The Demise of Tier 5 Content
Your guild raided Serpentshrine Caverns and Tempest Keep. After several months of hard work, your raids feel apart when encountering Lady Vashj and Kael’thas Sunstrider. Patch 2.4 lifted the attunement requirement for Mount Hyjal and beyond, so you decided to poke around. First week, your guild attempts the trash mobs. It was sloppy at first, but your raid got better in 2 weeks’ time. When you took down Rage Winterchill, you became more confident and decided to push forward. One by one, Anetheron, Kaz’rogal, Azgalor fell.
All the while, you let Vashj and Kael’thas live for one week after another.
Sound familiar to you?
From what I can see, there are two categories of guilds in terms of progression at the moment: those who have completed Karazhan and are trying to field enough people for 25-man content, and those whose condition I have described above.
There are a few who already have the 25 people together to jump from that first category into regular 25-man, tier 5 content. Because there are so few, there’s a group of people who are caught in the limbo in between tier 4 and tier 6 and have nowhere to go, myself included.
Zul’Aman was initially introduced as tier 4.5 content with the intention of keeping players occupied before the tier 6.5 content of Sunwell Plateau was completed. Unfortunately, this retroactive introduction of lower tiers meant that there were many people in tier 5 who were going into Zul’Aman. If a raid could not get together because of missing people, at least they had enough people for a 10-man. Unfortunately, this left out those in limbo once again, which sets up for the disparity between a Zul’Aman PuG and an actual raid.
The Shattered Sun Offensive badge rewards brought a whole new level of badge gear. It used to be that some of the older badge gear would be a stepping stone to get into tier 5 if you can’t get that gear you want to drop from Karazhan. These rewards and the drops from Magisters’ Terrace could also replace tier 5 (and even tier 6) gear, but at a much smaller, 5-man content.
So take your pick, 5-man and 10-man versus 25-man. You will see why tier 5 is being compromised in favor of all this filler content.
As much as I want to see SSC and TK, there are so few groups who are first venturing into it and intend to do it regularly. At this point, it’s merely a stepping stone into tier 6 because the attunements have been lifted. In addition, the groups I have found in tier 5 are full on hunters.
So now I’m stuck with SSO gear and have nowhere to go but to battlegrounds when not looking for a Magtheridon group to get my Champion of the Naaru title. Why am I even trying to get a [Medallion of the Alliance] for an Archimonde fight that I might not see?
Thanks for messing up the delicate balance of progression, Blizzard.