At level 80, decked out in ICC gear, I was practically immortal when it came to questing through WotLK (and earlier) material. Waves of mobs? No problem. Giant pull while questing? AoE is all it takes. Group quests? Solo’ed them.
And I was far from being the only one. Level-capped players in WotLK with decent gear and half a brain could breeze through missed quests, dailies and the like without even breaking a sweat.
It’s nice — humbling, even — to be smacked down from that high horse.
Questing through Cataclysm content has refreshed my sense of being a mere mortal in these lands of Azeroth. I’ve died in the most unexpected of situations simply because I hadn’t yet adapted to the fact that I was no longer playing through material for which I was massively overqualified.
But with gear now made obsolete from the expansion and while fighting mobs that are at least at my level, if not higher, situations can get tricky. In those first few hours of questing in Cataclysm, in particular, I remember running into a couple of issues. It seems that mob re-spawn rates in the new areas were much higher than usual, and sometimes I would end up with multiple mob-respawns at the same place and time.
Usually no problem – AoE to solve the situation. But having three or four of these guys smacking on you at once is a different story than WotLK trash. Especially when it takes much more than just a couple of hits to kill them. A well-timed Vanish or Evasion has many times gotten me out of what could have been a mess, but even those tricks haven’t prevented me from taking several runs back from the graveyard to find my corpse. Oh, and Recuperate? It’s my new best friend and has become a regular fix in my rotation. I feel so weak.
Similar to our severe fallibility in Cataclysm heroics as poignantly described by Amatera,content in general just isn’t as easy when running content for which your gear is now obsolete. I only wonder how long it will take before we catch up. Will it be at the level cap? Perhaps after gearing up in heroics?
The challenge factor has been reinstated as I continue toward the new level cap. Let’s see how long it lasts before I claim my spot on top of the world once again.