Please do not rush the addition of raiding content in TBC classic.
With TK/SSC going live on PTR-servers, this is an indication of ‘new’ raid content coming to TBC live servers pretty soon. What I am going to provide an argument for in this post may not be something that a lot of readers and writers on this forum will agree with, but I believe it is an important aspect to consider in the debate over the pace of adding new content to classic TBC. However, I welcome your opinion about it.
First off, I want us to remember that the consensus amongst us was that the launch of TBC Classic came out of nowhere. For players returning to TBC, they were given mere days to prepare. For those unable to level a dranei or blood elf to 60 in time for the opening of the Dark Portal, they were left a little behind. For others, who may have wanted to take a week off work to play hardcore, the short notice became an issue.
Now, I want to discuss the pacing of how new content is released for TBC classic. We are a couple of months into it and most guilds have all raiding content on farm. However, I doubt that most players have completed all content. For instance, I know for a fact that not everyone has been bothered with finishing attunements for SSC/TK and not everyone has reached a full BiS set of gear in preparations for the next raiding content.
My point is that there is still much to do in the game, even at a point where raid content is on farm and may effectively take up as little as 3 hours of raiding per week (2 h for Kara and 1 h for Gruul/maggy). Just because content is on farm, this doesn’t mean that new raiding content is due.
An important aspect of the Classic experience so far, I believe is that it possible to enjoy content at a slower pace. For instance, there are players who only play tbc classic and don’t have a lot of hours to sink in the game as they have now families, work and other chores to take care of. There are also players who alternate between retail and classic content. With a new raid being released, they may want time to clear the content before being interrupted or stressed out by new content being released in classic.
What is special about TK and SSC is, at least to my memory, that it steps raiding difficulty up quite a bit from the bosses we currently have available. Even though the forthcoming bosses may be viewed as “solved content”, I highly doubt that doing Lady Vashj is going to be a PUG-friendly experience.
Instead of joining the chanting choire that asks for “more content asap”, I want to propose an alternative approach: Consider releasing Ogrila, Skyguards, Druid epic flying before releasing new raiding content (if it is, as everything suggest, is due pretty soon). This gives people more things to do. In addition, I believe that the efforts directed at solving the PvP-battleground system needs to be done with before introducing a new set of raiding content that potentially bring a lot of people who occasionally engages in PvP away from battlegrounds.
Ultimately, I plea for not releasing raid content at a high pace that predominantly caters to the scene of players who already have established raiding guilds and designated roles. For what it is worth, as anecdotal evidence, my own guild is newly formed with TBC. The majority of players in it did not play through all vanilla classic phases, and a lot of them are actually new players with the launch of TBC classic. For this group of players, there is a lot of new things to get used to. Releasing TK/SSC too soon may carry the risk that some players get overwhelmed, even those who played TBC classic already for two months.
Simply put, I believe we all want to enjoy TBC for as long as possible. Not having raid content released at a high pace does not necessarily mean that TBC is not to be enjoyed. Having content on farm is part of the game, in my opinion. However, there are some parts of the game that could be added without much harm already at the end of this summer - such as new dailys. There is also the opportunity to re-introduce the original Recruit a Friend (RAF) programme with mount awards etc.
Looking forward to the discussion,