World of Warcraft designer explains why you keep dying

Think the new Heroics are too hard? Get better at not sucking

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In World of Warcraft there are dungeons, and then there are ‘Heroic’ dungeons. Commonly referred to as Heroics, these dungeons are more challenging than their ‘regular’ counterparts and provide better loot as a reward for the tougher boss battles. In the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, Heroics were a fairly easy and the high-level loot flowed like wine. But Blizzard decided to ramp up the difficulty of Heroics in Cataclysm, causing some players to cry foul.

In an official response to players’ concerns that Heroics have become ‘too difficult,’ World of Warcraft lead systems designer Greg Street reveals Blizzard’s point of view on the topic and shares some tips that will help players struggling to clear the more difficult content.

“The bottom line is that we want Heroics and raids to be challenging, and that is particularly true now while the content is new and characters are still collecting gear,” says Street on  “They’re only going to get easier from here on out. We want players to approach an encounter, especially a Heroic encounter, as a puzzle to be solved. We want groups to communicate and strategize. And by extension, we want you to celebrate when you win instead of it being a foregone conclusion.”

According to Street, Heroics and entry level raids, like Naxxramas, in the previous expansion were a mistake – and offers specific tips for tanks, healers, and DPS players to step up their game. In short, tanks should be sure to mark targets for crowd control, DPS should know the mechanics of boss fights better, and healers should make sure they have the appropriate gear to keep the party alive. It’s doubtful that Street’s ‘common sense’ tips will appease players who think that Heroics are just too hard, but we hope that it will lead to fewer wipes and under geared players using the game’s updated dungeon finder.

Have you been playing World of Warcraft Cataclysm? We’ve had both great and horrible experiences running through the new Heroics with our priest. Tell us what you think about the increased difficulty level of the new Heroics below.

Jan 12, 2011 

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