 man gear, where brute DPS, healing power, tank health pools can help over come many of the smaller challenges in the fights (kinda like the increasing 5% nerf will). Players are getting their first kill of the Blood Councils, for example, with one eye on the TV and the other on the game. Lich King is a bit different in that you need to focus for quite a long fight and you need to be well coordinated.
Six nights raiding probably sounds like a fair few these days, but it was worth it. Lich King 10 is the only fight, except perhaps Professor Putricide 25, which we have defeated and the players have been pumped and excited. After downing him players were cheering in vent and excited announcing it in guild chat, etc. It ment something to us. We’d accomplished something. Most of the rest of the progression fights have been a case of good work, what’s next kinda thing.
I dunno about the rest of you, but I play this game for challenge. The progression kills we get on the second night of attempts don’t really provide the same enjoyment as the harder ones. I can understand Blizzards position of making most of the content available to most people. It’s in their, and most players, best interest. But as one of the players who is above average (and i’m far from a cutting-edge hard core raider) the dumbing down of content actually slightly decreases my enjoyment of the game.
Swings and roundabouts I guess.