Now that I’ve seen more and read more about how people are using the new content and features in patch 5.4 for WoW; I’m impressed.
The standout items are the raid encounters and the proving grounds. Both I’ve not really stepped into much of either yet but both have created such an effective response from the players that they seem to be the aspects that will be remembered the most. The new raid benefits from the way the lore of the Destruction of the Vale cannot be ignored in the game. A straight up clever and direct call to players.
Flex raiding seems also to not have ended the world either, which while not unexpected does point out that no great percentage of the population was going to be forced to raid Flex + Normals, + LFRs over and over.
For Normal mode raiding I joined one of our Guild’s teams for a short round of attempts on the Dark Shaman. It was a reminder about positioning, clarity of thinking, raid awareness, and consideration to your fellow raiders.
In Normal mode you cannot take this fight for granted as so much of it requires adaption to circumstance. It is not as stupidly random as some older boss fights have been, instead the effects and timing of the mechanics can be learned, and their variable positioning demands that the raid adjust and adapt. It was fun to wipe on, which is something that I do not often say.
I hope you are enjoying it, and we continue to see some really useful features added in WoW’s future.
Happy Killing, TyphoonAndrew