Limited Attempts Removed From Icecrown Citadel Normal Mode
European players woke today to the news that the limited attempts system implement in Icecrown Citadel so far is being removed from normal mode content after this week’s maintenance.
From a personal point of view (and that of my guild), this is excellent news. While I enjoy “attempts” being facilitated as part of an achievement, such as the Tribute to Insanity mechanic in Trial of the Crusader, I really don’t like our attempts being limited when learning content. If a guild choose to spend hours or nights learning an encounter, they should be allowed to do so. Restricting our attempts on a boss and thus our time spent in an instance is tantamount to controlling our raiding time and that smells a little too much like an infringement of choice to me.
Various factors can interfere with the limited attempts mechanism. A player being disconnected (particularly for ten man guilds like ourselves) is pretty disastrous and is certainly likely to cost an attempt. Server instability is another huge issue. Many guilds will complain about insane lag spikes, particularly on Wednesday evenings. In the case of Eonar, these can be highly inconsistent and no sooner do you think everything has settled than are you suddenly greeted with six second casting delays. Losing precious attempts to factors outside of personal control is infuriating. It puts everyone in a foul mood and generally makes the process of learning accounts no fun at all and we are ultimately here for fun.
There is undoubtedly an argument that states the better and more skilled guilds shouldn’t need so much time to learn encounters. Equally everyone had access to the PTRs allowing them to sample the content before it went live. For most people however, learning is a process of repetition and removing this mechanism allows guilds to spend as much time as they wish progressing on the normal content.
So thumbs up for removing this at last. Sadly, the incoming hard modes remain unaffected but this is a step in the right direction. Undoubtedly we will see the restricted attempts removed from these also after a couple of months as it is the only obvious way to remain faithful to their ethos of allowing all players to see all content.