Drachenseele: Nerf in Eiskronenzitadellen-Manier

Update: Bashiok hat sich inzwischen ebenfalls in der Diskussion im offiziellen Forum zu Wort gemeldet und gab einen Zeitraum von einem Monat an, bis die nächsten 5% aktiviert werden sollen. Nachlesen könnt ihr sein Statement am Ende des Beitrags.

Der Content vom aktuellen Patch 4.3 in der Drachenseele ist für einen Teil der Gilden schon gegessen und damit auch mehr Spieler die Herausforderungen im normalen und heroischen Schwierigkeitsgrad erleben können, hat Blizzard seit Cataclysm die Bosse im aktuellen Raid nach einiger Zeit immer abgeschwächt.

War es im ersten Patch noch so, dass der Pechschwingenabstieg, die Bastion des Zwielichts und der Thron der Vier Winde erst mit Einführung der Feuerlande und auch nur auf dem normalen Modus abgeschwächt wurden, traf die Feuerlande sehr viel früher der Nerf-Hammer. Schon 12 Wochen nach Erscheinen von Patch 4.2 wurden normaler und heroischer Schwierigkeitsgrad stark abgeschwächt (Als Vergleich: der Schwierigkeitsgrad aus Patch 4.0 hielt sich mit geringen Anpassungen knappe 6 Monate).

Mit den Wartungsarbeiten am 31. Januar werden nun auch an der Drachenseele die normalen und heroischen Schwierigkeitsgrade angepasst. Blizzard kehrt dabei zurück zu einem Modell, was wir schon aus der Eiskronenzitadelle kennen. Die “Macht der Aspekte” (Power of the Aspects) verringert die Lebenspunkte und den verursachten Schaden aller Gegner in der Drachenseele um 5%. Dieser Buff wird sich über die Zeit immer mehr verstärken, um den Schwierigkeitsgrad der Bosse zu senken und sie für die Spieler besser zugänglich zu machen. Der Buff kann auch ausgeschaltet werden, indem ihr Lord Afrasastrasz am Eingang der Drachenseele ansprecht, wenn ihr die Bosse ohne Hilfe des Buffs versuchen wollt.

Wie findet ihr diesen Nerf? Kommt er zur rechten Zeit oder ist er zu früh? Und welche der drei Möglichkeiten bevorzugt ihr oder wärt ihr für eine ganz andere? Diskutiert mit uns in den Newskommentaren!

Zitat von: Blizzard Entertainment (Quelle)
During the scheduled server maintenance on the week of January 31, the Dragon Soul raid will become enveloped by the ?Power of the Aspects? spell, reducing the health and damage dealt of all enemies in the raid by 5%. This spell will grow progressively stronger over time to reduce the difficulty and make the encounters more accessible. The spell will affect both normal and Heroic difficulties, but it will not affect the Looking for Raid difficulty.

The spell can also be disabled by talking to Lord Afrasastrasz at the beginning of Dragon Soul, if a raid wishes to attempt the encounters without the aid of the Dragon Aspects.

For those of you who raided in Firelands and/or Icecrown you?re no doubt aware that as time goes on we want to keep people progressing by adjusting the difficulty. For any number of reasons a group may be having difficulty on a specific encounter each week, and our intent in adjusting the content is to ensure the ability to keep progressing, enjoying the content, and gearing up. With Icecrown we progressively buffed the players, and while this slow progression (and ability to opt-out of the buff) were both beneficial, it led to an expectation of your characters power, and once you left the raid you could certainly feel less effective. For Firelands we attempted to fix that by nerfing the content instead of buffing players, but we nerfed the content difficulty all at one time, which was counterproductive for players who really didn?t need as severe a change as we made. With Dragon Soul we?re attempting to do the best of both by having a progressive nerf to the content, keeping player power constant while providing small increases in assistance over a long period of time, as well as allowing players to opt-out of the assistance by speaking to Lord Afrasastrasz.

We hope you continue to enjoy Dragon Soul, and that these changes encourage you to attempt a higher difficulty, or just keep pushing to down that next boss.

Und Bashiok erklärt weiter:

Zitat von: Bashiok (Quelle)
For everyone reading, this is in reference to: http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/4326384/Dragon_Soul_Difficulty_Changes-1_18_2012#blog

Believe it or not there are actually guilds and raiding groups that are attempting to progress through Normal and Heroic raids, but are hitting a wall, and have been hitting a wall. We have actual statistical data we base our changes on, we know exactly how many people are clearing these raids each week, we know exactly how many people are able to down just a few bosses, and how many were only able to down a few bosses every week for weeks on end and then stopped raiding altogether.

The issue we’re constantly trying to combat is the one where people feel like they’re just out of options. One way this is an issue is the content is too easy, they blasted through it, have everything they could possibly want, and have nothing else to do. Ideally that’s a small subset of very hardcore players. For everyone else it’s a feeling of just being stuck with no possible way to progress. Very few players are willing to suit up, buff up, do all the necessary requirements to raid, jump in, and then do no better than they did last week for hours and hours, only to return next week and do the same.

If a guild doesn’t want the help, they’re free to opt out of the buff. For those that do it’s an approximate 5% change, which is pretty minor, and we expect it to be about a month before we raise it another 5%. This first change will absolutely help the guilds that are just barely sc@%#!*# by, or just need a tiny bump to cross the next hurdle, but it’s just not logical to exclaim that someone will roll into Raid Finder, grab a couple items, then be looting Heroic Deathwing’s corpse the next night.

We feel the content has been out for quite a while now, that most people who have progressed and downed Deathwing on Heroic have done so, they’ve had sufficient time to celebrate in their accomplishments, and these very small progressive alterations will only help guilds that are already doing well in the raid get over some hurdles they may be facing.

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