Color me a little surprised.
Blizzard dropped this bomb yesterday…
With the final showdown against Deathwing approaching, we’ve been keeping a close eye on players’ progress through the current Firelands raid content. Before patch 4.3 is released, we want groups who are working on Heroic-difficulty content to be able to get as close to Ragnaros as possible, and we want players who are tackling normal progression to be able to experience as many of the encounters as they can. To achieve these goals, we’ll be toning down the difficulty of both normal and Heroic raids through hotfixes in the coming weeks. In general, we plan to reduce health and damage of all raid bosses in both normal and Heroic Firelands by around the same percentage we brought difficulty down for the original Cataclysm raids when Rage of the Firelands (patch 4.2) was released.
We’re looking forward to seeing more groups of players face off against the Fire Lord in the weeks ahead. However, before we make these changes, we want to give everyone a final shot at the bosses at their current difficulty level — so this is a heads up that we’re planning to apply the difficulty hotfixes beginning the week of September 19.
Stay tuned to the Patch 4.2 Hotfixes blog for these and other live updates to the game as they happen.
Wow. It feels like we just got into Firelands, and this is coming so quickly thereafter! Now in fairness, Rag was cleared week 1, and heroics were started the week following. I’ve truly enjoyed Firelands, and I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve changed guilds and environment, or because I genuinely like the encounters. I almost don’t want to see this normal mode nerf so soon. I want to get Rag down pre-nerf!
I’m not sure of the time table for 4.3, but given the fact that it’s not even on the PTR yet, we’re probably looking at 3-4 months at the bare minimum — which puts it very close to the December and New Years holidays — pretty much 1 year after we had our worlds torn apart by Deathwing in the first place.
Here’s what I’m fearful of: I don’t want to be killing Deathwing every week for a year like we did with Arthas.
The long lag time between ICC and Cataclysm created a lot of burn out and destroyed a number of guilds, particularly those that raid. I’m not sure it’s the best choice for that kind of lag time.
Knowing that 4.3 will indeed be the Deathwing patch, I do think we’ll get the name, and a brief preview of the next expansion at Blizzcon. Rainbows in pandaland anyone?
What are your thoughts on the nerf and the potential release schedule?