Last night was my off night from raiding with my guild, so I took it upon myself to give Raid Finder a try. I quickly was placed in a raid, which was fantastic, but I have a feeling the queue times will increase over time as more people no longer need Raid Finder gear.
The group I was in seemed pretty solid from a mechanics perspective. We 1-shot Morchok, 2-shot Warlord, 3-shot Globule guy, and 2-shot Hagara. Having already completed those bosses from the previous evening, I knew the strategies, so I was expecting it to be easier just from a familiarity perspective. I was pretty shocked at how easy the Raid Finder bosses have been turned down in difficulty.
In my opinion, too much.
Regular 25-man bosses were easy for my guild, in fact, probably far easier than the first time we stepped into Firelands. I walked into Raid Finder with 24 perfect strangers with no past understanding of how well they performed. These people were standing in bad, dying to easy stuff, and sometimes even DPSing the wrong targets.
We still downed those bosses.
To put things even more in perspective, I did all the encounters in Raid Finder as Beastmastery. I had no real practice with the spec anymore (the last time I played BM was during the 1-button macro BM during Burning Crusade). I was constantly in the top 3-4 DPS. I’m not sure if that accurately comments on how good BM has become (but it really is good), or even how skilled I am at adapting to a new spec (I’m not, really — I practice a lot), but that’s also telling me that the group I was with likely didn’t have a lot of Firelands gear, or were very novice raiders.
Basically what I’m getting at is if that group could do it, pretty much anyone can.
After I ran through raid finder, I random grouped my way through the 3 new heroics. They’re also easy, but some have very different mechanics. I’ll cover those in my planned strategies for those (just have a lot to do over the next few days). I think I maybe spent a total of 3 hours between the 3 heroics and the raid finder last night.
That’s a lot of content!
I know the goal is to make the content accessible to everyone, but is this just too easy? I’ll let you know if I have a different opinion once we’re into Heroic modes.