Last night was my first Molten Core run at Level 100, having missed the original Level 60 Molten Core back in the bad old days of WoW Classic when paladins were pathetic buffbots who specced Retribution to get a whole 5 minute Blessing Of Kings then dumped their points in Holy and “tried to heal” alongside constantly recasting the 5 minute buffs again. I quit the game for several months after getting Holy Shock at Level 40 and by the time I got back I had no chance of getting into any raids before Burning Crusade launched. 😛
…or, for those who need a quicker summary of those days, WoWCrendor to the rescue. 😛
…yeah. Classic/Vanilla sucked. Legions of Warcraft fans and RPG fans who’d played paladins or militant cleric types (like myself) signed up to be some kind of holy knight only to end up as someone’s healslave for the first two expansions, unless they gimmick-Porcupine-tanked in Burning Crusade or blew people up as a Shockadin in PVP. Anyone care to guess why I blew off raiding until the Retribution fix in Patch 3.0.2 with my small 10-man guild? 😉
Either way, I made sure to make fun of those days with a few snarky instance chat lines during the run as we trudged through and eventually got Mister “BY FIRE BE PURGED!!!” Ragnaros to shut his mouth.
“Loot the stupid core hound!”
“Wait for sunders!”
“DECURSE DECURSE DECURSE!!!”
Actually that third one was a legitimate issue. 😛 Everyone forgot their de-curse buttons and there was a wipe or two because the mages and other curse-removing folks forgot about the abilities while priests were trying to use Mass Dispel. Oops. 😛
Interesting though that these very 5-minute curses are the things that Blizzard says they’d never use again, and I can see why, when the denizens of LFR forget that this stuff has to be dispelled. However with the demographic issues with this game, I can see why they wouldn’t use it again.
Over the past several years WoW’s significant growth has partially been fueled by folks playing this game who couldn’t handle something like dispelling a 5 minute curse. While the term “Dumb Casuals” is indeed derogatory towards players who don’t spend 16 hours a day playing WoW or something, there is some legitimacy when you consider all those WoW players who had their girlfriends or parents or someone start playing who normally don’t play videogames of any sort.
I particularly ran into this with healers. Perhaps one of the things that Blizzard needs to fix the most is the issue where it’s far too easy for someone to roll a healer as their first character and get completely carried through the game because they just stare at health meters and just heal their buddies. They otherwise wouldn’t give a flip about anything else but when you can get free progression just by healing others, it creates one of the big problems with the “MMO Trinity” as we know it, as opposed to previous RPGs where dedicated healers were more of a bonus that saved you money on health potions since games in those days had more robust potion systems. If you want to spot one of these carried babies today, just look for anyone who does absolutely nothing when nobody needs to be healed, or those whiners on the forums crying about, “Please don’t make me DPS!!!! I didn’t roll this character to DPS!!!”
Either way, demographic choices like dumbing down the game and making it more casual-friendly has its consequences – one of them being that a raid like Molten Core remains a challenge 10 years later no thanks to people not being bothered to read little debuff tooltips on their screens. 😛
Then of course there’s the problem of 40-man-raids with all the spells going off. My current system which has *no other problems* running the game at max settings these days wound up conking out in a 40 man raid, so I dropped everything down to Low mode and got the REAL Classic WoW experience with crappy graphics. 😀 I know Blizzard wanted to give people a taste of the bad old days with this one-and-done MC run as part of the 10th Anniversary Celebration, but needing to drop the graphics and having the game crash once when I wasn’t proactive enough on dropping the graphics is a little excessive ya think? 😀
I don’t miss those days. 😛 Before I say good riddance though I should try Tarren Mill Southshore at least once though…. Hmm…. 🙂